Saturday, 27 May 2017

What's On My Playlist (May 2017)

I think the last WOMP blog post I did was a year ago. Wow. I've heard a lot - and I mean a LOT - of good music since then, but unfortunately I can't include all of it here. So here goes: the top five songs on my playlist this month!

(I know I usually do ten songs, but I figured that's a bit much, so five it is.)

1) Strangers | Halsey & Lauren Jauregui


I'm so glad one of my friends introduced me to Halsey last year. She's soon becoming one of my favourite artists. Her songs never - and I mean never - disappoint.
I heard this song yesterday, and I was spellbound. It's about drifting apart from your girlfriend and not being able to do a damn thing. Yes, it's a lesbian song, but still so relatable.

Favourite lyric:

// When I wake up all alone
And I'm thinking of your skin
I remember, I remember what you told me
Said that we're not lovers, we're just strangers
With the same damn hunger
To be touched, to be loved, to feel anything at all //

2) The Night We Met | Lord Huron


Look, I hated 13 Reasons Why. I absolutely hated it, because I felt it depicted suicide and mental illness in the worst light possible. But this song, which plays during a memorable moment between Clay and Hanna, is simply beautiful. I especially love the 'ooooh' that plays x2 in the beginning. Just gives me chills - in a good way!

Favourite lyric:

// I had all and then most of you, some and now none of you
Take me back to the night we met
I don't know what I'm supposed to do, haunted by the ghost of you
Oh, take me back to the night we met //

3) Beauty and the Beast | Ariana Grande & John Legend


Okay, old song, I know. But somehow this song reminds me of Mahi and Ranveer from my very first YA romance, A Soft Spot for Hate, because it's all about changing your perspective and seeing someone for who they are and not who you presumed them to be, prejudices be damned. I know a lot of people like the original better, but this one just speaks to me more.

Favourite lyric:

// Tale as old as time
Tune as old as song
Bitter-sweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong //

4) Malibu | Miley Cyrus

I've always been a Miley fan, from her Who Owns My Heart era to her Adore You stage, but this song seems to come straight from her heart. It's about her relationship with Liam Hemsworth, and though I hate Gale Hawthorne, I do like Liam and Miley together, so yay! This song is so breezy and fun. I could dance to it all day. And how cute is the video? I love the part with the colourful balloons!

Favourite lyric:

// I never would've believed you
If three years ago you told me
I'd be here writing this song
But here I am
Next to you
The sky's so blue
In Malibu //

5) Eyes Closed | Halsey


Yes, another Halsey song. Because I love her.
This one's about having feelings for your ex even while you're with someone else. Again, quite relatable, judging by all the YouTube comments. I love the sick beat, and her voice! Seriously, her voice is the female equivalent of Matt Murdock's voice.

Favourite lyric:

// Now if I keep my eyes closed he looks just like you
But he'll never stay, they never do
Now if I keep my eyes closed he feels just like you
But you've been replaced
I'm face to face with someone new //

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What are your top five songs at the moment? Heard any of these? I'd love to hear your thoughts. What's your take on Miley's new look?

Oh, and I'm planning to start a YouTube channel very soon. Once I get my hands on a good camera. Yes, it's very exciting.  Let me know in the comments below what kind of videos you'd like to see.

See you soon, Geeks! :)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

'Jack Be Quick' by Benjamin Thomas: A Book Review

A picture scrawled in blood pushes paramedic Noah McKeen into a game of hide and seek with someone attempting to honor Jack the Ripper.

Tormented and controlled by little white pills and visions of the woman he had intended to start a family with now in the company of another man, Noah fights to control his sordid selfish behavior and stop a brutal reenactment of history’s most notorious serial killer.

Note: I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Murder. 

I don’t know what it is about murder mysteries that thrills me so much. I’ve always loved them. From watching CID to binge-reading Hercule Poirot to playing James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club games on my laptop, I’ve done it all, and loved every minute of it.
 

So it should come to you as no surprise that I really wanted to get my hands on Jack Be Quick. Jack the Ripper is one of history’s most fascinating serial killers, and I really hoped this novel would do justice to his horrendous work. 

Did it?

Hmm. Yes. 

I’ll admit, the first half of the book wasn’t particularly engaging, seeing as the story was more character-centric than plot-centric. There was also a lot of focus on Noah’s drug addiction, which, while important to the story, did seem to take away from the mystery at hand. 


Next to death, caffeine and narcotics were candy and soda. Maybe his real addiction was tragedy.


I did like his relationship, or lack thereof, with his ex-girlfriend Amber. I loved how, despite whatever went down between them, they still truly cared about each other, although their ways of showing it were a little twisted. 


 Detective Alyssa Madsen was another great character: a total badass, just the way I like my detectives. Her banter with Noah was interesting to say the least, and one of my favourite scenes involves them striking a friendship over a few drinks. 


“Maybe sanctuary isn’t a place. Maybe it’s the people you surround yourself with.”


The mystery itself was good. I loved the fact that there was a lot of involvement with respect to ‘Jack’ (no spoilers), although I was a little disappointed with the reveal. I suppose I expected something more dramatic. I also felt that his backstory could have been explored a little more. That would have given the plot a really nice touch, and given the reader a chance to perhaps – just perhaps – connect with him. 

I liked the writing. It was fast-paced, engaging and well done. I highlighted a couple of quotes (mentioned above) and would have shared more with you, but – well – spoilers!

The ending sort of intrigued me. It paved the way for a sequel, quite possibly, but there’s no cliffhanger as such. There’s enough resolution for it to work on its own.

I’m going to go with 3.5 stars out of 5 for Jack Be Quick

A good homage to Jack the Ripper, Jack Be Quick is a thrilling read, although not quite as addicting as Noah’s little white pills. 


Jack Be Quick came out in stores and on Amazon on May 9th. Pick up a copy if you think it’s your type of read!

PS: Benjamin, or the editors over at Owl Hollow Press, if you’re reading this, do drop me a comment down below and tell me why there’s no comma in the title. Honestly, I’m really curious. (LOL)