Enigma Quests School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Review

Essentially, the Enigma Quests School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is an Escape Room, based around the theme of Harry Potter

What is an Escape Room?

An escape room is a popular entertainment activity, where small teams of people, 3-5 roughly, are up against the time, in order to complete a mission to escape a room they are trapped in. Puzzles, challenges and clues are to be solved co-operatively to complete the mission successfully.

My Experience

I absolutely love Harry Potter (if you didn’t already know) and was absolutely thrilled to participate in this challenge with my 5 friends.

The location of Enigma Quests was highly accessible, being very close to Liverpool Street Station in Central London. As soon as we entered the site, I could feel my nerves and anticipation creep up.

The team at Enigma Quests were very welcoming and since I’m an early bird, we arrived early and chilled in the lounge – where we played multiple board games and helped ourselves to the refreshments available.

Once we entered the escape room (after our prep) we all desperately ran around attempting to find clues. At first we were all so confused but managed to figure our way around. The escape room was very challenging and required exceptional team effort. The challenge itself was absolutely thrilling and we all had an AMAZING time, especially as our first escape room experience.

I am also very proud to say our team managed to escape the room within the 60 minutes we had. We achieved an outstanding result, with 2 minutes remaining.

This escape room was well worth the £20 I paid for it. And thanks to Enigma Quests, I would happily participate in another escape room.

Hm, for my birthday in April, I’m possibly thinking about going to the ‘Snatch: A Million Pound Heist’ escape room by Enigma Quest, which is opening soon.

Suggestion for improvement

My time with Enigma Quests was brilliant and the only suggestion I can think of is an item of remembrance e.g. a certificate of achievement, to be given which would commemorate the achievement of teams. Or possibly a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter?

Enigma Quests Website: https://enigmaquests.london/about

 

November Book Haul

Books. BOOKS. BOOOKSSS.

There’s just soooo many I want and soooo many to buy. Unfortunately, that also means I require tons of money, which I sadly don’t have.

But, I just had to get a couple of books at least so this month I bought 11. That’s an achievement, trust me, I limited myself and held back on my urges.

As to not bore you I’ll keep the description of the books short (the first book in series may only be described) but reviews will slowly follow. And I mean slowly… (blame college).

Note: some prices may differ due to sales etc.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

This set was the first set of books I purchased at only £8 from The Works; a UK based retailer, however they have got an online store. (Link at the end of the page)

This trilogy is essentially about Wolves (duh!) and explores the love between Sam and Grace. Sam isn’t a normal boy – as the cold surfaces, his transformation leads him among a pack of wolves. Shiver (the first story) counts down on what could in actual fact be Sam and Graces’ only summer together.

Note: a fourth stand-alone sequel has been released.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

After reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here and absolutely loving the book entirely, I had to purchase other books from Patrick Ness. From reading one book by him, I can say that his writing is enticing and captivating. The Rest of Us Just Live Here explored real issues and struggles, which I was able to relate to my own life.

Review for The Rest of Us Just Live Here: https://xxjustmywayofthinkingxx.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/the-rest-of-us-just-live-here-by-patrick-ness-review-author-event/

The Chaos Walking trilogy is set in a dystopian world where creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in images, words and sounds called Noise. The first story, The Knife of Never Letting Go, begins with Todd being forced to flee his own country due to discovering a patch of silence.

Bought for £6.99 from The Book People (link at the end of the page).

Legend series by Marie Lu

The Legend series in short words is set in the Republic, a nation at war with its neighbours. Born into an elite family is June and born into the slums is Day. Their paths are crossed when June’s brother, Metias is murdered and Day is the prime suspect. In a turn of events the two uncover what really brought them together and the lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Bought for £4.99 from The Book People.

The Bane Chronicles

The Bane Chronicles is a series of novellas highlighting Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments. The short stories are co-written by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan.

Bought for £4.99 (hardback) from The Book People.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

John Green’s first novel tells the story of Miles “Pudge” Halter who heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School, and Alaska Young who steals his heart.

After, nothing is the same.

Bought for £3.99 from The Book People.

 

 

The Works: http://www.theworks.co.uk/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=B%20%7C%20Brand&utm_term=%2B’the%20%2Bworks

The Book People: http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_home_tbp?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100

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The Secret Fire Review + Author Event

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Where do I start?

The Secret Fire is an amazingly written, YA dystopia book by two fabulous authors; C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld, an award winning French author. The two whom I met at a Hatchards book launch event in London. The two collectively collaborated to produce The Secret Fire. The Secret Fire is a story where Taylor Montclair and Sasha Winters race against time to conquer fate.

Personally, I liked reading the book like I really really enjoyed reading it and I just really wanted to get to the end of the book. Like you do with all books but towards the end of the book I realised something, I just really wanted to know the end. Naturally, like others but this book was different. The problem I realised, when I was ¾ down, was that I didn’t feel as much emotion as I usually do (being a very emotional person). The book hadn’t made me cry yet, it didn’t make me utterly scared or frightened to death about what was to come, yes it made me smile at times but didn’t make me want to hug the book and never let go.

Don’t get me wrong, it was interesting, very, very interesting and I was so very intrigued by the book. Knowledge was my craving, emotion there was a lack of. But I guess I didn’t mind that as I hadn’t realised until I was almost done with the book.

The finality left me helpless. And yearning for more.

Immediately, I tweeted C.J Daugherty asking if there was a sequel and was so grateful for her reply.

“@SiredHybridxx YES. 😀 The Secret City comes out next year.”

I am now holding onto hope for The Secret City and I am absolutely excited for the second part.

On a final note, the book launch event was incredible! Meeting both authors was a pleasure and being first in line to get my book signed was a complete delight. I received a Secret Fire tote bag and cake pop which was insanely wonderful, so thank you to the organisers and the authors.

Goodreads link to the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22911719-the-secret-fire?ac=1&from_search=1

Goodreads link to my profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27118401-siredhybridxx

I rated the story 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

 

First fanmail success – Sam Claflin

Since you all have probably, already realised I am a major fangirl I thought I’d share some of my fangirlish experiences with you. Have I mention yet that recently I discovered the art of fanmail and how to send it?

Well now I’ll tell you a little about it.

The process is fairly simple as long as you have a valid mail address for the certain celebrity you are a fan of. As long as the celebrity isn’t massively big, it should be easy to find their fanmail address. The most comment site used is fanmail.biz and after thorough research I decided to send fanmail to Sam Claflin as he is known for possibly, actually signing them although, you can never be 100% sure.

However, I must warn you that having a celebrity signing your fanmail isn’t always guaranteed – a lot of fans receive pre-printed autographs, autopens, secretarials etc.

I took a chance and mailed him two pictures which I printed myself, at home. I mailed this with the address I found and sent a self-addressed stamped envelope inside so that he would have no trouble sending the signed pictures back to me.

Surprisingly, I received the fanmail back signed extremely quickly.

Sent on: 13th July

Received on: 5th August

I was immensely ecstatic and could not be happier! Especially since Sam Claflin was the first person I have ever sent fanmail to and it came back successful.

Sam Claflin

Insurgent Premiere

I haven’t yet written about my visit to the insurgent red carpet premiere in London so I thought it was about time.

Insurgent is the second book of the Divergent trilogy (which were absolutely amazing reads). The last book had me bawling at 5am in the morning for hours, non-stop. They were honestly worth the read. Although, pretty similar to usual YA dystopia’s.

But back to my trip … when I heard that there was going to be an Insurgent premiere in London I jumped at the idea of being there to meet cast members I adore. At that moment I instantly checked my availability for the date and almost screamed once I knew I could go. Also, I searched up all the relevant information etc.

The next step was tackling my mother, whom I thought would never let me go. But guess what? She was totally fine with it! Phew.

On the day of the premiere I was really nervous about not getting to meet them and it was my first premiere so I was utterly lost. But twitter came to my rescue! I talked to a couple of friends who were also going and they helped me out a lot. Thank God for that.

I’m not going to give you all an entire rundown of my day, only what actually happened and if I even met anyone. Thankfully yes, yes I did. Tears of joy leaked my eyes when I managed to get my Insurgent book signed by Veronica Roth (the author). And then I got a poster signed by Shailene Woodley who plays Tris (I love her!). Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get anything signed from Theo James (plays Four/Tobias) since he was getting called from miles away all the damn time! However, I did see him and I guess that’s what really matters.

Insurgent Premiere

The funniest thing happened to me towards the end of the red carpet premiere. In comes Conor Maynard and towards my direction may I add! After frantically screaming “Connor, Connor”, the two of us posed for a picture together. Only problem: my phone doesn’t have a front camera… so I flipped it around to use the back one. And guess what? My stupid self managed to somehow cut myself out of the picture. Haha.

Nevertheless, for my first premiere I was unbelievably ecstatic and would love to go a premiere again sometimes soon. I’m thinking Mockingjay? If there is one here: in London.

5sos.

(This is kind of personal, you might not understand it but here it is…)

5sos

But I stood in front of you guys today,

And I stood there staring cause I had nothing to say,

Realising I lost respect for you along the way,

I thought I’d tell you how much I love you,

And you’d reply with I love you too.

But I lost that respect along the way,

And you have no idea how hard this is to say,

You were my one and only band,

My four little helping hands-

That respect; lost along the way,

And it’s not just about the fans,

It’s about your self-respect too.

Do you know?

Those fans that listen to your music at night,

Tears streaming from their pretty little eyes,

‘I’m okay’ so nobody knew it was all lies,

Cause life is just so damn hard for them,

And it’s you they depend upon.

They see you on TV,

It makes them smile,

Knowing at least their idol – yeah you,

Has a good life.

When I heard Ashton cut,

I cried knowing how hard it is to stop,

And he said no more because of his fans,

Was that really the truth or an uncaught lie?

When votes for which member fans liked best,

And Michael had the least percentage on the test,

I was upset because I thought about him,

How hard that must be, to really see.

But then came out that picture with Michael with those 2 girls,

And you guys tried to cover it up,

But something inside some fans broke off,

Knowing this is the band they look up to…

The band they defend like no other,

The band they depend upon.

Yeah that was me,

I guess you could say it still is.

When Calum took the three back home,

Ignored the fans,

It hurt,

And another piece of their heart broke away,

Knowing this is the band they look up to.

Crumble, disintegrate, and surrender,

They counted on Luke to keep them sane,

Did you even know the girls name?

Another picture,

They didn’t know who to blame.

Tears dry up,

Look back at their Twitter page,

See their idols another time,

Justifying it by saying “you’re teenage boys.”

Turn to sleep,

Hoping for at least a week,

No repeats.

Just another song,

Happy it got released.

Comic Con Yesterday

Yesterday, on October 25 I attended London MCM Comic Con and have previously been there last year. This is a way for fans to interact with other fans and guests, dress up (cosplaying) and much much more! Last year I went and met some of the Teen Wolf cast and again this year I met other members of the cast as well as the new Morganville series cast and author. I travelled with three other friends and we had an amazing time!

At first, I met Stef Dawson who plays Annie in Catching Fire & Mockingjay (sequels to The Hunger Games) and I was so happy to get an autograph from her plus lots of pictures for free! She was so sweet and told me it was her first comic con signing. Later, on towards the end I went up and talked to her again since she was generally hanging around and we took multiple silly selfies (which I don’t usually do since I’m not photogenic at all).

The second person I met was Dylan Sprayberry, Liam from Teen Wolf and he also played the young Clark in Man of Steel. He was simply perfect and a tear actually streamed down my face. Dylan gave me a hug, and I should note that I got a free picture and an autograph from everyone I met! I also met Arden Cho (Kira on Teen Wolf) who was stunning and adorable! By good fortune, I was able to have a nice long conversation with Jeff Davis (producer/writer of Teen Wolf and Criminal Minds) even though there was a long line of fans happily waiting to meet him.

The new web series Morganville had its cast attending Comic Con consisting of Jordan Farris (by the way he is playing my favourite character Shane!), Amber Benson, Lindsay Seidel, Ben Easter, Robert Picardo and writer of the Morganville Vampires book Rachel Caine whom I all met. Honestly, it was my first book I have signed by the author and I was very excited considering I read many books. It still feels surreal. Plus Ben Easter called me beautiful OMG.

Make sure to check out the new web series Morganville starting on October 27.

(I’ll try to add in photos later since my friend has got them all.)