Belinda_kisses_tnBel’s happy with the series so far!



shadow huntersThis is a Netflix exclusive, 13 episode TV show based on the best selling Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

Some would class the City of Bones film as a bit of a flop… (I personally liked it). So I was utterly thrilled to see recently that the TV series was heading to my Netflix account on the 13th of January 2016. Episodes are to be released on a traditional once weekly basis and I’m looking forward to seeing the installments pertaining to the slideshow shows when mousing over the tile.

The special effects are pretty damn cool and though the first thought that ran through my head when they pulled out the Seraph blades was ‘Wow hope they bought enough batteries’, the rest of it is better than most I’ve seen before.

They didn’t stick to the storyline rigidly; Clary is 18, rather than 15, and the cast has completely changed… not necessarily a bad thing.

I want to hear what you all thought and tell me if you’re going to keep up with the series.

I am totally sucked in.

Belinda_kisses_tnBelinda Hamilton reviews Suffragette.



suffragetteDirected by Sarah Gavron

Remember the mother from Mary Poppins, singing heartily about her sister Suffragettes? This film is a long way from the frilly frivolity of spoon-fulls of sugar and spit spots.

Emmeline Pankhurst has had a gutful of inaction in the women’s rights moment and decides to rally the foot soldiers to create anarchy to get the message across. “Deeds not Words.”

We fall into the movie as Suffragettes take aim with rocks and anything they can get their hands on to break multiple panes of glass in 1912. We follow Maud (based on the real life Suffragette, Hanna Mitchell) as she gets swept up in the women’s moment.

Along the way we see the bitter pill many women in the Suffragettes had to swallow. Be it losing their jobs, their children, being ostracised, being thrown out on the street by their unsupportive husbands or being beaten; not only by the males in their lives but the police.

The casting is superb. Edith Ellyn (based on Barbara Gould) played by Helena Bonham Carter, makes me want to wave the flags and don the sash.  And as for the few minutes Emmeline Pankhurst, played by Merryl Streep is on the screen you can clearly see she was such a force of Nature.

The watershed moment of the suffragette moment is also covered in the film. Emily Wilding Davis played by Natalie Press. But you’ll have to either do a little research or see the film yourself.

The one thing that boggled my mind was the timeline displayed at the very end before the credits roll.

The last decade of the 1800’s was when New Zealand became the first self-governed colony in the world to allow ALL women to vote. But it took 122 years for Saudi Arabia to catch up when in 2015 women were finally given the right to vote.

Suffragette is at the end of its run in the cinemas but hopefully it won’t be too long a wait for the DVD release; and if there is any justice in the world, the DVD will be jam packed full of history filled extras.

We may think the work those ‘pesky’ suffragettes were marching toward is done and dusted, but baby, we’ve still got a long, long way to go.

If you saw Suffragette please let me know what you thought.



aguirre-queenBelinda’s Top 5 reads of 2015

~ Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan. (Millennium’s Rule book 2)

~ Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Anne Aguirre

~ Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

~ Day Boy by Trent Jamieson

~ Running Like China by Sophie Hardcastle

Jamieson_Day Boy CoverBelinda’s Most Anticipated Reads of 2016 (no particular order)

~ Glass Sword (Red Queen Book 2) by Victoria Aveyard  – February

~ Stars Above (the inbetween books of the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer – February

~ Marked in Flesh (Book 4 in The Others Series) by Anne Bishop – March

~ Firstlife (Everlife book 1) by Gena Showalter – February

~ The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise Book 2) by Rachel Vincent – August


As we all know Belinda is wonderfully crafty, and today she shares a 3 Xmas decorations in 3 minutes with us. Beneath that is a wonderful decoration she made for us during the year that’s had nearly 6000 views.



Bel and Joelene discuss Hachette’s forthcoming YA books, which they heard all about at the Holly Black event in Sydney.


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