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Book Review: Fated by Joanne Kershaw

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Defeated but not vanquished, the foes of light have retreated. But victory came at a terrible cost to Elora Walker, with her friends lost and scattered. Eleven months later and just seventeen, she commands her own Vanguard quad but struggles with a past that won’t release her and a future she hesitates to embrace.

The barriers between worlds continues to weaken, Dark Seekers are emboldened, and David still plans to engulf humanity in eternal night. Elora means to end the threat once and for all but dreads the personal consequences. Will saving the world demand the ultimate sacrifice? And who must pay it?

After the emotional roller coaster that was Reflected I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Fated. I needed to know exactly what was going to happen to Elora and her friends. The prologue starts off straight after the events of Reflected as the friends reel from the aftermath of what happened. With their enemies having now retreated, Elora and her friends are left to pick up the pieces and try and rebuild and carry on.

Chapter one begins almost a year after the events of the prologue, Elora requests a transfer after her graduation to be on the front lines and finds herself at Keystone in an entirely new quad. Wanting a change from what has happened in the past she distances herself from her friends as they all struggle to fight their own demons.

The emotions in Fated run fairly high from the get go and be prepared for that ending, Joanne Kershaw really knows how to kick a reader in the feels. I loved everything about this book, from the characters, to the world that was created, everything helps to bring the entire story to life.

I for one plan to read the entire series again from the beginning just so I can fall in love with the characters and potentially have my heartbroken all over again but it’s definitely worth it. I would recommend this story (and series) to anyone who likes a good young adult fantasy series.

Be sure to check out Joanne Kershaw’s Facebook page by clicking the banner below. You can also purchase Fated from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Joanne Kershaw Facebook

Irisa Nyira – Defiance Build

Irisa Nyira, also known as Irisa Nolan, is a female Irathient, the adoptive-daughter of Joshua Nolan, a deputy Lawkeeper of Defiance and the host of the Kelavar.

Season one of Defiance aired last year (2013) and soon became a hit. From the beginning of the show I loved all the characters and knew I wanted to cosplay as someone from it. My favourite characters from the show were Irisa Nyira and Stahma Tarr. Originally I had planned to cosplay as Stahma with friends as Datak and Alak but after much consideration my friend who was going to cosplay as Datak decided it would be easier for her to be Stahma so I changed to Irisa. Turns out I’m a lot happier with this choice as as season one went on I fell in love with her character more and more.

I actually started with the basics for Irisa which was making her necklace and buying contact lenses and boots. I did buy trousers for her as well but haven’t got the picture on here.

Following that it was time to work on finding a wig. I found one in a colour I really liked but sadly even though it was heat resistant I could only find that specifc colour in a side parted wig so I bought a new wig cap and started the slow process of removing the wefts from one wig cap and transferring them to another so I could add the side parting into the middle.

I couldn’t find the exact colour fabric for her top but I could find the same fabric just in a somewhat brighter colour so after ordering it from the USA and having it delivered to a friend over there I pick it up in September and got to work.

After buying some gorgeous red leatherette I got to work on the shoulder rig which involved what felt like a million different ways to attach it together including buckles, eyelets of different sizes, two type of thonging and elastic.

This is all the progress I have so far on this costume but am hoping to have it completed in the next week as I’m meant to be wearing it for Winter London Film and Comic Con next weekend. Will hopefully have some more updates once it’s all finished.

Updating The Page

I’ve been very behind recently with any updates on this page apart from adding the odd album for costumes. I have slowly started to change the appearance of the page and am going to be working on updating all the albums with recent convention photos. I may also be doing an update of any events I have done since the beginning of the year.

I still have a few parts to do on my Stephenie Meyer Day experiences last year with pictures and videos to share. Sadly real life go in the way a little bit at the beginning of the year so I apologise for the lack of any activity, replies to any comments etc.

Please stick with me guys and I will try my best to keep this page updated. I may also be adding some new ideas to the page including book reviews and possibly the odd book to movie review. Also have been doing a few photo edits recently for movies and TV programmes I like so I may also be sharing those either within posts or as a separate page on the top.

GiPsy Dharma

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So I don’t usually share products on my page that aren’t used for costumes but I just had to share GiPsy Dharma. You may have seen their pictures shared on friends facebook feeds with amazing giveaways of their boots, and I for one try and enter each week because their products are just amazing. Don’t worry I’ll be adding all the links to the bottom of this page.

GiPsy Dharma is not just a brand it is a passion for handmade clothing and leather footwear. Life is a journey, a beautiful journey if one looks at it from the right perspective and GiPsy Dharma is my own philosophy of always being on the move and constantly dreaming of what will come next. Gipsy Dharma boots are designed to help people in their journey by, if only slightly, beautifying their lives, inspiring them, raising their level of self-awareness and by giving them a lucky sign to start fresh. After all, don’t we all have a little free spirited Gipsy in us just waiting to get out and explore? 🙂 – From the About Us

GiPsy Dharma Facebook page
GiPsy Dharma Website

Stephenie Meyer Day 2013 Part Two

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So I said this next post would be from the beautiful drive from Port Angeles to Forks but some of the videos from this post are actually from before reaching Port Angeles but thought it was better to put them all in one. All the pictures however are from between Port Angeles and Forks. Don’t think I really need to write much else about the journey cause you can see what it was like from the pictures and videos alone.

The next post will be actually arriving in Forks and finally getting to meet everyone from the Stephenie Meyer Day Olympic Coven.

Stephenie Meyer Day 2013 Part One

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So this post has been a long time coming, I’ve been meaning to do it for months but never had the chance to, I was originally going to do just one post with my experiences but it looks like it may have to be split into different parts. In September 2013 I got the chance to go to where Twilight began, a sleepy little town called Forks in Washington which is the main setting for the Twilight Saga. Not only that but I went at the same time as a yearly event there called Stephenie Meyer Day run by the awesome Staci Chastain in honor of Bella Swan’s birthday.

Not only did I go to Forks but I also got the chance to go to some of the movie locations as well the book locations and also spent some time in Seattle, though that was mainly for shopping!

So where do I begin. Our journey started on 10th September 2013 from Manchester airport, where we had to catch an 11am flight from there to Philadelphia, USA. With a 4 hour layover before our flight from Philadelphia to Seattle. When we got to Philadelphia we actually met up with Vee from the Stephenie Meyer Day Olympic Coven who happened to be on the same flight as us between Philly and Seattle.

That was pretty much day one of our journey. This also included them losing mine and Vee’s luggage after they “accidentally” left it in Philadelphia. I totally blame Vee she cursed us by saying her luggage wouldn’t arrive, it ended up being my suitcase and her’s that didn’t turn up though my mum and boyfriend’s both did.

After a really early start of 5am (damn you jet lag) we had to go and retrieve my suit case which was arriving on the first flight from Philadelphia and also go and pick our car up. Yet again I ran into Olympic Coven members, this time in the form of Christilynn aka Bella and Tiffany aka Rosalie. I also got to meet Subha aka Jacob/Lil J and his mum who is the sweetest lady ever. (Sadly didn’t get any pics with Subha at this point)

So before I even left Seattle I’d already met 4 members of the SMD cast. What made waiting around more worth while was finally getting to meet Victoria K and Staci C as well as Whitney and a few others. So then onward on our journey…..next stop Port Angeles.

After Port Angeles was the journey between there and Forks itself, now that is worth a post of its own due to the pictures and videos I got a long the way.

Upcoming Costumes for 2014

So here is a bit of a look at some of the costumes I’m hoping to complete for 2014. The actual list is longer then what I’m posting here but these are the ones that I’m aiming to have done. Everything else will just happen when it happens. The list includes:

Catching Fire – Katniss Everdeen – Mockingjay Dress
Catching Fire – Katniss Everdeen – Arena Outfit
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – Yellow Ranger
The Lone Ranger – Lone Ranger
The Three Musketeers – Aramis

Been Away For A While

So followers I’ve been away for quite some time. I have still been making costumes over the last few months as people who follow my facebook page will have seen but I’ve not had much time in between to update my blog.

Due to a death in early May I didn’t really feel like posting much or really anything on here. Hopefully between now and the end of the year I will be trying to update with photos from the last few months as well as any costumes/commissions I have done in between.

Also because of my absence from here I apologise to anyone who has commented on my posts asking questions and I will do my best to get back to you. I have lots of updates to add here and will work on those in the coming months. With luck as we enter 2014 I will be back to posting more regularly. Thank you for sticking by me.

Been having a bit of a play round with some of the setting on here as well you may have noticed my posting name has changed from Samward to Naurarwen and I’ve also tried to add a gravatar which hopefully works as well.

Q&A: Project October

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So my first Q&A will be with the awesome costuming group Project October. These guys are the bees knees and definitely a great group to know. I first met two members of Project October, Rob and Terry at Entertainment Media Show 2012 and we became friends from there.

Name: Rob Tyler
Age: 28
Location: London

Name: Terry May
Age: 25
Location: London

Name: Sharon O’Brien-Lumley
Age: guess!
Location: Surrey

Name: Chris Hampshire
Age: 28
Location: Wallington

What got you into costuming?

Rob: I have always been a massive geek and fan of everything sci-fi/comics and spent huge amounts of my childhood collecting props and replicas from my favourite comics/shows/games and always wanted to have costumes as part of my collection. It wasn’t until I eventually got the courage to wear them in public and I got hooked on costuming as a hobby rather then collecting.

Terry: I have always been a comics/games/movies fan and have been going to conventions for a long time. I finally took the plunge into costuming in 2012 when Rob and I were already planning costumes for a big Halloween party for my 25th.

Sharon: Love going to all the cons and saw all the great costumes that others were wearing….the bug took hold!

Chris: Not sure. Who doesn’t love it?

When did you do your first costume and what was it?

Rob: October 2012 was my first ever outing in costume. I did Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat 9 along with Terry who matched up with me as Scorpion. For both our first outings into costuming they were received incredibly well and started an addiction for us!!

Terry: Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, first appearing at EMS 2012.

Sub Zero and Scorpion

Sharon: EMS Oct 2012 Dark Knight Rises Catwoman

Chris: I can’t remember when it was but it was at the film and comic con at
Olympia with my girlfriend Sharon O’Brien-Lumley. I went as Batman……… I’M BATMAN…

The Cat and The Bat

If you could make any costume if money wasn’t an issue what would you want to do and why?

Rob: The Guyver… Not a massively well known character but the art and styling are absolutely amazing and I’ve been a huge fan of it since childhood when I first read the manga’s, the armour is just stunningly designed…

The Guyver

Terry: Without a doubt, the horseman Death from Darksiders. Ideally I’d like to do it in a group and get all four horseman of the apocalypse together!

Death Darksiders

Sharon: I really would love to do a quality deluxe female version of Tim Burton’s mad hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Custom made wig and huge gigantic top hat! Would love to have it all hand made in the UK for quality control reasons as I’ve had a few problems with items I’ve bought from overseas, this then would make it pretty expensive! Or maybe a female Predator!

Chris: That’s a good question. Give me lots of money and we will see what i come out with….

Any upcoming projects/costumes?

Rob: So many in the works at the moment I like to keep the majority of my projects secret as I want them to be a surprise when they’re finished and to keep them unique but I’m near enough always working on something usually 2-3 projects at once if they’re not for me I’ll be working on something for a friend or commission so it never really ends.. You can see most of my works in progress on our group page but I’m probably working a couple behind the scenes in secret then what you’ll see there

Terry: Green Arrow, 4th Hokage from Naruto and a few secret projects!

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Sharon: Selene from Underworld and a Silent Hill demon nurse!

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Chris: OH YES…. I have a few plans in mind, Hellboy will make a return and this time I will remember to pack the coat. For other costumes….. watch this space.

Hellboy

What would your say is your main focus in costuming (armour, corsets, props, fursuits etc)?

Rob: Armour without a doubt everyone of my costumes have to be in someway armoured I don’t like “soft” costumes especially as I can’t sew and am pretty useless at textiles/fabric work but even ignoring that I just prefer an armoured or latex organic style costume as seen in my Spawn suit none of my current costumes really have any props so my next project is focused pretty heavily on props as opposed to the armour…

Terry: I like costumes with props, something to spice things up a little. But realistically I try to focus on characters I like at the same time as things that are unique and/or aren’t seen too often.

Sharon: Definitely corsets at the mo, but I’m also quite into my props having made a Poison Ivy whip and a huge over sized knife for my Silent Hill nurse character….

Chris: I would have to say armour, I love the way it looks and gives a really good film look about it. Plus corsets don’t look good on me lol.

What is your favourite part of costuming?

Rob: Everything really, I love the actual putting a project together and designing it in concepts stage right up to the actual work in building it and putting it together to the final “test fitting” where I get to see the finished result for the first time but the biggest buzz has to come from wearing it at a convention there’s nothing like it!

Terry: Meeting other cosplayers and awesome people is great fun. There’s a fantastic community out there and I’m glad to now be a part of it! Also, getting to really geek out over something you love and be almost ‘exposed’ in this way is extremely liberating. Doing this has really opened me up and changed my perspective on a lot of things.

Sharon: You can be someone else for a day – being able to transform yourself completely into someone or something else – some people have said that I’m unrecognisable! Also love to see all of the other weird and wonderful costumes others come up with.

Chris: Dressing up…… lol… I like the looks from people and people wanting photos. Cosplaying is a great way to meet great people.

Any upcoming events?

Rob: MCM Expo in May LFCC in July MCM in October probably a few others in between but those are the big ones I 100% will be attending.

Terry: Yes, quite a few the Project October group. We’ll be at MCM Expo in May, followed by LFCC in July. Then we’ll be attending a number of other events throughout the rest of the year.

Sharon: Next con is the MCM in May.

Chris: You bet. May 24th 25th 26th at MCM Expo

What do you do for fun outside conventions?

Rob: I’m really into mixed martial arts and the gym I spend huge amounts of my free time in the gym either lifting weights or working on my cardio, I’m also a trained tattoo artist so try to keep up with that as much as I can if friends want work done etc other then that my time is used up by the usual time wasters video games, movies, friends and so on!

Terry: I read a lot. I play games even more. I go out and spend time with my friends most weekends and I have a multitude of other hobbies to amuse myself with when not doing the aforementioned things. And, of course, I like to come up with and research new ideas for future costumes!

Sharon: Love movies and musicals ……also love usual stuff like going out to eat and drinking!…but I am also a mad vampire fan so anything vampiric or horror is for me too!

Chris: Fight crime with the rest of Project October………

So that rounds up the end of the questions with the Project October team, check out their facebook page and don’t forget to like it (link is at the top of the page). Till next time folks!

Quick update

I’ve been doing a few updates to the various galleries on here including adding drop downs to a lot of them. I have also changed the header as this page has become more than just Bella’s wedding dress now. There may be some other changes over the next few days so don’t be alarmed if you come back to the page and suddenly everything looks different.