Wednesday, 31 August 2016

All About the Hype – by Paige Toon

Original Cover
My own copy
The blurb:

The third super hot, super fun Jessie Jefferson novel from internationally bestselling author, Paige Toon.

Is the life of a famous rockstar's daughter all it's cracked up to be? And what about dating your fellow band-member just as you hit the bigtime? 
Jessie is still getting used to being a celebrity, and the daughter of one of the world’s biggest rock stars. With her own music career on the rise, a gorgeous love interest and a fun group of friends, it seems Jessie’s glamorous LA life couldn’t get any better . . . but things are about to get really complicated.

My Opinion:

We are back with Jessie, Johnny, Meg and Co.!!! Finally!!!

All About the Hype is book 3 of Paige Toon’s Jessie Jefferson series and also connects her YA books to some of her other books! I think that’s why I’m still so fascinated and excited about it.

Jessie is now living with her father and starts school in LA. It all starts with a birthday party her dad organises, but it doesn’t really turn out great, all it does is make her think of her mum. She spends a lot of time with her new friends, her band mates and even her friends from England and stepdad Stu come over for some visits.

Jessie is such a great addition to the Jefferson family and I loved following her adventures in this book. I absolutely adored the scenes between her and Jack, I think they are great together!!! Paige added some great romantic scenes in this book, her writing fits them in perfectly and adds some vivid sparks to the story.
Johnny and Meg are one of my fave Paige Toon couples, so it’s just awesome to be back with them. It’s so lovely to see Johnny as a dad. He also has some lovely moments with Meg in this book, I just adore them all to bits!

Jessie meets some new people in this book, one of them being Dana, yes THE Dana (if you don’t know her read Paige’s other books about Johnny) and of course that adds a lot of drama to this story! Oh and I quickly want to mention gramps, he is great! Him "babysitting" Jessie is hilarious!!!

Another thing I really liked about this book, is the way singing and music are included. Johnny and Jessie share a wonderful thing in this book and that actually made me cry.

This story is truly magnetic and full of sparks! This story takes you on an exciting roller-coaster ride, full of emotions, excitement and passion. There is a lot going on in this book, but it never got to a point where it was too much. I actually really liked this fact and I think it added even more glimmer to this book. Not only Jessie, but obvisouly also Johnny and Meg and some other characters got part of their story told, this is just fab! Jessie is a bubbly character and it’s so awesome to read her perspective, I felt like being in her head! Is this really the last book?! I want more of Jessie and Johnny!!!


My possible cast: 


Johnny: Garret Hedlund

Meg: Alona Tal



Stu: Gary Oldman

Jack: Matt Dallas

Paige Toon on Twitter: @PaigeToonAuthor

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Musical Review - Into the Woods at the Menier Chocolate Factory

About the show:

Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James
Lapine. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", as well as several others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family (the original beginning of The Grimm Brothers' Rapunzel), their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.
The musical debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986 and premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, where it won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera (1988). The musical has since been produced many times, with a 1988 US national tour, a 1990 West End production, a 1997 tenth anniversary concert, a 2002 Broadway revival, a 2010 London revival and in 2012 as part of New York City's outdoor Shakespeare in the Park series.

Meiner Chocolate Factory: Into the Woods - Menier Chocolate Factory

My opinion:

This time I went to see a very special production of Into the Woods at the Menier Chocolate Factory. It was fab to be back at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where I saw “Assassins” in December 2014. The theatre is very old and small, it’s like being in a cellar. In 2014 the stage was in the middle and the seats were on the left and on the right, this time it was a bit higher on wood and on the other side there were the seats.

The stage was very special, in the middle of it was an old piano. At the back there were lots of ropes, representing the forest. There was also a ladder, a table and several other things. On the sides were also some instruments. There was a total of 10 actors on stage. Most of them actually did more than one role and it was fascinating to see them switch the role, only with a little accessory. All of them also played some instruments in between and they all were on stage the whole time.

Little Red Riding Hood was Rapunzel as well, both princes had several roles. One of them was
the wolf and one of the step sisters, the other one was Jack’s cow and the other step sister. The both were hilarious!!! The had funny hats one and curtains as dresses and they were totally in the role. Now, an actual person as the cow sounds weird right?! Let me tell you: it totally worked!!! He did a fabulous job. Also some of the others had several roles and it was impressive to see them switch between them, it must be really tricky and imagine having to learn this and then also playing instruments in between. The princes weren’t typical princes, which actually gave the whole show a refreshing vibe. I wouldn’t have cast most roles the way they were, but they were actually all on point! The cast was a fab bunch and it was wonderful to say how they worked together and how they became one one stage.
The acting of all of them was brilliant! As for the singing, I really liked one of the Princes, Jack (Patrick Mulryan), the baker (Ben Steinfeld), the witch (Vanessa Reseland) and Cinderella (Andy Grotelueschen).
They also took turn in narrating the story, which totally worked. There is a narrator normally, but with this kind of production they found a great solution. The piano player was on stage the whole time, the piano just got moved around and he did a fabulous job as well.

The effects were awesome in this show. When the wolf ate the girl, they did a great show with shadows. There were several excellent moments like this.

This is a show where you can get lost (in the woods) for a positive reason of course. There are so many little details in this show, which put it on a whole new level. Just BRILLIANT!!!