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Harry Potter Studio Tour: London

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I have always been a huge Harry Potter fan, and since I came here in the UK, I knew I had to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour located in Watford. My cousin is also a fan and he’s been my enabler through the years when it comes to my HP addiction. Since he lives in the UK, he usually send me books and Harry Potter related items, whenever a new one is released. A couple of years ago, my cousin Alan and my sister went to Universal Studios in California and they looked like they had so much fun. I missed it because I was still in Saudi then and I don’t have the freedom to go out and get a US visa. Anyway, my sister bought me a Gryffindor shirt which I love, I wear it often. When I finally got a job here in the UK, my cousin arranged everything so that I can finally go to Harry Potter Studio Tour. All I had to do was show up! He had to book the tour two months in advance because apparently there are a lot of HP fans all over the world who comes to the UK for this studio tour.

A day before our trip to HP Studio Tour, I traveled to Aylesbury because that’s where my Aunt and cousins live. I stayed at my aunt’s house and spent some time with my little cousin Andrea. The following day, my cousin (Alan) picked me up at 4PM and we drove to Watford for approximately 40 minutes, maybe a bit longer… I’m not sure. Anyway, we got there early and collected our tickets. It was a gloomy day, but my cousin took great photos outside the studio.

Once we got in, the first thing I noticed is the Marauder’s Map on the wall. They looked great and I just had to have a photo. It’s a bit tricky to get a good shot because people are walking in and out of the hallway, but I have my cousin whose quite the photographer these days, so, I had a nice photo with one of the most popular quotes in the book.

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I won’t recount everything that I’ve seen in the studio tour, in case you’re going there too. Here are my favorites:

Chamber of Secrets colorful faucets

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Special effects corner


Flying car and Sirius‘ motorbike photo-op

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Butterbeer

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Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts Bridge

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Forbidden Forest

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Diagon Alley

Privet Drive

Professor Dumbledore’s Office

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Hogwarts miniature towards the end of the tour

I’m sure I have left something out, but yeah, I enjoyed most of it. I didn’t even realize that we stayed there for three hours! The only thing that I find lacking in this tour are the rides… Not a single ride was available in the Harry Potter Studio Tour London. I was told that there are rides in the studio tour in Hollywood… However, the props that are displayed in the studio tour in London are the actual stuff they used in the movie as opposed to the one displayed in the US which are replicas. So yeah, my next goal is to go to the studio tour in Hollywood, and hopefully in Tokyo. I know, i’m such a geek. LOL

 

Good night muggles!

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TBR: Midnight Labyrinth by Elizabeth Hunter

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Synopsis:

He’s one human caught in a tangled maze of theft, politics, magic, and blood.
 In other words, it’s just another night.


Benjamin Vecchio escaped a chaotic childhood and grew to adulthood under the protection and training of one of the Elemental world’s most feared vampire assassins. He’s traveled the world and battled immortal enemies.

But everyone has to go home sometime.

New York means new opportunities and allies for Ben and his vampire partner, Tenzin. It also means new politics and new threats. Their antiquities business is taking off, and their client list is growing. When Ben is challenged to find a painting lost since the second world war, he jumps at the chance. This job will keep him closer to home, but it might just land him in hot water with the insular clan of earth vampires who run Manhattan.

Tenzin knew the painting would be trouble before she laid eyes on it, but she can’t deny the challenge intrigues her. Human laws mean little to a vampire with a few millennia behind her, and Tenzin misses the rush of taking what isn’t hers.

But nothing is more dangerous than a human with half the story, and Ben and Tenzin might end up risking their reputations and their lives before they escape the Midnight Labyrinth.

MIDNIGHT LABYRINTH is the first book in an all new contemporary fantasy series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries and the Irin Chronicles.

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Midnight Labyrinth is my most anticipated book of this year. I have always been an Elizabeth Hunter fan and I read everything she writes. The elemental series is my favorite and I can’t even remember how many times I’ve re read it. Anyway, yesterday Ms. Hunter released the first chapter of the book on her website and I am stoked. You guys, I’ve been waiting for BENZIN for years! I am grateful for the novellas Ms. Hunter fed us fans these past few years, but a full length novel… *cue tears* Wait, this is a full length novel right? Right?!? Well, It does say “An Elemental Legacy Novel” so… yeah. *happy dance*

Read Midnight Labyrinth Chapter One here.

For those who are new to the Elemental series, Ms. Hunter assures everyone that you need not to read the previous Elemental Legacy books (I highly recommend to read the entire series though). Midnight Labyrinth is a stand-alone novel.

Midnight Labyrinth is now available for pre-order, here are the links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vTuXtN

iBooks: http://apple.co/2gyESmr

B&N: http://bit.ly/2vAHyGM

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2vALPtX

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2esTdN7

The book will be available on the 7th of November. (Just two days before my birthday! It would be awesome to receive this book on my birthday, haha!)

Add Midnight Labyrinth on your goodreads TBR here.

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Hi, it’s been a while since I blogged. My schedule is switched to the night shift and my system isn’t fully adjusted yet. BTW, belated Happy Father’s Day to all fathers out there specially to my Papa! =)

So many things happened the past few weeks, a back to back shooting incident in Florida, Taylor Swift’s break up and her new beau, a toddler dragged by an alligator and eventually died of drowning, and so on. I wouldn’t add more to the comments about Taylor Swift’s love life but I would like to send my deepest condolences to all the family, friends and fans (of Christina Grimmie) of the victims in the shootings in Florida. May the souls of the victims rest in peace.

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I have read a lot of books lately, I’m trying to complete my reading challenge as soon as I can. I still have a long way to go but I’m getting there. I read and finished several book series and I’m currently enjoying JD Robb’s In Death series. I did not expect to be really into it when a friend suggested that I read it, but boy, I am so hooked. The setting is in New York. It’s a futuristic mystery novel. The heroine is a detective, Lieutenant Eve Dallas, and the hero is an alpha billionaire, Roarke. They first met when Dallas was investigating a murder and Roarke was a suspect. They remind me a bit of Castle and Beckett, I love it. I am currently reading book 10, Witness in Death. If I’m not mistaken, I still have 30+ books to read from this series and that makes me feel really glad. It means more murder for Dallas and her crew to solve and more fun for me. I highly recommend this series for readers who enjoy a good mystery novel.

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Another thing that’s keeping me busy lately is this game app Best Fiends. I’m addicted! I love the graphics and the game is just so fun. You can download it for free from Play Store.

Have a great day ahead!

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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I would like to greet all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day specially to my mom. Happy Mother’s Day Mama! Thank you for everything and I love you.
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I had the entire week off because my boss went to Italy for a week-long conference. I stayed at home and entertained myself with books, movies and Supernatural. =) Anyway, here are some of the books I’ve read and enjoyed this week.

Shameless by Lex Martin

-This is a stand – alone contemporary romance featuring a tattoed hero and a sweet heroine. If you have read and loved Lex  Martin’s previous books, I’m sure you’ll fall for Shameless too. 4/5 stars.

Eidolon by Grace Draven

– This is the second book of the Wraith Kings series. You have to read the first book- Radiance so that you’ll understand the story. I absolutely enjoyed this book because of the unique characters and amazing story line. I highly recommend this book to PNR fans. 5/5 stars

Nuts by Alice Clayton

– Clayton is one of my favorite rom-com novel authors. Nuts is the first book of her new series- The Hudson Valley Series. It’s fun, hot, and a delicious read. (The heroine is a private chef!) 4/5 stars.

New book review coming up!

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Practically Imperfect by Mary Frame

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I finished this book a while ago and I’m currently writing a review with a friend. Hopefully, it will be up on our bookaholicfairies blog by tomorrow. I really enjoyed it. Thanks Ms. Frame for sending us a copy! I think she have an ongoing giveaway at goodreads right now, check her facebook page here. I’ll post the link here later once our book review is available. If you love books and book-related giveaways go visit our book blog at http://www.bookaholicfairies.blogspot.com.

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Speaking of giveaways, it’s been a while since I joined one, but I won the first
instagram giveaway i joined this year. It made me so happy! I won a paperback copy of The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter which is one of my favorite PNR series. Thanks again Ms. Hunter for that awesome Instagram giveaway. =)

Update on my sister’s wedding playlist: Were still looking for more songs. I didn’t realize how hard it could be to create a wedding playlist. I think she’s down to two songs for her “walking down the aisle song” (she have to choose just one song). For those who are getting married soon, or even those couples whose not on that stage yet but are planning to get married in the future, I suggest you start taking note of those songs you love that are wedding appropriate. Just write it down on your notepad and hide it in your documents.  I promise, it will be very useful later.

If you have any wedding song in mind you’d like to share, please let me know. Book recommendations are also welcome! Hit on the comment box below. Thanks in advance!

What I do when I’m on vacation

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Happy Monday!

I woke up early today for no reason and while everyone is sleeping I opened my phone and browsed through my picture gallery. I went out with friends and family recently so I do have a lot of selfies and group pictures. However, what I find really funny (and a little bit horrifying) is the amount of food pictures I have! I realized that I am eating a LOT these days, and I am starting to be afraid of my growing waistline. It’s going to be a real b!tch to lose weight when my vacation is over. Sigh. Here are some of the photos I saved:

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When I’m not outside hanging out with friends, I mostly stay home and read. There are a lot of good books that came out this January and here are the few that I read and enjoyed:

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
Built by Jay Crownover
Big Rock by Lauren Blakely
Appealed by Emma Chase
Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid

I also loved Elizabeth Hunter’s Irin Chronicles Christmas special: On A Clear Winter Night. I am an avid fan of Hunter’s new BenZin novella which she posts weekly on her blog for free! I can’t wait to read the conplete version of Imitation and Alchemy!

Well, I hope you guys have a great day ahead today! I’ll go back to bed since it’s still early and I’m still on vacation! Woohoo!

The Martian Official Trailer is out!

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Hi everyone! I have been a very delinquent blogger lately and I sincerely apologize for that. I have no excuse except for laziness. Also, I had the flu and I’m still recovering from it. =(

On another note, I changed my diet and I’m a pescetarian for more than a month now, yay! I lost 3 kilos since I started this diet and I don’t  feel deprived because I still eat a lot. A lot of fruits and veggies.It’s not so hard to give up chicken and beef because my favorite meat is pork and it’s not available in Saudi Arabia anyway, so i’m not really missing much.

On book related news, the movie trailer for my favorite Sci-Fi book of 2014 The Martian by Andy Weir is now here! I think it was really awesome and I can’t wait to watch the movie. Check out the video here:

The movie will be in theaters on November!

Check out our fairy book review of The Martian here.

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