Solo: A Star Wars Story ★★★½

Solo: A Star Wars Story ★★★½
Humpo Show Rating | 7.0
IMDb Rating | 7.2
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Erin Kellyman
Director: Ron Howard
Plot Summary: During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion. (IMDb)

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The story of how Han Solo became…Han Solo. 

The films begins with the young Han (Alden Ehrenreich) as he engineers an escape from the fascist planet of Corellia. He must reluctantly leave behind love interest Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) as she is unable to leave the shipbuilding planet. He promises her that he will return to rescue her from the planet. His plan to rescue Qi’ra will require money, so he enlists in the army of the Empire, where he falls in with a group of interplanetary thieves which are led by Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and are joined by Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) in dramatic circumstances. They are charged with the task of stealing a shipment of coaxium by gangster Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). There is plenty of action in this fast and loose film, which mirrors the kind of man Han Solo is.  Continue reading

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Thank you, Victoria Aveyard // Red Queen Series Highlights

I have been wondering of how to fittingly mark the ending of Aveyard’s Red Queen series, and to be honest, even when I began typing away my thoughts, I had no real idea of where it was going to go, but it seems like it will be as simple as a thank you to the author for creating a special series of books, while also imploring others to pick the books up and read them! (I apologise for the overly long and heavily commared (is that a word?!) opening sentence, it gets better, hopefully!).

🔥⚡ The RED QUEEN Series Highlights // Why you should read the series! ⚡🔥

5 Reasons Why Red Queen Series is Amazing:

Victoria Aveyard is a master of world-building.  
The action scenes are some of the best I have ever read. 
A diverse and LGBT set of characters.
A love triangle that actually works well.
EXCELLENTLY written. Continue reading

War Storm ★★★★☆

War Storm ★★★★☆
Victoria Aveyard


Genre(s) | Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopian
Goodreads Rating | 4.02
Humpo Show Rating | 4.25
Publisher: Orion
Published: 2018

Rise. And rise alone.

Mare has chosen the Scarlet Guard and Cal has chosen his crown. Reeling from Cal’s decision to follow in his father’s footsteps and rule Norta, Mare must draw on all the inner strength she has, to fight for the rights of the Reds and the Newbloods in a world that is fracturing from the Scarlet Guard rebellion and the warring between the Silver Kingdoms. Maven still sits on the Nortan throne alongside his Lakelander Queen, Iris, and they are intent on eradicating the Scarlet Guard, destroying Cal, and bringing the continent under their Silver rule. Mare, Cal, the Silver allies, the Scarlet Guard, and the people of Montfort have to come together to defeat Maven and the Lakelanders, who have brought nothing but war, death and destruction to their people. War is coming, and Mare will try to achieve her mission of bringing equality for the Reds, defeating Maven, and persuading Cal to give up the throne.  Continue reading

The Blacklist (Season 5) ★★★★☆

The Blacklist Season 5 (2018) ★★★★☆
Channel: NBC
Starring: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Mozhan Marno, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq, Ryan Eggold 
Creator: Jon Bokenkamp
Humpo Show Rating: 8.4

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We’ve known for a year that the duffel bag contains human bones, but the identity of the poor skeleton inside it has been kept a secret — just the way Red wanted. But the finale of Season 5 finally tells us to whom those bones belong to. Some theorists may have guessed it, but we all know that the theories are only just starting as we have the rest of the year wondering what the revelation means to Liz, Red and the Task-Force. Continue reading

Munich ★★★☆☆

Munich ★★★☆☆
Robert Harris


Genre(s) | Historical Fiction, Espionage
Goodreads Rating | 3.89
Humpo Show Rating | 3.25 
Published: 2017
Publisher: Arrow Publishing

Thank you to Arrow Publishing for sending me the paperback version of Munich for review.

Robert Harris regales the story of the 1938 Munich Agreement between Germany, Britain, France and Italy. Europe is on the precipice of another war. Adolf Hitler has begun acquiring areas of neighbouring countries, citing their Germanic history, in order to build a stronger homeland. Harris weaves together the events of history with some background fiction as he tells the story of two men, one German and one English, who play roles in the final meeting between Chamberlain and Hitler in 1938, when peace was still a possibility.  Continue reading

The Murder on the Orient Express ★★★★½

The Murder on the Orient Express ★★★★½
Agatha Christie


Genre(s) | Mystery, Thriller, Classic
Goodreads Rating | 4.16
Humpo Show Rating | 4.40
Published: First published in 1926. 2017 edition
Publisher: HarperCollins

A train. A murder. Multiple suspects. Everyone has an alibi. They all have a motive. How did this seemingly impossible murder occur? With only his observations, detective acumen and his imagination to call upon, Hercule Poirot has to sift through the lies to uncover who the murderer is.  Continue reading

Homeland Season Seven ★★★½

Homeland Season Seven (2018) ★★★½
Channel: Showtime
Starring: Claire Danes, Elizabeth Marvel, Maury Sterling, Linus Roache, Jake Weber, Morgan Spector, Mandy Patinkin  
Creator: Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa
Humpo Show Rating | 7.5

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“A paranoid President closing ranks while facing a Congressional investigation. A loudmouth media personality spreading wild conspiracy theories. Russian meddling. Homeland‘s brand of politically charged drama has always felt ripped from the headlines, but this season has been so bleeding-edge current, it almost stings. Saul’s tense standoff with fiercely anti-Keane talk show host Brett O’Keefe — which ended in a deadly shootout — was a chilling cautionary tale of how heated political rhetoric can too easily lead to real-life bloodshed, just months after the tragedy in Charlottesville. And as for the Russians peddling fake news, well… let’s just hope our own government can get to the bottom of it as efficiently as Saul Berenson is.” (David Nemetz, TVLine) Continue reading