The Guest List by Lucy Foley: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Non-Spoiler Review

Lucy Foley’s next murder mystery is finally here! Well, I say finally, but I’ve only had to wait since November after I read, and fell in love with, The Hunting Party (2019). As one of my most highly anticipated 2020 releases I couldn’t wait to see if the success of Foley’s twisty Scottish highland tale of a New Years Eve reunion gone wrong would be continued in The Guest List (2020) as a similarly ill-fated wedding party become isolated by a summer storm. This is a non-spoiler review, and I will do my best to ensure nothing can be spoilt.

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SIX (UK Tour):⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review

If you’ve been in any contact with the British musical theatre industry in the past three years, you’ve likely heard of Six. Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ reimagining of the six wives of Henry VIII has been taking the world, including Broadway and Australia, by storm since its debut as a student production at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. Six sees all six queens of England reunite to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak and they take back the microphone with full force.

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February TBR Including Blackathon 2020

It’s finally February! I really thought January was never going to end, but here we are. In January I threw myself into reading, experimenting with just how much I could read and how much my mood affects my reading before really sinking my teeth into my two 2020 resolutions; first, to be on top of anticipated 2020 releases and second, to read far more diversely. Luckily, February has turned into the perfect opportunity to make a good start on both of those resolutions. Continue reading to see my Blackathon 2020 TBR, listed at the top, followed by 2020 releases and finally the other books I’m planning to get to.

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Non-Spoiler Review

I have been dying to read this book. Plain and simple. Now that I have read it, thank goodness, I’m so excited to finally talk about it! I was first introduced to Ruth Ware through BooksandLala as she gave The Death of Mrs Westaway a positive review and put The Turn of the Key on her Best Books of 2019 list which was mirrored by many other Booktubers as well. I’m currently making my way through the audiobook for The Death of Mrs Westaway but I couldn’t wait to read The Turn of the Key so I treated myself with a Christmas voucher. My primary reason for pushing to read this one first is that I adore Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and many of the following reworkings I’ve read. If something is anyway linked to The Turn of the Screw I’m going to read it. Between the consistently positive reviews and connections to a favourite classic, I was impatient to dive in.

This review will contain no spoilers so I’m going to apologise now that some aspects may seem vague. I can’t go into too many details so I’ll do my best with what I know can’t spoil this awesome book for anyone! I’m planning to do a big blog discussion series covering The Turn of the Screw and my favourite reworkings so I’ll be uploading a spoiler-filled discussion as part of that which will cover the same aspects mentioned here in more depth.

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The King and I:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review

The King and I is only the fifth musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and many people have experienced it through the 1956 film which led to many Broadway and West End revivals. Perhaps the most successful of these revivals opened in 2015 on Broadway directed by Bartlett Sher and starred Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, featuring Ruthie Ann Miles. After winning three Tony Awards this production was taken on a US National tour and transferred to the London Palladium all culminating in this current UK tour. Prior to the 2015 revival, my experience with The King and I had come through both a 1999 animated film which used the songs and names of the musical production and 1956 straight to film adaptation. However, after watching clips from the Tony Awards I became far more interested in the new adaptation of such a famous musical beloved by my mum and grandmother. As I wasn’t aware of the plans to embark on a UK tour, I did also take my mum to see the live cinema screening of this production from the London Palladium, so I have seen this production in full before with Kelly O’Hara. Due to this, and the classic nature of the show, this review will predominately focus on the new cast members whilst also addressing some areas of the plot. So, I was lucky enough to be invited to see the current UK tour on its press night at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Whilst I was invited to press night, and given my tickets in exchange for a review, all views are my own.

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