Monthly Wrap Up // June 2017

Welcome to my first ever monthly wrap up for June!

I had so many plans of all the blogging I would do over the summer, but unfortunately June turned out to be a not very fruitful month for blogging. I feel like being involved in not one but two blogs, as a blogging noob, was a bit of an ambitious project as I’ve found it quite difficult to manage posting content for both this blog and corralling the other 3 members of the Happy Homo Book Club every week. Not to mention trying to do this on top of desperately applying for jobs as my last student loan payment begins to drain away, write my dissertation, deal with everyday life, leaving the house every so often, coping with my depression & anxiety, and of course, trying to keep up with reading and gaming! *gasps for breath* But, it is what it is. I’ll use it as a learning experience and try to work around it for next month. So here’s what I *did* manage this month.

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Juliet Takes a Breath – ★★★☆☆

My first and only review to date. It took me over 2 months to finish JTAB due to struggling with some of the content, but overall JTAB was an amazing YA book about the intersections of race, gender, queerness, feminism, coming out and coming of age.

The Girl of Ink and Stars – ★★★★☆

My partner bought me this as a present for finishing my exams in May. I loved the beautiful cover and maps inside the book, and following the journey of cartographer’s daughter Isabella Riosse as she ventures through the mysterious Forgotten Territories of her island in search of her missing friend. It didn’t take me long to get through this book and I loved every second of it.
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What I’m most excited about at E3 2017: Xbox Conference

Anyone who knows me will know that I am not a massive fan of Xbox, and their presentation at E3 did nothing to change that, even with their announcement of their new Xbox One X console which they dub “the most powerful console in the world”. Whilst I admire (and snark on) their enthusiasm and release of a diverse array of Xbox “exclusives” which suit a wide range of audiences, there is nothing in there makes me gasp and go “I must immediately sell everything I own to get me the new Xbox One X console”. So, whilst I have provided a list below of the games that excited me most at the Xbox One X conference, it’s good to bear in mind that these are ‘Launch “exclusives”‘ aka we just got to announce the game, or ‘Timed exclusives’ meaning that they will be quickly available on other consoles, if they not immediately.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

From the moment I saw the figure of a young girl smoking a cigarette and the photographs on the wall, I knew immediately that it is was something to do with Life is Strange and let out an excited scream. Having finished playing LIS only a few months ago and now owning my own ‘Arcadia Bay’ t-shirt, I am still riding the LIS high and was sooo excited to see Xbox drop this trailer for Before the Storm. Debuting this summer, Before the Storm will be a 3 episode prequel to LIS which follows a younger Chloe and her best friend Rachel Amber, allowing fans to return to Arcadia Bay but this time see it through the eyes of young Chloe. Having been wondering how on earth LIS will continue on given the decision to allow players to choose between entirely different endings, Before the Storm provides a great opportunity to jump back into the game without forcing players down one consequence track. Given that this game focuses on a younger Chloe, there will of course be differences to the game. First and foremost, given that Max does not exist in Before the Storm there will be no re-wind powers meaning that you will have to live with the decisions you make. And secondly, Ashley Birch will not be reprising her role as Chloe, given her younger age, but instead will be joining the writing team and will be replaced by actress Rhianna DeVries.

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What I’m most excited about at E3 2017: EA Conference

Watching E3 every year has become somewhat of a tradition in our house since we first discovered it just a few years ago and I’m super excited to be able to live tweet my reactions and compile all these emotions into blogs this year. This years E3 is running from Saturday 10th June until Tuesday 13th June 2017, kicking off tonight with the EA conference. So, without further ado here are some of my highlights from the EA conference and what I’m most excited about.

Star Wars Battlefront II – The Major Attraction

Of course, Star Wars Battlefront II is one of the biggest attractions for many at this year’s E3 conference following the resounding success of Battlefront launched in 2015. Since then, it appears that EA has been playing close attention to the concerns of fans and has actually (shock horror) addressed some of these! As a massive fan of the entire Star Wars universe (owning all of the films, various books, and playing a multitude of Star Wars games across a number of platforms) the trailer actually gave me goosebumps watching it which were only intensified during the conference.

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