The Last Dragon Chronicles 

Okay, so more book stuff! I took a break from Gone Girl and picked up 8 books instead.

So, I read the first 3 books of The Last Dragon Chronicles when I was (I think) 11 years old, bare in mind I’m 22 now. I definately have Icefire, the 2nd book, in hard back.

Order is: Fire Within, Icefire, Fire Star, Fire Eternal, Dark Fire, Fire World, Fire Ascending.

So I picked up the first book before I headed on my trip to Sydney and Cairns and fell in love with the characters and the book all over again. Once I had finished the first, I couldn’t wait to read the rest! 


A quick synopsis is basically David Rain is a student and moves in with Elizabeth Pennykettle, her daughter Lucy, Bonnington the cat and a lot of clay dragons. Elizabeth makes the clay dragons and makes a special dragon for David which helps inspire him to write and takes him on a crazy journey discovering secrets, magic and love.

Okay, so there’s much more to it than my bad synopsis, but so much happens that you need to read them and I don’t want to spoil anything. I know what you’re thinking, it’s a kids book about dragons, but it isn’t. It’s so much more than that! It’s a mystery, romantic, bit scary, but it’s thoroughly enticing. You’ll finish a chapter and it’ll leave you wanting more! 

I left the last book in Melbourne whilst I’m travelling New Zealand for a month, so I don’t know how it ends yet!
Lemme tell you this, I haven’t been this excited about reading a large series of books for a very long time. What’s great about it is that there’s so much emotion in these books, that I cried (hard) at the happy and sad bits, I had to put the book down when I got so frustrated when something bad was happening, I got physically scared whilst reading on the plane that I needed to take a break and remind myself that it wasn’t real. 

Reading them 11 years ago, I can see why I stopped after 3 books. The story line is so strong, that even though they are kids books, it’s a little complicated to follow. Now I’m an adult, I can fully appreciate the story line and why it’s written the way it is. If 11 year old me had just finished the 3rd book, I probably wouldn’t have put it down!

Read them, then tell me I’m lying!

Chris d’Lacey, you are an amazing man with the imagination of a god!

Happy reading, Jess x


Going to the Opera

I thought I’d do a quick post on Sydney Opera House, because if you’re in Sydney have obvs seen the Opera House but have you been to an opera? 


Quick facts: 

It was designed by Danish architect, Jørn Utzon

It opened on 20th October 1973

It’s a UNESCO world heritage site as of 2007

Every tourist, traveller and maybe even a local or two have posed for a photo in front of the grand sails. 


But going inside if even more breathtaking. I was even stunned at the roof in the toilets!

Going to the opera at Sydney Opera House was one  of the best things I did. It was my first opera EVER, and we saw a greatest hit collaboration which included songs from such operas as Carmen and the Barber of Seville.


The theatre was amazing and the acoustics were just astounding.


Obviously when singing opera, one would need to have a very loud voice, but I still expected them to wear mics, which they didn’t.
At the interval, we ventured upstairs to a windowed area and got a nice view of the harbour and then harbour bridge. Plus, we got a great idea of the interior architecture.



You can tell why it’s one of the most recognised building of the 20th century!

Amazing architecture, amazing performance! Go to the Opera!

Jess x

Books books books

Books have become a big part of my time since coming to Australia.


I never found I read much at university, other than a tonne of scientific journals everyday, so when I wanted some down time I’d usually watch a movie instead.

Now that I’m in Australia, I have found a lot of pleasure in sitting in a park, in the shade of a tree, absorbed by a good book. And who could disagree, really?

The hunger games series
became my gateway back into the reading world. If you haven’t read them, do it, now! Trust me on this, the movies have NOTHING on the books. They’re in first person, Katniss’ point of view, which allows so much more emotion to be felt for the characters! 


After temporarily running out of books, I borrowed The Witness by Nora Roberts. I must admit, had me hooked by the first chapter. It’s about a girl who witnessed a murder, and goes into hiding. I must admit, would make a good psychological thriller movie! So if you’re stuck for a book, pick it up!

The maze runner series was my next adventure (Maze Runner, Scorch Trails, Death Cure). Read them, even The Kill Order, which I suppose is a prequel, but after the first 3 books. I don’t know if it’s just me, but these books were scary, but scary good! (Or maybe I just have a vivid imagination?) Btw, they’re different to the movies, so forget everything you watched, because the books are a tonne better!

My next conquest is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (hopefully you remember this was also made into a movie with the fantastic Ben Affleck and Rosemund Pike). At the moment I love it! Prepare to be updated on the progress!

Jess x