May reviews 2015:Books Movies Games and Music

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May 032015

May reviews 2015 :Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

May reviews 2015:Movies for Adults and Teens 

Teens:Jurassic WorldMay Reviews 2015

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World. After many years, Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, gravely backfires.” Little has been unveiled about Jurassic World, but expect a hybrid dinosaur – created by splicing the genes of different dinosaur species – who lunches on whatever it can find.

May Reviews 2015Adults:Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios epic follow-up to The Avengers, sees a superhero cast – including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye – to combat the threat of a genocidal artificial intelligence which Tony Stark has accidentally brought to life. Stark created Ultron to help the Avengers protect the world, but it concluded that since humans cause all the world’s problems, all humans must die. (Released: 22 April)

May Reviews 2015: Music for Adults and Teens

Teens:Drew Lustman – Crystal Cowboydrew lustman

Best known for his work as FaltyDL, Drew Lustman explores hardcore and drum & bass, as well as soul and funk on his latest release. A step away from his electro moniker, Falty DL, Lustman found himself experimenting and making the kind of tracks he would DJ with or play to friends “without the pressure of the conceptual weighing him down”. Tracks like ‘Angel Flesh’ are reminiscent of early hardcore and breakbeat, while ‘Watch A Man Die’ is a smooth, drum and bass journey. This is a must have for lovers of the pioneering breakbeat scene of the 1990s and will be a familiar soundscape to anyone fortunate enough to have raved at some of London’s best drum and bass nights during that era. Whether he’s in electro or drum and bass mode, Lustman is a musical warrior to be reckoned with.

nnekaAdults: Nneka – My Fairytales

Nigerian-German soul songstress Nneka’s forthcoming 9-track album, explores the politics of her birthplace and her own personal voyage of discovery. “My Fairy Tales is a concept album, exploring the lives of Africans in the diaspora and the struggles they face,” Nneka explains. “How we cope hustling in ‘another man’s land,’ but also the aspects of endurance, perseverance and gratitude.”


May Reviews 2015: Books  for Adults and Teens

Teens: Jinx’s Magic by Sage Blackwoodjinxs magic

Jinx is a daring young wizard’s apprentice, who travels from his home in the Urwald to an unfamiliar desert land in search of ancient magic. He desperately needs that magic as there are forces threatening the Urwald from all sides. Jinx’s Magic tells the tale of Jinx’s journey who soon learns he has to call upon the support of many magical beings of the Urwald – including witches, werewolves, wizards, and trees – to help in his endeavors

holistic energy magicAdults: Holistic Energy Magic: Charms & Techniques for Creating a Magical Life by Tess Whitehurst

Manifest success in every aspect of your life with Holistic Energy Magic, which provides ancient and modern spiritual techniques for tapping into your personal power. Holistic Energy Magic provides instructions for tool-free magic and important insights including intention, visualization, symbolic action, grateful expectation, and alignment. Complete with a spell book of charms and invocations for protection, serenity, love, and prosperity, this book shares the secrets of bringing abundance into your life.


May Reviews 2015: Games  for Adults and Teens

Teens: Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions App for Androidstar wars

Become an intergalactic hero in Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, the new action-platformer mobile game. Take on four free levels of battle against the Empire as Ezra Bridger, dodge TIE fighters, blast stormtroopers, and drive an Imperial AT-MP. With in-app purchases, wield a Lightsaber, fight Star Wars bosses, drive an AT-DP, and unlock 30 more levels and 50+ unique challenges. Customize and expand a secret Rebel Haven where heroes can hide out and rescue citizens.

Star Walk 2 - Night Sky Guide freeAdults:  Star Walk 2 for iOS

Star Walk 2 is a stargazing app that identifies constellations, planets and satellites as you point your smartphone or tablet at them. So if you’re one who enjoys taking a walk at night and gazing at the stars, this app is a perfect partner.


About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior, intuitive counselor and life coach. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or 


Mar 292015

March reviews 2015 :Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

March reviews 2015:Movies for Adults and Teens 

March reviews 2015Teens:The Moon and the Sun

King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature in this American-Chinese production, The Moon and The Sun. The film is a  fantasy/adventure feature, based on the award-winning novel by Vonda McIntyre about French king Louis XIV, who kidnaps a mermaid in order to steal its life force. Set at the turn of the 17th century, The Moon and The Sun stars Pierce Brosnan as the ageing king in search of immortality, Chinese star Fan Bingbing as the mermaid he thinks might get him there, William Hurt as Jesuit priest Pere La Chaise, and English actress Kaya Scodelario as the king’s illegitimate daughter. Released: 10 April

Adults:Last KnightsMarch reviews 2015

A fallen warrior (Clive Owen) rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master (Morgan Freeman) in the Last Knights, directed by by Kazuaki Kiriya. The film follows Clive Owen (Sin City, The International, Children of Men) as Raiden, a heroic warrior who rises up with his men on a mission of revenge for their dishonored master (Morgan Freeman of Oblivion, The Shawshank Redemption), cut down by the hands of a corrupt ruler (Aksel Hennie of Headhunders, Hercules). Released: 3 April

March Reviews 2015: Music for Adults and Teens

March reviews 2015Teens: Toro y Moi – What for?

Chaz Bundick, aka Toro Y Moi, releases his new album, ‘What For?’ on April 7, hinting at a touch of rock and guitar pop. Signalling yet another change in direction from this multi-talented producer and artist who has toyed with pop, funk, disco, electro, and retro R&B sounds. Bundick says: “I’ve done electronic R&B and more traditional recorded type R&B stuff. I just wanted to see what else was out there. It’s all coming from the same mindset and point of creativity. It’s just me trying to take what I already have, and then take it further.” Expect the unexpected. Released: 7 April

Adults:Blur – The Magic Whip

Brit March reviews 2015pop pioneers Blur return with their first album in 12 years, The Magic Whip. Since the album’s completion last year, the band have kept information about the new record under wraps. Recorded in Hong Kong during “downtime following a cancelled show in Japan”, the songs featured on The Magic Whip are influenced by their surroundings. Frontman Damon Albarn described The Magic Whip as a return to “the way we recorded when we started,” and similar in style to the music David Bowie made during his mid 70’s Berlin period.

March Reviews 2015: Books  for Adults and Teens

March reviews 2015Teens: Yield the Night by Annette Marie (Kindle Edition)

After surviving a round-trip to hell, Piper figures she can survive anything. The Gaians, aka the crazy radicals, plan to rid Earth of daemons and they need Piper’s help. In exchange for her cooperation, they promise her the answer to all her problems: magic. With her own magic, she could reclaim her apprenticeship, the only future she’s ever wanted. But her magic comes at a price – it could kill her. The third in the Steel and Stone series, Annette Marie continues her balance of action, engaging characters and romance.


Adults: Mythical Creatures Oracle by Cyele SkyMarch reviews 2015

Mythical creatures from mythologies around the world are depicted in 44 colorful divination cards. Mythical Creatures Oracle draws on myths and legends to instruct readers on how to see mythical creatures within people and situations, including within themselves. Learn to identify your mythical creature totem, cultivate personal strengths using mythical power animals, and banish negative monsters from your life.

March Reviews 2015: Games  for Adults and Teens

March reviews 2015Teens: Superbrother’s Sword and Sorcery for Android

You’re Scythian, an exotic warrior monk guided by the fabled Archetype. Your mission isn’t clear at first, but the offbeat story and your heroic task is revealed as the game rolls on. Co-operate with friends via Twitter, experience a videogame world that is affected by moon phases & help a wandering warrior monk complete her woeful errand. Your romp through the lively world may only push a few hours, but the 8-bit visuals and emotional writing make it one of the best adventures out there.

March reviews 2015Badland for PS4

Multi award-winning Badland comes to PS4 in April. Some kind of evil has entered the forest. This side-scroller from Frogmind slowly transforms your benign forest environs into a vicious industrial landscape filled with spinning saws. Your task is to keep a little forest creature safe while he navigates through a gruesome, but innovative world with 80 unique levels to traverse.

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Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counselor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or

Jaimeo Brown

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Feb 062015
Jaimeo Brown

Jaimeo Brown: Transcending the spiritual

2015 promises the return of some musical heavyweights – one of those being jazz drummer and percussionist Jaimeo Brown, who is set to release the follow-up to his Motema Records debut ‘Transcendence’ this summer.

1043938_479544382146732_1943577058_nNew York based drummer Jaimeo Brown was the crème de la creme on the jazz circuit in 2013 following the release of ‘Transcendence’ – a 12-track album celebrating beautiful karnatic Indian influences and the work songs and spirituals of an Alabama community called the Gee’s Bend Quilters.

A project that touched on Jaimeo’s experiences of living in the Big Apple, ‘Transcendence’ expressed his worldview and his own spiritual awakening. 1043938_479544382146732_1943577058_nBeing inspired by the Gee’s Bend spirituals of Alabama, he wanted to bring light to their music and artwork. “I focused on the music of the Gee’s Bend community and the Black spiritual as the root of the material because of its raw unfeigned expression,” said Brown. “Hope is in abundance in these spirituals.”

The innovative album weaved a tapestry of African-American spirituals, along with East Indian concepts, electronic textures, acoustic jazz and blues.

Speaking about his debut album, the trained musician explained: “At that time I was studying Tablas.  There are certain elements of East Indian music and classical music as a whole that I was already thinking about and experimenting with. There is something within the elements of the cry from the spirituals in Alabama and the cry from singers that I heard from Indian singers that became a common denominator. It is humans crying out in the midst of struggle. That was a huge denominator for all of the music on the project. It wasn’t the type of situation where I’m thinking, ‘Okay, how am I going to merge these elements together musically?’ It more came from a natural byproduct of things that I was already experimenting with. I think that’s what gave the record a sense of cohesion.”

Jaimeo was born into a musical family but rebelled against becoming a musician for many years. He didn’t begin playing drums until he was 16-years-old, a move that he credits with saving his life as it diverted him from a growing involvement with gang culture in California. “I was a C student. I didn’t really have much interest in anything and I was heading down a bad path. It was my father who put the drumsticks in my hands and led me to study with Sly Randolph, a Bernard Purdie protégé.”

Brown soon found himself playing with other illustrious Bay Area scenesters including pianist Ed Kelly, percussionist Pete Escovedo, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and even guitarist Carlos Santana. His CV now reads like a who’s who of music, having worked with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Garrett, Steve Turre, Geri Allen and Joe Locke, as well as Stevie Wonder, hip hop’s finest, Q-Tip and electronic music legend, Carl Craig.

Many jazz musicians are known for their integrity when it comes to their music, and Jaimeo works hard to extend that integrity to all aspects of his life. He has also worked as a music teacher providing free and low-cost music lessons to children in New Jersey whose parents were unable to provide artistic experiences for their children.

It is the drummer’s holistic approach to music greatly informed the multifaceted nature and execution of his debut album. “What I tried to do was follow the simplicity and the common denominator of each [musical] essence,” Brown says. “Being a product of the hip-hop generation and having parents who are jazz musicians, and seeing all music as kind of equal but as different forms of expressions, had a lot to do with me understanding the common denominators of gospel, blues, jazz, and Eastern Indian music and helped me create a continuity within all of the diverse ideas.”

Ultimately, Brown offers the world a kind of ‘jazz’ that simultaneously recalls the history of man while also challenging us to consider our own place and responsibility in the current cosmos. “I feel more like a steward of this project than a bandleader,” says Brown, whose conviction brought his own musical understanding, personal experience, and considerable historical and sociological expertise, not to mention patience, to the table to realize this quilted masterwork of sound.


About the Author:

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counsellor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or


Feb 052015

 February reviews 2015 :Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

February reviews 2015:Movies for Adults and Teens 

February reviews 2015Teens:Outcast

In Outcast, a mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel brother, who seeks their deaths. When the heir of the Imperial throne becomes the target of an assassination by his despised older brother, the young prince must flee the kingdom and seek protection. His only hope for survival is a reluctant war-weary crusader named Jacob (Hayden Christensen), who must overcome his own personal demons and rally the assistance of a mythical outlaw known as The White Ghost (Nicolas Cage). Together they must fight side by side in an epic battle to return the prince to his rightful place on the throne.

Adults:Seventh SonFebruary reviews 2015

Seventh Son, based on the novel The Spook’s Apprentice, centers on Thomas Ward, a seventh son of a seventh son, and his adventures as the apprentice of the Spook. In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between supernatural forces and humankind. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges), the last of the Falcon Knights, had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), many years ago, but now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. He has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.

February Review 2015: Music for Adults and Teens

romareTeens: Romare – Projections (Ninja Tune)

Taking name and influence from Romare Bearden, a collagist whose core work is influenced by black America, London-born producer Archie Fairhurst’s work explores his fascination with African-American culture and its traditions. Projections is Romare’s debut full-length on Ninja Tune, providing a “heady mix of homage and fresh approach, a statement from a young artist unafraid to revel in his influences, and confident in his own originality.” Projections features ‘Roots’, Romare’s killer groove that goes from pulsating melody and drums before breaking out into a rave-like piano riff. Dance music at its best…bring it on. Release  date: 23 February

Adults: Vijay Iyer Trio – Break Stuff (ECM Records)vijay iyer trio

Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer returns once again recording with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Break Stuff refers to what Iyer describes, more obliquely than at first glance, is contained in the “break” as “the basis for breakdowns, break-beats, and break dancing… the moment when everything comes to life.” A number of the pieces are breakdowns of other Iyer constructions. Some are from a suite premiered at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, some, focusing on birds of New York, derive from ‘Open City’, a collaboration with novelist Teju Cole and large ensemble. Released: 10 February

 February Review 2015: Books  for Adults and Teens

spirit animalsTeens:Spirit Animals 7 by Marie Lu

The seventh chapter in the SPIRIT ANIMALS fantasy series about children and their spirit animals fighting to save their kingdom. Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts – a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children – and the world – have been changed for ever. Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game – discover your spirit animal and join the adventure.

Adults:The Cook’s Tarot by Judith Mackay Stirtthe cooks tarot

How do kitchen witches take their tarot? With a touch of spice courtesy of The Cook’s Tarot – a 78 hand-painted deck that revolves around a lively culinary theme. Bright colors and often whimsical humor provide an instant connection and reading experience for anyone who has ever put two slices of bread together. In a narrative style, the accompanying comprehensive guide provides a sophisticated understanding of Tarot Archetypes and philosophy. Card meanings are based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith standard, yet project their own original flavor.

February Review 2015: Games  for Adults and Teens

zeldaTeens:The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo 3DS)

One of the most talked-about games in the history of The Legend of Zelda series is coming to Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D brings Link’s engrossing, spooky quest through the mysterious world of Termina to a handheld system for the first time, with enhanced 3D graphics and added features for users to streamline gameplay for a more comfortable experience. Release date 13: February

Adults:DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires (PS4)dynasty warriors 8

DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires focuses deeply on the chaotic lives of the warriors as their fateful decisions affect the rise and fall of the nations they bravely fight for. Players can select from 83 unique characters, or create their own original character with a multitude of options through the edit function. The visual customization goes further with the newly implemented ability to customize their horses, banners and “normal” officers. Courageous warriors trudge through Ancient China with its vast plains, bleak wastelands, narrow ravines and immense castles as they slash through enemy lines. In DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires, warriors must fight against not only enemies but also the forces of nature as the changing seasons bring new elements to the more than 35 battlefields affected by seasons and the passing of time. Release date: 27 February

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Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counsellor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or

Dec 242014

December Review 2014:Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

December Review 2014: Movies for Adults and Teens 

December Review 2014Teens:Strange Magic

Lucasfilm’s brand new animated film Strange Magic tells the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. The story by George Lucas was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The characters find themselves involved in a battle as the big baddie of the film tries to get his hands on a greedy potion. Also, it’s a musical. Pop songs from the last six decades are part of the movie’s soundtrack. Released: 23 January

Adults:The Woman in Black: Angel of DeathDecember Review 2014

In a sequel to The Woman in Black, comes Angel of Death. This time round sees two teachers evacuate a group of school children to the abandoned Eel Marsh House, while London is in the midst of the blitz. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black. Released: 2 January

December Review 2014: Music for Adults and Teens

lapsleyTeens:Lapsley – Understudy EP (XL Recordings)

2014 has been a year for 18-year-old British singer Låpsley. Her matured, sultry vocals and crafty songwriting have captured the attention of the industry and fans worldwide, is set to release her debut Understudy EP on XL Recordings. The four-track EP includes the subtle yet unassuming electro tune ‘Falling Short’.


Adults:Nostalgia 77 – Measures (Tru Thoughts).

London based musical multi-tasker Benedic Lamdin’s Nostalgia 77 project has been a 13 year journey, from collector and sampler of jazz records to fully fledged producer and specialist in not only jazz but a host of styles. ‘Measures’ is the second album under the …Monster guise, which brings a flavoursome take on instrumental jazz and has been supported by the likes of Gilles Peterson.


December Review 2014: Books  for Adults and Teens 

neomadTeens:Neomad Book 2: The Last Crystal by Suto

In the year 2076, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of 14 young warriors known as The Love Punks. The gods are watching and some of them are angry. While The Love Punks are in big trouble on Earth, the only people who could save us are seven gravity-defying girls from space known as the Satellite Sisters.

Adults:Juice: The Ultimate Guide to Juicing for Health, Beauty and Wellbeing by Liz Earlejuice

Yule may be a time of indugence, so kick start your 2015 with a do-able juice cleanse that provides your body with the right nutrients without starving your body on a traditional diet. Juicing is a fast and effective way to get amazing health benefits from weight loss, improving your skin and vitality to boosting your immune system. Beauty product founder, Liz Earle, offers delicious recipes as well as giving the lowdown on her favourite ingredients, why homemade juices are so much better than shop-bought ones and tips on inner-cleansing diets and detox programmes.

December Review 2014: Games  for Adults and Teens

dragonTeens:Dragon Age: Inquisition

A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow of terror over a once-peaceful kingdom. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive Templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your party of legendary heroes to restore order as you lead the Inquisition, hunting down the agents of chaos. BioWare’s latest action-adventure delivers an unparalleled story set in a vast, changeable landscape. Explore hidden caves, defeat truly monumental creatures, and shape the world around you based on your unique play style.


Adults:Fairy Tale Mysteries – The Beanstalk – Collector’s Edition (PC DVD)fairy tale mysteries

These are no ordinary beans! As a recently graduated investigator from the Grimm Brothers Institute, you must use all your wits – and your magic – to survive. Ascend the beanstalk to battle the mighty rampaging giant and protect the world from destruction. Find your way through the flower world, moon world, and more with the help from the elemental guardians, protectors of their realms. Revel in both full-scene hidden object quests as well as gorgeous conventional hidden object scenes. Defeat the giant in his castle to claim your reward and save the planet!

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of.



Dec 122014



With our time on Earth coming to an end,

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity.

I love films that make me come out being touched and moved about what is possible in life and the wonder of our Universe. Firing up my imagination.

I walked out really moved by the whole experience, I did not want to talk about the film as soon as I came out of the cinema- I wanted to stay for as long as I could in the state of silence, peace and wonder the film shots of space travel had left me experiencing- it was a quality of peace and silence I had once experienced skydiving- the quality of slience 15000ft above high in the sky.

The story of Interstellar

With our time on Earth coming to an end. A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet the will sustain humanity.

The story, for me is about relationships- relationship between father and daughter, relationships between humanity and Earth, and humanity and the universe and our future. I really got that human beings are the caretakers of Earth. And the need to wake up to what I am doing now that will contribute to sustaining our planet.

Traditional storytelling approach:- A mix of action adventure with “ scientifically accurate depictions of topics that have previously been mangled by the Hollywood treatment.” 

Another interesting aspect about the film is the collaboration and involvement of physicist Kip Thorne weaving real scientific facts into the story. Wow, if you love learning facts through story- you will love this film-.facts, such as time dilation when travelling in space for example one year in space is 7 years on Earth. I was understanding science topics in a way, I wish I could have learned at school. Weaving in knowledge thorough the creative art of storytelling. As a 12 year old I would have enjoyed physics more!

For those of you interested in understanding the science of Interstellar, below is a Tedex link


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Nov 142014

November Review 2014:Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

November Review 2014: Movies for Adults and Teens 

into the woodsTeens:Into the Woods

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) – all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Release: 25 December


Adults:Antarctica: A Year on IceNovember Review 2014

Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, this unique documentary shows a steadfast community thriving in a land few humans have experienced. Release: 28 November

November Review 2014: Music for Adults and Teens

November Review 2014 Teens:Diplo – Florida

Seminal producer Diplo was living between a small apartment in Philadelphia and his mother’s house in Florida when he released his debut album, Florida. Now 10 years later, Florida is being reissued bundled with the Epistemology Suite EP and five unreleased tracks. The reissue is due to drop on Black Friday on Big Dada, the original label it was released on. Florida is a far cry from the starry production-work that Diplo has become so notorious for, touching on the lo-fi beats synonymous with DJ Shadow instead. Release: 24 November


Adults:DJ Dolores ­- Banda SonoraNovember Review 2014

DJ Dolores has been at the forefront of Brazilian electronic music for almost two decades. Having been a DJ in the 90s, Helder Aragão made the shift to producing his own music towards the end of the century. He first made a name for himself when he was invited by filmmaker Kleber Medonça to produce the score for his 1997 film ‘Enjuaulado’. Always fascinated by the overlaying nature of the visual and the sonic, DJ Dolores’ ‘Banda Sonora Música para Filmes’ (Soundtrack Music for Movies) is a collection of songs galvanized by various visual sources, from documentaries to fantastic flicks. Each song has its own reflective significance for Dolores, but untied, they act as a journal of his memories connected to his time creating compositions for Brazilian cinema. The album strikes an expert blend of north-eastern roots and contemporary electronica. With traditional violin’s, flutes and accordions perched atop stomping traditional rhythms and huge dub bass.

November Review 2014: Books  for Adults and Teens 

November Review 2014Teens: Call Me Ixchel: Mayan Goddess of the Moon (A Treasury of Glorious Goddesses) by Janie Havemeyer

Ixchel, Mayan Goddess of the Moon, is a spunky young goddess throwing lightning bolts with her friends until she meets and falls in love with the God of the Sun. Their tempestuous relationship leads to many colorful adventures, including an elopement across the Milky Way, a visit to the underworld, and a sojourn with the Vulture King. Told by Ixchel in the first person, this lively book gives young readers a unique entry into the world of Mayan mythology in this toned down version of the tale, appropriate for children and young teens. The novel format provides for an engaging and compelling read, and provides interesting cultural and historical context in a nonfiction section illustrated with maps and photographs.


Adults:: The Healing Power of Tea by Caroline Dow (Llewellyn)November Review 2014

Calling all tea drinkers, find out how you can heal your body with just the right cuppa. The Healing Power of Tea is a comprehensive guide to the healing world of teas and tisanes – from black to green to oolong, there’s detailed information on different tea types, their advantages, and an extensive list of ailments and what blends will alleviate them. Whether you’re an expert tea drinker or a new convert, author Caroline Dow teaches you the many delicious benefits of tea and herbal infusions. Learn about blending, preparation and consumption, and how to grow your own herb garden.

November Review 2014: Games  for Adults and Teens

November Review 2014Teens: The Wolf Among Us for Android

The Wolf Among Us is a five-part free app series on Android. Fairytale characters are being murdered in this hard-boiled, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic book series by Bill Willingham. As Bigby Wolf –you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.



Adults:The Goddess Tarot App for iPhone and iPadNovember Review 2014

Witches on the go need not park up and pull out their tarot deck thanks to The Goddess Tarot App. Featuring beautiful, inspirational art from Kris Waldherr’s celebrated tarot decks, The Goddess Tarot, this iPhone App is a must-have for any tarot enthusiast. The Goddess Tarot App features four tarot readings including one-card oracle, four-card Past-Present-Future reading, a Celtic spread and 8-card Goddess Circle. There’s an easy to use tarot reference section, as well as a Journal for you to save any readings. This is a great tool for any beginner or experienced tarot user.


About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of. 

Sep 302014
Taming the Drunken Monkey: The Path to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Increased Concentration Taming the Drunken Monkey: The Path to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Increased Concentration

In today’s busy world, the mind can often behave like a drunken monkey–stressed, scattered, and out of control. Instead of falling victim to frustration and anxiety, learn to be calm, focused, and free of unwanted thoughts with this easy-to-use guide to mindfulness. Drawing from Western and Eastern psychology, health systems, and wisdom traditions, Taming the Drunken Monkey provides comprehensive instruction for developing and improving three basic behaviors of the mind: concentration, awareness, and flexibility. Discover the power of breathwork exercises based on yogic pranayama, Chinese medicine, and Western respiratory science. Apply meditation and other mindfulness practices to your life for newfound focus, creativity, body awareness, and spiritual awakening. As you progress from novice to master, you’ll effectively enhance the health of your mind, body, and spirit. Praise:’A wonderful addition to our understanding of the mind and the unfolding journey of discovery.’–Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening ‘In fluid and engaging prose, William Mikulas has written a book that provides a wise and delightful guide to living a mindful life . . . a helpful, systematic and very practical guide that presents numerous insights and exercises for personal transformation.’–Nirbhay N. Singh, editor of Mindfulness journal ‘This book is brimming with wise and compassionate council for everyone from beginner to advanced practitioner . . . Whether you are interested in quieting your mind, increasing awareness, reducing attachments or opening the heart, you will find just what you need as you continue on your path towards awakening.’–Michael Brant DeMaria, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Ever Flowing On�� ‘This is, undoubtedly, one of the best mind training manuals that has ever been written . . . It is a must read book.’–Sompoch Iamsupasit, PhD, professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok ‘For everybody who wants to be aware and mindful, attentive and concentrated . . . Bill Mikulas’ book is wholeheartedly recommended.’–G.T. Maurits Kwee, PhD, founder of the Institute for Relational Buddhism & Karma Transformation��

Taming the Drunken Monkey: The Path to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Increased Concentration

Sep 272014

October Review 2014:Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

October Review 2014: Movies for Adults and Teens 

Teens:The Tale of Princess Kaguyathe tale of princess kaguya

Studio Ghibli anime, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, is about a girl born from a bamboo tree who grows up to become a beautiful princess. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but she rejects all marriage proposals and in the end decides to return to the moon with an escort who has been tasked with bringing her home. The anime movie follows the plot of the Japanese folk tale, Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), but it also includes Studio Ghibli co-founder and director, Isao Takahata’s own take on why the princess came to Earth in the first place. “The moon is a problem-free world that is too perfect,” Takahata said. “But for the princess, the Earth is an even more attractive place due to its imperfections and the fact it is full of life and color


October ReviewAdults: Dracula Untold

Based on the novel ‘Dracula’ by Irish novelist Bram Stoker, Dracula Untold portrays the origin story of its title character, Count Dracula. It goes on to weave vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, depicting Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war. Released 17 October.


October Review 2014: Music for Adults and Teens 

Teens:Bonobo – The North Borders Tour LiveOctober Review

Simon Green, aka Bonobo, is renowned for blending melodic genius with cutting edge electronics, bass and drums. Since the 2013 release of The North Borders, Bonobo the band have taken in 175 shows in 30 countries across 3 continents over 18 months. For those of you who missed the tour, Ninja Tune will release The North Borders Tour Live – a live album in deluxe packaging with a CD, a 70 page hardback book of photographs and stories from members of the band, as well as a bonus DVD featuring glimpses of hi-speed photography. A must have for Bonobo fans and anyone who has come across Bonobo’s beautiful, ethereal melodies for TV adverts. Released: 6 October


simo lagnawiAdults:Simo Lagnawi – The Gnawa Berber

Moroccan gnawa player, Simo Lagnawi, explores his Berber roots and grooves on ‘The Gnawa Berber’. Tracks on the album, ‘The Gnawa Berber’, leap from Saharan folk songs to those of the Hausa and Bambara. Simo employs the trance-inducing state of gnawa to summon the likes of forest spirit Sandiye, who is called for on ‘Sandika’, and Abdelkader Gilani who is invoked on the track ‘Gilani’– he guards the door to the spirit world. Traditionally gnawa music – along with ritual singing, poetry, healing and dance – is played at all night celebrations that call upon ancient spirits. On ‘Malo’ Simo narrates his own life journey, from musical wanderer to London’s very own gnawa master.


October Review 2014: Books  for Adults and Teens 

Teens:The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaimanthe sleeper and the spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle is a re-imagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish. On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.


hedge witch book of daysAdults:Hedge Witch Book Of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year by Mandy Mitchell

Down to earth and humorous, Mandy Mitchell is a modern hedge witch whose passion is finding magic in simple everyday tasks and turning them into rituals and spells along with cooking wholesome, hearty and tasty food based on the seasons of the year. ‘Hedge Witch Book Of Days’ features recipes and wisdom as it reveals the hidden properties behind the things we use all the time. The author shows how to turn the simplest tasks into meaningful rituals, opening our eyes to the extra special world behind the mundane and how to celebrate it! A new broader approach to old beliefs, there is something for everyone to take away – whatever path you are on.


 October Review 2014: Games  for Adults and Teens

Teens:Project Spark (Xbox One)ProjectSpark

Project Spark invites you to become the game creator. Create your own games and universes in this open-world sandbox. From first-person shooters to puzzle games, Project Spark gives you the freedom and ability to make your very own game to play and share. Explore your friend’s creations as well as the wider community on the game and see if you can beat the fiendish tricks and challenges that are placed before you! With a massive list of game worlds to choose from there will always be a challenge for you to undertake in the game, from fighting off hordes of monsters in a massive scale battle to collecting hidden objects.


Civilization_Beyond_EarthAdults:Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth for PC

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind. As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, you will write the next chapter for humanity as you lead your people into a new frontier and create a new civilization in space. Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world. Released: 24 October



Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine. Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker, loves delving into the bigger picture and bringing forward her soul’s knowledge, power and magic to whatever she writes about and reports on.

Aug 012014

Lammas Review 2014:Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

Lammas Review 2014: Movies for Adults and Teens 

Teens:Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesLammas Reviews 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 2014’s hotly anticipated movie, is rumoured to chart the evolution of the world’s famous turtles from teen to adults. Four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers of New York and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel the evil Shredder’s plan to takeover. Expect impressive CGI and a grimy look-and-feel as trailers suggest. (Released: 8 August)

Lammas Reviews 2014Adults: Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

An A-list cast revisit the crime-infested streets of Frank Miller’s acclaimed graphic novels for more ultra-stylish hard-boiled tales. Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning ‘Sin City’ graphic novels back to the screen in ‘Sin City: A Day to Kill For’. Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. These include grizzled cop John Hartigan (Bruce Willis), the battered and imposing Marv (Mickey Rourke), and exotic dancer Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba). Once again, evil and corrupt Senator Roarke (Powers Boothe) is the primary villain. (Released: 22 August)


Lammas Review 2014: Music for Adults and Teens

Teens:Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & YouthLammas Reviews 2014

Lupe Fiasco fans have been waiting the best part of a year for the Chicago rapper to drop his fifth studio album, ‘Tetsuo & Youth’. Word is that the album – which is slated to feature Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., Ab-Soul and Chris Brown – may drop this August. The enigmatic rapper, who is known for his socio-political cuts, has kept pretty quiet about the album other than to say “there are no politics” on it.  The explosive, ‘Old School Love’, where Lupe Fiasco’s smooth rap beautifully fuses with Ed Sheeran’s acoustic sounds, will feature on the album.

Adults: FaltyDL – In the WildfaltyDL

New York producer Drew Lustman, aka Falty DL, drops his new album, ‘In The Wild’ on 11 August. The 17-track effort follows 2013′s genre-hopping ‘Hardcourage’ long player. Exploring all phases of electronic music, ‘In the Wild’ touches on the deeply hypnotic on ‘Do Me’, electro-jazz on ‘Some Jazz Shit’ and an eerie mix of operatic vocals over drum and bass beats on ‘Heart & Soul’. FaltyDL’s fourth album also sees him collaborate with British artist Chris Shen to explore the term ‘In The Wild’, with tracks getting a conceptual treatment and clips shared online ( like the New York subway sequence.


Lammas Review 2014: Books  for Adults and Teens 

 fairy tail 40Teens:Fairy Tail 40 by Hiro Mashima

From the creator of the smash hit Monster Hunter Orage, Hiro Mashima’s manga series Fairy Tail is an adventure series full of magic, action, humor and endearing characters. Fairy Tail 40 takes place in a world filled with magic. Lucy is an attractive mage-in-training who wants to join a magician’s guild so that she can become a full-fledged magician. The guild she dreams about joining is the most famous in the world, and it is known as the Fairy Tail. One day she meets Natsu, a boy raised by a Dragon who mysteriously left him when he was young. Natsu has devoted his life to finding his Dragon father. Fairy Tail 40 is a gripping manga saga that sees the heroic pair take on new characters and new villains


Adults:Clairvoyance for Beginners: Easy Techniques to Enhance Your Psychic Visions by Alexandra Chauranclairvoyance
‘Clairvoyance for Beginners: Easy Techniques to Enhance Your Psychic Visions’ explores how using your natural clairvoyant abilities can improve all aspects of your life. Even if you’ve never had a clairvoyant vision, Alexandra Chauran reveals each step necessary to grow from clairvoyant beginner to visionary expert. Clairvoyance for Beginners shows how to get started with the first steps of experiencing visions. Having mastered the basics, you will discover advanced techniques and instructions for using your newfound talents to help others. With simple instructions for entering a trance, working with omens, and reading a crystal ball, you will learn to see and interpret visions of all kinds. Includes a symbol dictionary to help you give advice on career, money, relationships, and health, in addition to tips on the ethics of clairvoyant readings.

 Lammas Review 2014: Games  for Adults and Teens

akibas tripTeens:Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed for PlayStation 3 and Vita
Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed tells the story of Nanashi, a man lured into a trap and transformed into one of the walking undead. As Nanashi and his clan of “Akiba Freedom Fighters” players must identify and expose “Synthisters,” vampire-like characters camouflaged as humans who want to feed from humans in a realistically rendered version of Tokyo’s Akihabara district. Enemies clobbered by your baseball bats and other found weapons have clothes to reclaim and wear while exploring. Undead & Undressed has real world locations. Boasting a unique combat system in which everyday objects become weapons, multiple story routes, a varied cast of characters based on common anime and video game tropes and a narrative dripping with social satire and subtle nods to Japanese pop culture, AKIBA’S TRIP is a present-day supernatural adventure for the gamer in all of us.


Adults:Destiny PS4destiny

In Destiny, you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Embark on an epic action adventure with rich storytelling, unravel the mysteries of the universe, and reclaim what was lost at the fall of the Golden Age. You have just been found and given a vital mission: defend our home, drive back the forces of Darkness, find a way to awaken the Traveler, and Become Legend. Venture out alone or join up with friends. Personalise and upgrade every aspect of how you look and fight with armour, weapon, and visual customisation combinations. Take your upgraded character into every mode, including campaign, cooperative, social, public, and competitive multiplayer.


About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion, lifestyle and well-being for Life & Soul Magazine. As a creative coach, she helps people live, breathe and embrace their creativity. And adds her styling magic to the www by designing and building websites.

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