T̙̳̣̰̰̞̋̋h͙̖̻̃ͣ̈́͒̀̾̌ë͎͍͂͊ͫͣṟ̠̣̟̫͍ë́͌ͥ̄̅ͮ’̭͕̀̾s̮̲ͤ ͓̝̬̹̳ͣ̏̒͆ö̩̝̪͖ͣn͇̬̭͖̮l̠̟͙̤̱̃͛y͉͔̥̬͈̠̠ͧͮ̈́̂̊̆ ̮̣͇̞͍̯ͥ̃̾ͬ̂̉ͩͅM̝̜̘̯̞̭̀̌ͥ̒̋o̲ͭ̈́̈́̿̂̾n̰͙̣̥̻̻͖ͩ̄i̯͑̒ͩ̒k̙̳͖̫͕̇ͮ̀̈́ḁ̬̮̱̞̯̥̄͒ͫͪ.͙̝͈͔̣ͮ͒̔ ̞̣͇͉̻͔͐̈́͌͂ͅJ̙̙͍͉̖͕̑͌u͉̭̘̲ś͎̟̞t͚̯͍̮͖͖͕ͣ̚ ̫̣̰͕̪̪͉̾ͬ̿ͮ̇M̪̞̱͎̗̓̔ͩ̏ͮ̀̿ò͕̠̹̩̭̾ͮ̉͂̽ṉ͓̲̊ǐ͔͉̯͙ͣ̒̓̚k͔̠̰͕̣̦̎ͮ̎ͦa̝̜͔̪͛̍́ͤ̍̔̎ Doki Doki Literature Club review

Here’s your two (and only) warnings: Doki Doki Literature Club is best experienced if you know as little about it as possible – go in blind so to speak. Try to avoid any and all spoilers. Which leads me into your second warning: SPOILERS AHEAD! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I also feel like I have to mention that this review (as well as the game) deals with difficult themes including (but not limited to) depression and suicide. So if you’re not in the frame of mind to cope with that right now, click away.

Doki Doki Literature Club was my first foray into the world of Visual Novels, and fucking hell did I pick a great one!

This visual novel is the perfect metaphor for ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ – and that doesn’t just go for the story and its twists and turns and visuals, but for the actual characters too and even the game itself! It’s all very Meta!

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Time for an unpopular opinion: This wasn’t that great. How to Stop Time review

I’ve read Matt Haig’s work before, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I hate to sound like practically every other person in the bookish community; but The Humans was a really good book. I’ve not read all of Haig’s other work, but I’ve read enough that I got excited to get hold of and read How to Stop Time.

That excitement wasn’t fully realised upon reading it though. I liked it, but I just didn’t love it. It was an easy read, and ultimately quite likeable, but just not a satisfying read. I’d rate it as probably the worst of his book (of the ones I’ve read) – now that’s not me slagging it and saying it’s a bad book, but one of his books has to be the ‘worst of the group’ and How to Stop Time takes that title for me. Continue reading

Not quite a novel, not quite a short story. Orbiting Jupiter review

Orbiting Jupiter seems like one of those books that I should be able to go on and on about…but I just can’t.

I found it a very quick read because of its simplicity – and yes, I know the target reading age is a lower one that YA is used to, but I think this hurt the book overall. I’m kinda saying that this book was wasted on the target age of the intended reader. I’m not saying that younger readers can’t or shouldn’t have serious subject matter to read about (within reason), but what I am saying is that in this instance, the subject matter was handled poorly and felt a bit all over the place and unsure of who it was aimed at. Continue reading

Fantastic Nights and Where to Have Them! Harry Potter Book Night 2018

So it’s that time of year again! It was time to don my Ravenclaw robes and school attire and head off to my local Waterstones (Livingston branch) after work to take part in the Harry Potter Book Night!

As usual I ended up arriving super early, but I learnt my lesson from last year’s event and I brought my ‘currently reading’ with me – even if I’m not particularly enjoying it. But as it turns out, I didn’t need it this time!

I ended up chatting with Tina Goldstein (a bookseller) whilst she set up the children’s area downstairs and then, as the shop started filling up with robed children, I made my way upstairs to get ready for the ‘Impossibly Hard Harry Potter Quiz’. Continue reading

You have one true love in this world. Just one…sort of. The One review

So thrillers aren’t usually my thing, but my amazing friend gifted me a copy of The One by John Marrs so I gave it a go! Besides, my friend is pretty much a thriller aficionado so I was more than willing to try this!

The One turned out to be highly addictive and full of twists and turns! I was really surprised by it!

The chapters are quite short, and they alternate between various different characters’ points of view, which made it really easy to ‘dip in and out of’ and it keeps you reading for longer! It’s really deceptive in a good way! It also helps break up the narrative a bit and keeps you guessing if any will overlap! Continue reading

Want actual YA issues addressed and have them be relatable? This is the book for you! Our Chemical Hearts review

I first came across Krystal Sutherland’s work when I was given early ARC access to her second book A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares last year, and I was insanely impressed. I genuinely loved that book. So I was a little nervous about starting this because this was Sutherland’s debut novel and debuts aren’t always that great. But I’m pleased to say that my high hopes were met and, dare I say, exceeded!

Our Chemical Hearts is a deceptively deep read yet it can easily be read in one sitting! Not because the word count is low or anything, it’s just so encapsulating.

One of the best things about this YA novel is that it actually addresses YA issues, rather than presenting some over-blown stereotype and trying to make it relatable (and no, I’m not talking about fantasy YA, I’m talking about the bullshit John Green wants you to believe is normal for the average, semi-socially awkward, working-middle class and oh-so-quirky teenager).   Continue reading

My Tips to Beat Writer’s Block – A Guest Post From Author S.D. Robertson

I am delighted to introduce this guest post from author S.D. Robertson on how to beat writer’s block. So, without further ado…

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Most authors have suffered from writer’s block at some point.

So what is it and why does it happen?

In my experience, it’s never been quite the same as it tends to get portrayed in TV shows or movies, when writers find themselves unable to produce anything at all.  Continue reading

Ready Player One for the YA readers! Warcross review

Marie Lu’s work tends to be very hit or miss for me but Warcross, whilst by no means perfect, was a hit.

Whilst there were some issues with the writing (such as lacking descriptions and world building flaws at times, but we’ll get to that later) the way this book was written allowed me to fall straight into it. It was easy to read 100 pages without really noticing!

Did you love Ready Player One? Well, you’re going to be disappointed by this.  Now I’m not saying this is a bad book, it’s not. But the premise is similar to Ready Player One and Warcross isn’t in the same ball game here, in fact it’s not even the same sport. But it is still enjoyable; I just don’t want people to go into this hoping for a story on par with Ready Player One. Continue reading

Excuse me whilst I fangirl all over the place! Skin & Earth review

Let me start by saying that I love Lights. I first saw her live by accident at the Warped Tour at St. Petersburg, Florida in 2009. Since then, I’ve seen her live each time she’s come to Glasgow. I love her music…yes, music. This author and illustrator of Skin & Earth is primarily a musician, and this graphic novel is directly linked to her album of the same name. Chapters in the graphic novel link to tracks on the album. It’s an amazingly unique concept and experience and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this!

I went in to this really wanting to love it, but I reminded myself of something I alluded to in my Turtles All The Way Down review – it’s wrong to like something just because it came from an idol. Judge everything on its own merits. So that’s what I did – I went into this unbiased and objective. And I still loved it! Continue reading