I rarely go to book events for authors that are unknown to me (but I’m working on changing that!) but after reading the blurb for Sal by Mick Kitson I knew I had to not only buy the book, but had to go to the event that Waterstones Edinburgh West End was hosting featuring the author!
As usual I turned up too early, and I took my front row, centre seat (I’m not shy!) and excitedly waited for the evening to begin.
The evening followed a standard ‘An Evening With’ format: the author speaks about the book via prompted questions from a representative, then does a reading, talks a bit more and then there’s a book signing. Continue reading
It’s no secret that I adore F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work, as well as generally loving books set in the 1920’s. The glamour of the roaring 20’s, especially in the United States, is absolutely fascinating to me. So when I heard that Golden Hare Books, an independent book store in Edinburgh, had teamed up with Miller Harris to host a glamourous perfume launch for fragrances based off of a passage from Tender is the Night, I had to be in attendance.
Arriving at Golden Hare Books was a welcome change from the cold and snow outside, The ‘Beast from the East’ was on its way out but it was still making its presence felt. As soon as I arrived, I realised I was one of the first (if not the first) guest to arrive –as usual – but the heat from the warm, and very real, fire inside of the bookshop, combined with the warm welcome from the staff made me forget about that. Continue reading
I’m delighted to say that I have partnered with Avon Books to bring you this guest post on how to write relatable characters from Catherine Ferguson.
If you want to hook a reader into your story right from the beginning, you need to give them characters they can relate to. But how do you do that? Continue reading
I’m relatively new to visual novels; my first experience with one was Doki Doki Literature Club and that was absolutely incredible. But in every way that Doki Doki was excellent (the deep, hidden messages and code that brought a completely different and darker story to the surface for those who wanted to dig) Dream Daddy is excellent in other ways.
Dream Daddy is a visual novel that is primarily a dating simulator, and an LGBT one at that. Dream Daddy lets you create yourself as the dad of Amanda, your child, (adopted or biological from your male or female partner – all your choice) and you can date up to 7 dads in the game in order to find your…well, dream daddy! Continue reading
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One was a tie in graphic novel with the video game of the same name. The game was made by the same guys who brought the world Mortal Kombat and I absolutely love Mortal Kombat – always have done. On top of that I’m a DC girl, not Marvel. Now that’s not to say I don’t like Marvel – I just prefer DC. Although I will concede that a lot of DC’s live action films (bar Nolan’s Batman and the new Wonder Woman) miss the mark – but their animated films are amazing!
So, naturally I played the game and I was loving that there was a graphic novel tie in! But I lost track of it and graphic novels can be expensive –especially when they are huge story lines that go on for multiple volumes! Anyway, I finally got the complete Years 1-5 (so look out for future reviews for other years) and I have to say, I was blown away!
The Chalk Man was another one of those books that I’d seen all over bookstagram and knew I had to get. I’d heard that this book was brutal, hard-hitting and completely fucked up.
Well…it might have been brutal for those who are timid in nature or new to crime/thriller books, it certainly hits, but not too hard, and fucked up? Yeah, kinda. It’s not all that bad until the very last chapter and The Big Reveal – which had me bug-eyed and slack jawed staring at the wall for a while thinking about how this new knowledge effects everything I’d already read! Continue reading
I have to get this out of the way first: I’ve heard a lot of people compare Everless to a movie called In Time – I’ve not seen this movie so I went into Everless with a fresh perspective. So I don’t wanna see any comments saying “but it’s just like that movie!” – I don’t care. I’ve not seen it, so I had no comparative material and my opinion reflects that. Continue reading
It is my pleasure to bring this guest post to you today with the help of Avon books.
Helen Fields is a crime fiction author of the successful ‘Perfect’ series (Perfect Prey, Perfect Remains and Perfect Death) and this post is specifically about two of her characters in her series.
That “Will They or Won’t They?” Question Continue reading
Time for another unpopular opinion! I did not rate The Cruel Prince at all. Seriously, if you liked it, what did you see in it? I’m curious. I just don’t get the hype around this book (other than very successful marketing) because the whole book felt like a watered down version of what a book should be.
The characters – especially our protagonist, the antagonist(s), plot, world building and the writing all had one thing in common; they were frustratingly sparse and minimal. And to top it all off, the book has a bloody boring title considering its contents.
Victoria Aveyard has given a very positive quotation on the back dust jacket of the edition I have – but she’s the author of the Red Queen series, so she wouldn’t know a good book if it hit her in the head. Continue reading