One of the most boring books I’ve ever read! See What I Have Done Review

See What I Have Done is a re-imagining of the Lizzie Borden axe murder case from the 1890’s and, naturally, this premise brought me straight in and made me want to give it a go. Plus the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t seen an edition of this book that I didn’t think had gorgeous cover art.

I really wanted to like this book. I really did. But I just can’t. I’m aware I’m likely in the minority here, but I just can’t say I liked it in all honesty. This book promised gore and terrifying moments and for it to be unsettling. It wasn’t sinister, it wasn’t scary, and it wasn’t twisted.

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The Best and Worst Books of 2017 & AWARDS!

The year is nearly at an end – so that means it’s time for a roundup of my Best and Worst books of 2017!

I will also be awarding my Best Fiction and Best YA Fiction Awards for 2017 in this post!

It seems to have been a wonderful year for publishing, and I’ve been treated to a lot of amazing reads, in fact it was quite hard to narrow my list down to only 5 for the Best of, and quite difficult to choose 5 titles to go in the Worst of section! Continue reading

Did ye, aye? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane (Scots Edition) Review

There’s no doubt that Harry Potter is a global phenomenon, and that Scotland plays quite a large part in both the making of, and world of, Harry Potter. It’s quite possible (and likely) that Hogwarts is located in Scotland, and a lot of the writing of the Harry Potter series took place in Edinburgh – in fact I even wrote a Harry Potter Fan’s guide to Edinburgh. So it only seems natural that there’s a Scots Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone here’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane (Scots Edition) – and let me tell you, it’s bloody brilliant!

This isn’t going to be a review of the story, but rather this edition of the story, so if you’re looking for a story/character/writing style review you’re in the wrong place. This is purely a bit of fun before Christmas and a review of the Scots Edition. Continue reading

Mean Girls did it better, much better…and was more fun. 13 Minutes review

This book was on my ‘wish list’ pretty much since I first heard of it, and my wonderful friend Dena sent me a copy for my birthday this year so naturally I pushed it up my TBR pile! The thing that attracted me was what The Times had said about it: “Mean Girls for the Instagram age” – I mean, who wouldn’t be drawn in by that? I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like Mean Girls, and I like YA and Instagram, so 13 Minutes seemed like a match made in heaven!

But unfortunately this book is less ‘the popular kid’ and more ‘generic student #12’ – it’s not even in the ‘cool loser’ clique or the ‘outcast’ clique, it literally just blends into the background. Now that’s not to say that it’s a bad book, or a good one, it’s just that the good and bad cancel each other out pretty equally. Continue reading

The horror falls flat in this one, but still fun! The Silent Companions Review

I got this gorgeous covered book for my birthday this year, and it’s not my usual go-to genre but it sounded really intriguing so I couldn’t wait to dive in and find out about the silent companions. The match-book blurb goes like this: Our recently widowed protagonist is sent to see out her pregnancy in her late husband’s disintegrating country estate – but spooky things start to happen and haunt the residents.

One of the fun things about this version of the book is that the cover hides a lot of secrets from the story itself, and it’s great to flick back to the cover once you’ve uncovered it and have that ‘ahhh!’ moment! Continue reading

Proof that it only takes John Green’s name to sell a book now. Turtles all the way Down review

Turtles all the Way Down is one of those books that’s just kind of…there. The plot (what little we get outside of Aza’s head – but more on that soon) just seemed to be all over the place. You know how some people spin a globe and stop it on a random country to decide whether to go on holiday next? It feels like John Green has a similar plot planning mechanism that he uses to write his books.

Turtles All The Way Down is a random collection of interesting things that, when put together, become pretentious.  Do you know what a Tuatara is? Well the one in this book becomes a billionaire due to a last will and testament. Plus there’s also $100,000 up for grabs, mental health issues and teenagers circumnavigating their lives through puberty in the throes of a philosophical existential crisis. See what I mean? Pick one or two John Green! Not all! Continue reading

Are you kidding me?! What a let down! One Dark Throne review/RANT

I CANNOT talk about this book without giving out spoilers. I’m that pissed off at certain parts of the story and characters that I just don’t have it in me not to rant about them. So…you know…SPOILER WARNING from here on out. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This is also going to be more of a rant with review elements, rather than a legit review of One Dark Throne, but I just can’t help it.

Here’s a quick recap of the main plot point so far: a set of triplet queens must fight to the death for ruling rites to the throne of their island. Mirabella is the elemental queen, the strongest and most gifted queen who is starting to falter. Katherine is the poisoner queen, once thought to be the weakest but who is now a real player in the game. Arsinoe is the naturalist queen with a game changing secret. Continue reading

A great concept, but not quite there. The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire review

The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire is a historical fiction based in Victorian London. It follows three very different people and their lives and shows how they intertwine in a very ‘it’s a small world’ kind of way. Our three protagonists are a young woman turned prostitute, a captured and sold slave struggling to adjust to live away from his homeland and a fictionalised version of the real life Thomas De Quincey. What follows is an enjoyable venture through fictional history for about two thirds of the book. Continue reading