GIVEAWAY: The Bone Season

Next month sees the release of The Song Rising, the third book in The Bone Season saga, from Samantha Shannon. This gloriously-written dystopia, set in the year 2059, follows Paige Mahoney, a young clairvoyant living in Scion London, a city where clairvoyance is illegal on pain of death. Paige spends her days working for the […]

Literary Disappointments

Is there anything worse for a bookworm than a disappointing book? Whether it’s a book that doesn’t go anywhere; a book that starts off well only to fall apart later; or a book that was simply over-hyped, however they disappoint, it can be really frustrating realising you’ve wasted precious hours of your life on a […]

Love in Wonderland

“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.” I must admit, I’m not a big fan of retellings and origin stories, especially when the author differs from the original storyteller. So when I heard that Marissa Meyer was taking on Wonderland, one of the most beautifully crafted fantasy worlds ever […]

World Mental Health Day

Books are wondrous chapels of escapism. They can transport us to realms far beyond the reaches of our own imagination. They introduce us to friends whom we’ll never meet but still love like family. They are never ending treasure troves of unexplored adventures. But they can also be the warm hug we need at the […]

Holding up the Problematic Universe

Whenever I hear about a new book that features a protagonist who is above the average weight of your usual YA protagonist, I get both excited and apprehensive. On the one hand, I would’ve loved fifteen-year-old me to have been able to read stories about characters like her, characters which were sadly missing from books […]

At the end of the story comes the beginning.

“At the end of the story comes the beginning. We wake up from the dream, from the nightmare, from life – and if we knew where we were going to fall next, this is when we might lay down some straw.” Here, in 2016, we are living at a time when, on a daily basis […]

The Spinster Club: When Books Inspire

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how books can affect us and inspire us. I’ve just finished reading Holly Bourne’s marvellous Spinster Club series, and while reading the concluding novel in the series, What’s A Girl Gotta Do, I kept thinking, ‘I wish this book had been around when I was in school!’ The […]