Heartless – A Short Review

~will include spoilers~ Long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole… And before the roses were painted red… The Queen of Hearts was just a girl, in love for the first time.   Like anyone else, I have always viewed The Queen of Hearts as a crazed, cruel villain, with her notorious catchphrase “off with his head!”.  But this novel opened my eyes to the possibility of Catherine being more than just a tyrannical dictator. The Queen of Hearts in Heartless portrays Catherine as a headstrong, independently minded girl who has an affinity for baking and is only just experiencing … Continue reading Heartless – A Short Review

Would You Rather? (Book Edition)

WOULD YOU RATHER: spend the day with… Your favourite author Your favourite character I’d absolutely spend the day with my favourite character, but the problem is which character. I have so many favourites! I think I’d go for Patrick from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, because I can’t help but smile whenever I read what antics he gets up to in the book. He’s funny, and has an ability to find light in any situation, which I really admire in a person.   WOULD YOU RATHER: be… Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) Tris Prior (Divergent) I’d 100% choose to … Continue reading Would You Rather? (Book Edition)

Can We Really Judge a Book By Its Cover?

Recently, I read a really insightful blog post by written by TheAliceFan about the importance of book covers that opened up by eyes to how much my book buying habits are swayed by its appearance. Initially, it made me panic. Am I really that shallow? How many great stories am I missing out on by subconsciously judging a book by its cover? So in a way, I’m making this blog post to share my thoughts and to hopefully be reassured that I’m not the only one who does this. A positive about using book covers as an easy way to … Continue reading Can We Really Judge a Book By Its Cover?

‘Note to Self’ – A Short Review

I’m not going to lie, I initially bought Note to Self by Connor Franta because of the beautiful aesthetics of the cover. Even as you flick through the novel, an intentionally faded burst of colour jumps from the pages. But my decision to purchase this book wasn’t entirely down to the visuals; I did know of Connor Franta as a YouTuber (not very well, granted), and was intrigued to find out more. After all, this was one of the few book covers made by a YouTuber that I didn’t find horrendous at first glance, no matter how much I like … Continue reading ‘Note to Self’ – A Short Review

To Be United

In light of the recent terror attacks, I’ve written a small piece about the importance of unity and coming together.   To be united, how can we understand this? Is it possible to unite Through the relentless presence, pushing and punch of devastation? Can we use this unity in a way that allows room for joy? Fathomless terror shook the lifeless shells of the innocent. Sorrow has engulfed the souls of the nation. Restless dreams, nights of blackness. Because as we continue, they Halt. While we live, they do not. Let us fight hurt with kindness, Hatred with love, Division … Continue reading To Be United

Should Zoella Be Considered a ‘Real’ Author?

Before I begin, I should probably admit that binge watching Zoella videos, particularly her vlogs, is my guilty pleasure. I’m a fan of her as a YouTuber and genuinely do enjoy watching her life unfold through her camera. However, she never particularly struck me as the bookworm type, so when I heard she was writing a book, even more surprisingly a fictional one, I was shocked and a little sceptical.   Zoe Sugg faced an onslaught of negative reaction as soon as she announced her first book, excluding her loyal fans and fellow YouTube stars, of course. She was automatically … Continue reading Should Zoella Be Considered a ‘Real’ Author?

Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories

A few months back, I wrote a blog post exploring the characters of one of my most treasured books, Wonder. At the end of said blog post, I hinted that further discussion of the character’s in Auggie & Me was to come. Since this book is an essential read in developing understanding of key characters of the first novel, I felt obliged to share my thoughts, and how they have changed from the first book to the second. Auggie & Me contains the perspectives of Julian, Charlotte and Christopher, both in how August’s arrival has impacted them and also other … Continue reading Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories