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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Writing Competitions to enter and win

The sun is shining, beaches are getting busier and flowers are in full bloom; summer is finally on its way and with it comes a ton of opportunities for some friendly writing competition. Get inspired and do something with your writing this year by entering one of the following and showing off your skills! The Bridport Prize Entry Fee: £8 – £20     Word Count: Dependent on genre     Prize: (1st) £5000 (poetry and short stories) The Bridport prize is a competition most wordies will have heard of at some point in their writing lives but if you haven’t it’s not too late to get involved in this years contests                                                               (But you’d better hurry!) The Bridport…

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: Review

So, this little post is about Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, and more specifically the first instalment in the series. First things first, I will admit I have wanted to love this series since I first heard about it and that might have been why I didn’t read it straight away. I was worried I’d be disappointed by it and whilst the book wasn’t everything I had hoped it would be, I did enjoy it and the series still has a chance to sweep me off my tentative feet. Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses                  Author: Sarah J. Maas                          Date published: May 5th 2015 Pages: 421 Summary…

Top ten reasons why you shouldn’t write a novel

Or, to be more specific, the top ten things stopping me from doing something great with something I love, things you might struggle with too. I’ve been battling an every growing need to create something big, something that makes me proud and something that exists as my tiny dot on the map. But, more than that, it’s that I’m bottled full of stories and I just gotta get them out of my system. So here’s a condensed list of my tiny growth-stunting fears (fears you might share) and rationalisation to help you, and to help me, push them aside. Fear of criticism Now, even I know this one is just a…

Upcoming film releases: books to read now!

Happy ‘Everything, Everything’-release-day! In honour of it’s debut on-screen (and with time still left to read it beforehand) here’s a few other adaptations you might want to get reading before they hit the screens. Everything, Everything – by Nicola Yoon Release Date: 19th May 2017 My review of this book was not the most favourable thing I’ve ever written, still, I think it would make a good film. Everything, Everything tells the story of Madeline, a teen girl confined to the sanitised bubble home she shares with her mother and nurse. It’s a wicked love-story and it destined to be as popular as The Fault in…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: Review

With a new film on the cards (and with my copy slowly gathering dust on the shelf) I decided it was high-time I got round to reading Everything, Everything. For me it was a far cry from what its title suggested but I’m glad I finally picked it up. It was a very quick read (I finished it within hours of starting) but had a few merits worth commenting on. The following, as usual, is only my own response but I’d like to hear your views on this one… Title: Everything, Everything                             Author: Nicola Yoon                          Date published: 2015 Pages: 320 Summary:  My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic…

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Review

I finished this book in three days despite being a slow reader and working 8 hours a day. Those of you who are familiar with my reading speed will appreciate this feat and to everyone else, I promise, it’s not something I do all that often… Title: Caraval                                                 Author: Stephanie Garber                          Date published: January 2017 Pages: 407 Summary:  An original world. A legendary competition. A mesmerizing romance. An unbreakable bond between two sisters.  Welcome to Caraval! Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . . Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged…

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Review

I wish I had read this book sooner. Years ago my mum suggested I give this classic a read but (due to the monster tbr and the inevitable distractions life can bring) it sadly fell by the wayside. Since finishing one day ago, I already want to reread it and have bought every related Alcott book on my kindle so I can find out what happens without having to wait for postage. Title: Little Women                                     Author: Louisa May Alcott                          Date published: 1868 Pages: 400 Summary:  Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there’s tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there’s Amy, the youngest…