books, Reviews

Review: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer Date read: 30th April 2018 - 1st May 2018 Page count: 195 Genre: Horror/Science Fiction Format: Paperback (Library) Rating: 5/5 If you've read my reviews of The Boy On The Bridge and The Girl With All The Gifts then you'll know that I have an ever so teeny soft spot for horror. I'm also a pretty big fan of Stephen… Continue reading Review: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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Review: The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick Date read: 25th April 2018 - 29th April 2018 Page count: 478 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Kindle Edition Rating: 5/5 I reviewed The Captive Queen by Alison Weir back in March (I think...), which, ultimately, I didn't really enjoy. In that, Eleanor of Aquitaine is characterised as a sex-obsessed figure whose relationship with her husband Louis,… Continue reading Review: The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

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I spend my Saturday mornings, before I leave for work, with a cup of tea and my phone, scrolling through the bookstagram accounts I follow. It's pretty relaxing, seeing the countless photos of multicoloured bookshelves and immaculate covers, as well as vintage collections of Sylvia Plath poetry and the occasional picture of a cat. But… Continue reading #kindlesaren’tdead

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Review: Release by Patrick Ness

Release by Patrick Ness Date read: 30th March 2018 - 30th March 2018 Page count: 287 Genre: Young Adult contemporary Format: Hardback (Library) Rating: 5/5 This is a book I read in about two hours - so it has the Ellie Approved Compulsive Read label. I do read fast, but I think it really is the kind of book that's… Continue reading Review: Release by Patrick Ness

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Review: The First Dance by Catherine Law

The First Dance by Catherine Law Date read: 19th March 2018 - 20th March 2018 Page count: 448 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Paperback Rating 2/5 I'm ultimately not 100% sure how to think about this book. Alexa is an eighteen-year-old girl living in Cornwall with a remarried father, a stepmother who is made out to be a villain but… Continue reading Review: The First Dance by Catherine Law

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Review: The Captive Queen by Alison Weir

The Captive Queen by Alison Weir Date read: 14th March 2018 - 14th March 2018 Page count: 473 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Paperback (Library) Rating: 3/5 String me up and hang me from the altar of historical accuracy if you don't agree with me, but I actually didn't mind this book. Alison Weir is a pretty polarizing author—she is not… Continue reading Review: The Captive Queen by Alison Weir

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An Accumulated Book Haul – March 2018

As you may have been able to guess from my lack of posting recently, I have been hit hard by A levels in the past couple of weeks. The fact is, I'm facing three months of close to solid revision time, and this blog is going to have to come second to that. However, I… Continue reading An Accumulated Book Haul – March 2018

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Review: Shatter Me by Tahareh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahareh Mafi Date read: 6th February 2018 - 7th February 2018 Page count: 338 Genre: Young Adult dystopia Format: Kindle Edition (arc from NetGalley) Rating: 2/5 This is yet another example of 'Ellie reads a hyped book that really doesn't live up to said hype'. At the end of the day, Shatter Me is a rehash of the Divergent trilogy,… Continue reading Review: Shatter Me by Tahareh Mafi

feminism, times up, writing

Sexual Abuse in the Publishing Industry

This might not come as news to a lot of you, and I'm sure some of you have even covered this yourself, either in talking to people or in your own posts, but it was recently alleged that James Dashner sexually harassed, groomed and gaslighted a series of people (of whom we don't know the… Continue reading Sexual Abuse in the Publishing Industry


Books For People Who Hate Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is a pile of bullshit, really, whether you're in a relationship or not. I'd much rather celebrate a personal anniversary than a random day that has some weird sort of romantic significance to the retail outlets and card makers of today. But yet, Valentine's Day is a thing, that happens. If you're like… Continue reading Books For People Who Hate Valentine’s Day