REVIEW: Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia #BLOGTOUR

Thursday, 18 July 2019


The Jazz Age is in full swing, but it's passing Casiopea Tun by. She's too busy scrubbing floors in her wealthy grandfather's house to do anything more than dream of a life far from her dusty, small town in southern Mexico. A life she could call her own.
This dream is impossible, distant as the stars - until the day Casiopea opens a curious chest in her grandfather's room and accidentally frees an ancient Mayan god of death. He offers her a deal: if Casiopea helps him recover his throne from his treacherous brother, he will grant her whatever she desires. Success will make her every dream come true, but failure will see her lost, for ever.
In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed only with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey, from the jungles of Yucat√°n to the bright lights of Mexico City and deep into the darkness of Xibalba, the Mayan underworld.

My 24 in 48 Readathon TBR - July 2019

Tuesday, 16 July 2019


I need to be honest for a second here - yes, whilst I am writing this, I am drinking a gin. A wonderful, fabulous blood orange gin that I specifically sought out after drinking bucketloads of it at the wedding of one of my closest and dearest friends. That means that I know that this to-read list is widely unrealistic and overconfident but, the reality of the situation is, I do not care in the slightest.
I am punchdrunk, if you will.
Punchdrunk on the gin, and punchdrunk on the thought of setting two days aside solely to read.

Stranger Things Book Tag

Sunday, 14 July 2019


I know that I am far from the only person riding the Stranger Things hype train right now (toot toot). Bursting onto the scene in 2017, that innocuous little Netflix series with a penchant for eighties kitsch has become a worldwide, all-consuming pop culture phenomenon.
It seems to be all that the newspapers, magazines, the internet and the blogosphere can talk about; and it is a trend that is probably going to be continuing, even throughout the next few days and months as word of mouth spreads and everyone gets around to watching it.
It is absolutely everywhere; unavoidable, unmissable, inescapable. People put aside days to binge-watch it; the clock strikes twelve and they just can not help but to jump the gun and drive right back in to the world of Hawkins, Indiana. It dominates conversations, it spawns debate, it engages a form of nostalgia that just makes you want to watch Stand by Me and The Goonies for the sixtieth time.
There are dedicated Facebook groups, fancy dress costumes, Funko! pops and now - now! - I have even stumbled upon a book tag. And though, I tried my hardest to resist, I just could not help myself when it came to turning something so big into a thing I could use to discuss books.
After-all, what is better way to celebrate your love for something than to turn it into a book tag?

REVIEW: A Secondhand Life, Pamela Crane

Wednesday, 10 July 2019


In a freak collision when she was twelve, Mia Germaine faced death and the loss of her father. A heart transplant from a young murder victim saved her life, but not without a price. Twenty years later, chilling nightmares about an unresolved homicide begin to plague Mia. Compelled by these lost memories, she forms a complicated connection to the victim—the girl killed the night of Mia’s accident—due to a scientific phenomenon called “organ memory.”
Now suffocating beneath the weight of avenging a dead girl and catching a serial killer on the loose dubbed the “Triangle Terror,” Mia must dodge her own demons while unimaginable truths torment her—along with a killer set on making her his next victim. 
As Mia tries to determine if her dreams are clues or disturbing phantasms, uninvited spectres lead her further into danger’s path, costing her the one person who can save her from herself. 

REVIEW: Dead Girls, Alice Bolin

Monday, 8 July 2019


A collection of poignant, perceptive essays that expertly blends the personal and political in an exploration of American culture through the lens of our obsession with dead women.
In her debut collection, Alice Bolin turns a critical eye to literature and pop culture, the way media consumption reflects American society, and her own place within it. From essays on Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial, Bolin illuminates our widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster a man’s story.
From chronicling life in Los Angeles to dissecting the “Dead Girl Show” to analyzing literary witches and werewolves, this collection challenges the narratives we create and tell ourselves, delving into the hazards of toxic masculinity and those of white womanhood. Beginning with the problem of dead women in fiction, it expands to the larger problems of living women—both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate.

REVIEW: All the Hidden Truths, Claire Askew

Thursday, 4 July 2019


All the Hidden Truths is the story of a tragic shooting at an Edinburgh college and its aftermath. It is narrated by three women at the heart of the story - the mother of a victim and the mother of the shooter, and DI Helen Birch who is tasked in solving the case. The book is both a "knotty crime novel" and a story of grief "trying to make sense of something that defies reason".