REVIEW: A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

Monday, 16 October 2017

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting - he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

This is Halloween: 2017 Costume Inspo

Friday, 13 October 2017

If you haven't noticed by now, Halloween is my favourite holiday. But unfortunately, this year I'm in the throes of the worst of my chronic illness and I'm probably not going to have the chance of dressing up and embarrassing myself.
But has this stopped the costume planning? Hell no, it hasn't. Just because I'm not going to be able to dress up, that doesn't mean that I can't daydream (not going to lie, at this point I am probably going to buy one just to wear in the house).
So here are my top picks of costume inspiration for Halloween 2017.

Daenerys Targaryen from 'Game of Thrones'
With her move to the harsher climate of Dragonstone during season seven, her new winter-appropriate wardrobe lends itself to entirely new interpretation of Dany this Halloween. With ice-blonde hair and pale furs, you will be the most icily eye-catching (and more importantly, the warmest!) at any party this Halloween.

REVIEW: Onwards Flows the River, Caroline Windsor

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

It is 1971. Hannah Matheson, whose affluent Quaker family lives in Devon, moves to a hostel in London to study for a degree. Her extravert and exuberant personality initially brings her into conflict with the hostel’s caustic deputy warden, Jo Ackroyd, whose abusive upbringing was very different from her own. In desperation Hannah persuades her old schoolfriend, Kate Deveraux, who, following the death of her parents, is often lonely living in her London flat, to come and live with her at the hostel. Kate, a hospital receptionist, has long been valued by Hannah’s family as a calming influence upon their daughter and she is a regular visitor to their home. Kate’s unspoken affection for Hannah’s solicitor brother, Aidan, has grown over the years and she longs for him to notice her. Jo and Kate get on well from the start and Kate is determined to help Hannah overcome her antipathy to the deputy warden. At Christmas Hannah invites Kate, Jo and Jo’s younger sister, Beth, to stay with her in her family’s holiday cottage in Devon. Beth, unlike her atheist sister Jo, has a deep spiritual awareness which is something she finds she has in common with both Kate and Aidan. Kate, however, soon realises, to her dismay, that her love for Aidan is clearly not reciprocated. Hannah, meanwhile, resumes her close relationship with Daniel, a friend of Aidan’s, who is also a solicitor in the family firm – Mathesons. Her passionate nature, however, is constantly frustrated by him and she is driven to look elsewhere to satisfy her needs. 
The book follows the relationship between the three women, as their inter-twining lives and loves threaten to destroy the friendship that unites them.

REVIEW: Beneath A Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan

Monday, 9 October 2017

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.
Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.