Sunday, 11 February 2018


TITLE: Rookie on Love
AUTHOR:  Tavi Gevinson
PUBLISHER: Razorbill
RATING:  4/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 13th January 2018



A single-subject anthology about the heart's most powerful emotion, edited by Tavi Gevinson. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen essays, poems, comics, and interviews from contributors like Jenny Zhang, Emma Straub, Hilton Als, Janet Mock, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Gabourey Sidibe, Mitski, Alessia Cara, Etgar Keret, Margo Jefferson, Sarah Manguso, Durga Chew-Bose, and many more!
“Rookie on Love” is a single subject anthology, compiling stories, essays and poems about love. This unique book would be perfect as a gift for any young person in your life, as it is so digestible- you can dip in and out of the book at your leisure. It definitely helped me to get out of my new year reading slump, as I felt accomplished after reading a few essays and poems.

I liked reading "Rookie on Love" in snippets; it gave me time to contemplate some of the essays. As expected, I didn't connect to every single one of them, but a select few were so profound and spoke to me on a personal level that I could relate to them immensely; they were reflective, heartfelt and beautifully written. There are such a vast collection of pieces in the collection that everyone will have different ones that will become ingrained in their memory.

Furthermore, the comics slotting in perfectly with between the essays and the poems. Also, the illustrations that accompanied some of the pieces were beautiful- they complemented the words well.  Before reading "Rookie on Love", I wasn't aware of the magazine, but I liked how the book is standalone and I could get to know the spirit of Rookie through the concise but personal introduction from Gevinson.

If you look at the perfectly designed, colourful cover, it captures the tone of this book. It’s unique, varied and relatable. "Rookie on Love" should definitely be on your TBR pile.


Sunday, 24 December 2017


I tried writing a poem with a dual meaning, where it could be read from top to bottom, but there is a different voice when read from bottom to top.

Love in Reverse
I am in love,
I cannot say that,
Everything is wrong,
We are broken,
My life is complete,
I have my everything,
I refuse to believe that,
We aren’t meant for each other.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017


TITLE: A Quiet Kind of Thunder
AUTHOR:  Sara Barnard
PUBLISHER: Macmillian Children's Books
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 12th January 2017


Steffi doesn't talk, but she has so much to say. 
Rhys can't hear, but he can listen. 
Their love isn't a lightning strike, it's the rumbling roll of thunder. 

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.
“A Quiet Kind of Thunder” is one of the most beautiful and impactful books that I have ever read. 

Sheffi Brons is 17, and struggles with selective mutism and anxiety, therefore being comfortable to communicate in BSL. But Rhys Gould moves to Steffi’s Sixth Form, and he is deaf. An unlikely relationship on the surface blossoms and we as the readers are so happy about this.

The plot is slow in some places, but fast in others- it has been carefully considered to match the readers emotions. I adored how Barnard focusses just as much on secondary characters- Tem was just a fabulous friend to Steffi. The friendship between Tem and Steffi was also lovely, and I always like to feel that the characters have got a rich backstory, and I can imagine many books being written about them. I loved Rhys and Steffi and how they overcame the issues in their relationship. Their interactions are fantastic, and how they go through their firsts. I love how both of the characters are different- it’s so magnificent and really makes you think about the people around you. 

Even the title is also brilliantly thought out- a title would never usually grab me, but A Quiet Kind of Thunder has me really interested. Barnard has a unique voice, with such a versatile writing style to write different stages in the plot excellently. Anxiety wasn’t romanticised- it was discussed in a real, raw and engaging way. It was really sweet, and such a lovely read. I will certainly be putting “Beautiful Broken things at the top of my reading pile, now that I love Barnard’s writing style.


Sunday, 17 December 2017


English Literature is a very versatile subject.

It will improve your writing skills greatly, in terms of being able to communitcate your argument on a topic coherently and convincingly- this is a key skill needed for university essay writing for many subjects, or even just being able to write a fantastic rsonal statement for University. It was also allow you to express your opinions and ideas coherently and confidently. It’s a brilliant A-Level that can work well with any subject combination, to show that you have a wide range of skills that arent justone subject area.

Your breadth of reading will become so wide.

I thought that I was an eager reader before I started the course, but studying A-Level English Literature has opened up new worlds to me, and new authors that I never knew existed. Also, you start to enjoy and appreciate a range of forms, such as poetry and plays, which you may not have had as much experience in as prose. As Roald Dahl once said in Matilda, “She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

No answer is wrong.

English Literature isn’t restrictive at all. One thing that I have enjoyed immensely about the course is how I can hear and bounce off from different opinions of my teachers and friends. As an English Literature student, you will realise that multiple interpretations can stem from one phrase, and that is such a fantastic concept.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


TITLE: The Last Beginning
AUTHOR:  Lauren James
PUBLISHER:  Walker Books
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 6th October 2016.



The epic conclusion to Lauren James' debut The Next Together about love, destiny and time travel.

Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove's investigation?

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.

I loved “The Next Together” and knew in the back of my mind that Lauren James would certainly not dissapoint with her new book. With school work getting in the way, I wanted to wait to read “The Last Beginning” and savour it. Finally, I read it a few weeks ago, and I am so glad that I did. Honestly, Lauren James is a fantastic and skilled writer, and I loved taking in every astounding paragraph. 

We follow Clove Sutcliffe- Matt and Kate’s daughter. However, we don’t know where Kate and Matt are, as Clove has been brought up by Matt’s brother, Tom, and his wife Jen. Tom and Jen are scientists and have just developed a time machine. Clove finds out who she really is, but what will she uncover with a new life changing technology, just at her fingertips?

Something that stuck out to me whilst reading this book is the fun use of documents, messages and timelines. It complimented the book nicely, without being overwhelming. In fact, considering the whole idea of the novel, James didn’t once leave me confused. I applaud her for crafting a brilliantly paced and intricately woven plot. Even the different fonts for the timelines were perfect- it was so easy to be transported to the different worlds. I loved the presence of Tom and Jen in the novel, showing a positive representation of parental figures. Clove was a realistic, and eventually, a likeable character- I adored her relationship with Ella and how they went on adventures together. But I also appreciated how different this book was- romance wasn’t the central theme in this book, instead more heavily based on science and coding, which was a nice touch when you think of the series together, and how each book brings different things to the reader.

After finishing the second book, I have never felt desperate to go back and start the whole series again. I have also just finished James’ newer book “The Loneliest Girl”- she is on fire. If you haven’t already, get every single one of Lauren James’ books on your TBR pile, now. “The Last Beginning” is a splendid, time travelling adventure.

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