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Book Review: Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *
Title: Birdy Flynn Authors: Helen Donohoe Source: From Publisher Publisher: Rock The Boat Rating: 4/5 stars


Book Review Summary:
It is the summer and a group of children are playing down by a stream when they do a terrible thing. Something that Birdy tries unsuccessfully to avert. While the other children in the gang find it easy to forget what they have done, Birdy is trapped in the moment and feels bound to do something to make amends. But how does a child face up to responsibility and find the courage to do the right thing?

An uncompromising and uniquely powerful novel about growing up, making friends and being true to yourself.

Book Review:

So when I heard about Birdy Flynn I was definitely interested in the premise of the book. It was something that I had not read about before and I was intrigued to read it. Birdy Flynn is a very unique story that goes places other YA books wo…

Now We Rise Blog Tour: A Children of Blood and Bone Inspired Post

So today I am posting my piece for the Now We Rise Blog Tour. This blog tour is celebrating the release of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi based around your Manji Clan. 

For this I decided to write a poem based on that theme. So I hope you like it...

Now We Rise

Now We Rise, From the Ashes, From the Ground, Ready to fight.
With our friends, With our family, With all our might, With everything that we have.
To protect what we have, To challenge everything,  To reshape the world that we live in,  To end all that we disagree with it. 
This land is ours, This is our family, This is our history, This is our ground, This is ours.
Ours to defence, Ours to protect.
And we won't let it go easily.
Now We Rise.


If you would like to find out your Manji Clan then you could do so here:

See you soon, 


Books That Made Me: World Book Day Inspired Post

Books are the way to new worlds. 
They allow us to experience anything 
And everything that we want to do in the world. 
They are the way to worlds that we didn't even know existed 
But we don't know what to do without. 
Allow us to open doors in this world
That change us, make us learn, 
Allow us to know that anything is possible 
If only we believe.
Books are escapism when we need them the most. 
Books can change our lives, for better. 
Books make us better people. 
They made us, well us. 
Here are the books that made me...

Book One: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

This book opened the door to a new world that I didn't know existent. It opened the door to YA and I haven't looked back...

Book Two: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison 

This book opened the door to a world I already knew existent but not in fiction. It taught me that life can be messy and embarrassing and that that's OK and the female friendships rule!

Book Three: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins…

Book Review: Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *
Title: Bygone Badass Broads Authors: Mackenzi Lee Source: From Publisher Publisher: Abram Image Rating: 5/5 stars


Book Summary:

Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BC and continuing to the present, the book takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time. Coupled with riveting illustrations and Lee’s humorous and conversational storytelling style, this book is an outright celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us.

Book Review: 

When I was going through books that I could read this…

Self-Doubt, Anxiety and Rejection

My head feels like a mess right now. 

My whole body doesn't know quite what to do and I feel like I have a billion different things in my head right now but I have no idea what to do. 

Part of me wants to say that I feel numb because I kind of do but at the same time I am feeling a million different feelings that I kind of don't know what to do. 

I'm in a shock kind of, my body just doesn't know what to do. Run? Hide? Fight the world?

But nothing?

I mean I guess not quite nothing I'm writing this so that's something. 

All of this started because I've had a rough couple of days.

On the outside my life seems fine, I've been reproductive, have been doing work, even today, I have tried to put on a nice front but inside it feels like I am collapsing under the weight. I think a part of me won't let me stop. I know that if I don't continue something might make me stop. It's like I am trying to run away but I'm not. 

This post is clearly me trying to ge…

Why I Volunteer and My SVW Experiences

I have been volunteering with Vteam, my university's volunteering team, since the first year at university and I have been asked by them to share my experiences as it is Student Volunteering Week for the rest of the week. 

Over my experience of university, I have had many experiences of volunteering including at the Colchester Film Festival which I have done which is basically volunteering, knowing the schedule and marshalling people as well as watching films on some occasions which is the best of both worlds. 

Over the past couple of days, I have also been taking part in volunteering opportunities myself and although I had some bad experience as you will read later, the skills and enjoyable that I have had generally are a great way to get skills without having a job and you have fun too. 

So let's get started with my volunteering experiences...

Sunday 18th March: Junior Park Run 

For this volunteering opportunity I decided to help out at the Junior Park Run because although being …

Book Review: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *
Title: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo Authors: F. C. Yee Source: From Publisher Publisher: Amulet  Rating: 3/5 stars


Book Summary:

She annihilates standardized tests and the bad guys.

Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.

But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the f…

BLOG TOUR: Book Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *
Title: The Belles Authors: Dhonielle Clayton Source: From Publisher Publisher: Gollancz Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Book Summary:
I am a Belle. I control Beauty. 

In the opulent world of Orléans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle's powers can make them beautiful.

Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle - the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family.

But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater - and far darker - than she ever imagined.

When the queen asks Camellia to break the rules she lives by to save the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: protect herself and the way of the Belles, or risk her own life, and change th…

The Bus Stop: A Short Story

It was a silent night at the bus stop. Everything was quiet, eerily quiet for a Friday night. Too quiet. With that the night was broken. A boy was walking towards the bus stop, with his friend who was talking loudly. Beer bottle in hand, it was clear that the pre-drinking that been in fall force. The boy’s friend was yelling that the boy had broken up with his girlfriend earlier that night. “Forget Alice man. Drown your sorrows in drink. Tonight, you will be a man. A free man.” He said, slurring his words as he spoke, walking towards the road rather than on the pavement. Being scared for his safety, the boy was unsuccessfully trying to get his friend out of the pavement. Attempting successfully, the boy said to his friend, “I think we need to get you home.” The boy himself was not drunk, he had so wanted to be, but he thought that he was going out for a film night with his girlfriend, but this didn’t happen, instead the breakup did. One text later and his girlfriend was gone. After his b…

Blog Tour: The Eden Paradox by Barry Kirwan Book Review

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *

Title: The Eden Paradox Authors: Barry Kirwan Source: From Blog Tour Publisher:  Rating: 3/5 stars


Book Summary:

A murder... a new planet mankind desperately needs... a thousand-year old conspiracy... What really awaits us on Eden? In a world beset by political turmoil, environmental collapse, and a predatory new religion, a recently discovered planet, Eden, is our last hope. But two missions have failed to return. Blake Alexander and his crew lead the final attempt to bring back good news. Meanwhile back on Earth, Micah Sanderson evades assassins, and tries to work out who he can trust as he struggles in a race against time to unravel the Eden Paradox.
Book Review:

When I got the opportunity to review The Eden Paradox I was really excited because I really enjoy sci-fi but tend to read much of it so this was the perfect way to do so. I found the book really enjoyable and highly ent…