'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Harry Potter #84

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: The Fall - Bethany Griffin

For those of you that know me, you know I'm gender studies mad. I'm fascinated by the interpretations in literature and of any books that deal with it. Needless to say, I nabbed the chance to ask Bethany Griffin about writing from Madeline's perspectives in The Fall. Here's what she had to say:

Gender in The Fall/The Fall of the House of Usher

Gothic literature is full of murky atmosphere, decaying buildings, creepy happenings and…vapid helpless females? Well, kind of. I do think for Edgar Allan Poe, the author whose work I’ve re-imagined twice, that females were put on a pedestal of longing, mainly because he’d lost females so often in his life. For the most part, Poe didn’t write the fainting hysterical females that sometimes populate gothic literature, instead his females are absent; they are beloved ideals, removed from this world to a more perfect place. From this perspective, it’s hard to know whether Poe’s idealization of females took the forefront of his writing of them that they seem to have no other personality traits or role, than that of an object to be mourned, or if he saw women in such simple terms.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Halloween Book Recs #2: TV Shows

These Halloween posts are going to be quick recommendations of books to curl up with at this spooky time of year! 
Today's post is me giving you some book recommendations based on TV Shows you've enjoyed!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Halloween Book Recs #1: Penny Dreadful

These Halloween posts are going to be quick recommendations of books to curl up with at this spooky time of year! 
Penny Dreadful exploded onto our screens earlier this year and received so many raving reviews. With a character list straight from some of the most brilliant classics, I thought I'd make the first Halloween post based on them and to give you guys a chance to meet the characters that you grew to love first hand.

Hope you enjoy!

REVIEW: The Walled City - Ryan Graudin

Title: The Walled City
Author: Ryan Graudin
Series: None
Publisher: Indigo Books
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 6th November, 2014

There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run. Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there traffic drugs or work in brothels--or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

REVIEW: The Perfectionists - Sara Shepard

The Perfectionists
Title: The Perfectionists
Author: Sara Shepard
Series: The Perfectionists #1
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 2nd October, 2014

In Beacon Heights High, Nolan Hotchkiss is king. His charm, wealth and good looks are deceptively seductive, and many are the students whose lives and reputations have been ruined by it. All while Nolan continues to reign, unquestioned and undisrupted. Until now, that is.

Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Caitlin and Parker seemingly don't have much in common. Each has their own friends, dramas and goals. But one thing they do share: they all have a deep hatred of Nolan Hotchkiss. And they all think it's about time he paid for what he's done. They come up with the perfect murder - a hypothetical murder, of course. It's all wishful thinking ... until they wake up one morning to find that their wish has come true. Nolan has been killed - in exactly the way they planned. The thing is, they didn't do it. So who did?

Friday, 24 October 2014

REVIEW: Lips Touch - Laini Taylor

Lips Touch
Title: Lips Touch
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: None
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 23rd October, 2014

In Victorian times, goblins offered sumptuous fruits in exchange for maiden's souls... and were usually successful. But what does it take to tempt today's savvy young women? Discover the answer in GOBLIN FRUIT. In SPICY LITTLE CURSES a demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test the curse placed upon her.
And in HATCHLING, six days before Esme's fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?