HOLY GOD. I am so grateful that this book is in the world. Teen girls will read this and receive the sort of affirmation of their self-worth and sexuality which I never got as a teenager. Best of all, I got to meet the lovely Laura Steven at the book's official launch in Newcastle and have my copy signed!
I was never a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz. Firstly, it’s sort of creepy and secondly the wizard is a massive douchecanoe. I am however a HUMUNGOUS fan of Wicked. So I shamelessly compared Gregory Maguire’s novel to the musical throughout this review. The short answer is, it’s a pretty mixed bag! They’re quite different, and I really enjoyed both.
Since 2010, Miriam Lancewood has lived nomadically in the wilds of New Zealand with her partner. They spend all their waking moments connected to nature. They walk hundreds of miles through forests, rivers, mountains. She hunts for their food. Also she some how does all of this whilst looking like a mega babe??? Wtf???
WERE THESE BOOKS WRITTEN TO BRING ME JOY? APPARENTLY YES?? Sadly, it’s taken me six years to find out! I still remember my friend nagging me to read them all the way through year 12. ‘Were-hyenas and a beast lord?’ I snorted from my moral high horse. ‘That sounds super cliché and also redonkadonk. I only read REAL literature you know.’ Well guess what 17 year old Maddy you were WRONG.
CARA DELVIGNE!! CARA DELVIGNE!! CARA DELVIiiiIIIiiGNE!!!!! *clears throat* Right, now we've got that out of the way, let's talk about how I hoovered up this book like noo noo sucking up Tubbycustard. Why was I so into this book? Because Valerian: City of A Thousand Planets was THE MOST UNDERRATED FILM OF 2017 THAT'S WHY. According to some people, this is just my "opinion". Jokes on them, because after meditating for 3432 hours God contacted me and confirmed that this is actually the infallible truth of the universe.
Ruh roh. Donny Downer here, along with Betty Buzzkill and Paul the Party Pooper. Buckle yourself in folks, unpopular opinions time strikes again.
Scary fairies? Check. Scary heroine? Check. Set in Edinburgh, my favourite city? CHECK. Three marvellous things mushed into a novel with a gorgeous cover -- what could possibly go wrong? HAHAHA. HAHAHA. I WONDER HHAHAHA ahahah ha ha
When I was a tender ickle 13 year old a whole bloody decade ago, I co-wrote a HP Next-Generation fanfic, and I was damn proud of it. Was it ridiculous? Yes. Did it have a plot? No. But you know what it DID have, that this official installation notably doesn’t?? ROSE EFFING WEASLEY.
So... it's taken me a solid two weeks to figure out what I actually want my goals this year to be. YAAAAAAAAAAAAH!! CRUSHING IT ALREADY!!!! Anyway. I unironically love New Year's resolutions, because they incorporate two of my favourite things: obsessive list writing + furious optimism in the face of incompetence. I'm going to dig straight in with a retrospective of my 2017 goals. *panicked yodel*
The internet is PEED OFF that this book isn’t like Seraphina!! WHY is a book about Seraphina's little sister not ALSO FULL OF DRAGONS, MORE DRAGONS AND LUCIAN KIGGS IN TIGHT BREECHES???? EXPLAIN>>>???!!!!!!! BECAUSE, esteemed netizens, this book doesn't want to... Continue Reading →
Like many aspiring authours, I spend a lot of time on *extremely productive* writing related activities such as listening to writing podcasts or reading writing guides instead of, you know…actually writing.
As a twenty-something Charmed fangirl with a Pinterest habit and a hole in my soul where my childhood Christian faith used to lie, it would be a total oversight if I didn’t complete the 90s kid cliché and get stuck into neo-paganism. Who could dislike a spirituality based on feminism, environmentalism, and folk history… plus a smattering of Aleister Crowley woo woo and appropriated indigenous traditions? #yay