Thursday, 30 August 2018

I Heart Audio Dramas | Part Two

Continuing on from I Heart Audio Dramas, part one, I finally bring you the second part in this series! For those of you who haven't listened to an audio drama, they are typically serialized stories acted out by a full voice cast and they are incredible, Here are three more that I have been digging recently:


top audio dramas1. The White VaultGenre: Thriller, mystery, horror
Average Episode Length: 25 minutes
No. of Episodes: 10
Good if you like: Serial, X Files, Lost

The White Vault is a relatively new audio drama and is only on it's first season but it has quickly become one of my favourites and I can't wait for season two to be released.
A repair team consisting of some of the brightest minds have been sent to an outpost in Svalbard, a cold and harsh area where they get snowed in. They quickly realise there is a lot more to the area than meets the eye and we follow them in their journey of discovery. This is told through found letters, documents and audio tapes after the incident has happened making it even creepier. 


2. Wolf 359

top audio dramasGenre: Sci-fi, drama

Average Episode Length: 20 - 40 mins, later episodes are longer
No, of Episodes: 61 with many mini episodes too
Good if you like: Star Trek, Enders Game, Steven Universe 
Wolf 359 follows Officer Doug Eiffel on his time above the U.S.S Hephaestus, a massive space station, and his encounters with the rest of the crew as they look out for life outside of planet earth.
The podcast starts very light and fluffy with each episode seeming to have a different story, but quite quickly these all go together to form a greater plot line, one filled with drama, tragedy and mystery whilst still being funny,
Wolf 359 has some of the best fleshed out characters I have seen as well as voice acting and production which really makes you feel for the characters, I'm not ashamed to say I definitely cried at one point! 

top audio dramas3. The Bright Sessions
Genre: Sci-fi
Average Episode Length: 25 minutes
No of Episodes: 74
Good if you like: X-Men, 
The Bright Sessions are recordings of the therapy sessions from Dr Bright, but Dr Bright's therapy patients aren't your average kind of patients, they are what are known as atypicals. Atypicals are people with unique abilities, such as the power to read minds or time travel.
The first few episodes are incredibly interesting to listen to, and as time goes on a greater plot develops and there is way more to the situation than what it first appears. The voice acting and production on this is also very high and I'm very excited that there will be books based in this universe and a TV adaptation of the podcast!

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Book Review | Girlhood by Cat Clarke

cat clarke girlhood review
My Rating: 6/10
Published: May 4th 2017
Pages: 342
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads Book Depository

Harper, the protagonist of Girlhood lost her twin sister to anorexia. Shortly after her twins death Harper heads to boarding school in an attempt to start fresh and get over her grief. She makes a great group of friends there but she feels like they don't fully understand her. It's now the start of the new school year and with that brings a new student, Kirsty. 

Kirsty and Harper instantly strike a friendship, especially after Harper finds out that Kirsty has also been through the tragedy of losing a sister and she finally feels like she has found someone who really gets her, but as the story progresses it seems that Kirsty is not all she says she is. Her behaviour becomes borderline obsessive and certain parts of her life story don't add up.

Girlhood for me has all the makings of a great story, it's set in a boarding school in Scotland (LOVE) and Kirsty could've been a great antagonist, however this book pitches itself as a thriller, and whilst there are a few elements that allude to the sense of a thriller, nothing is really taken that far which made this feel a little flat. It seems like Girlhood gets a bit confused about what it's aim is plot wise halfway through and ends up being a story about toxic friendship with a bit of a mystery thrown in as an afterthought. All this confusion over what the book is trying to achieve is what let me down.

Another point that made Girlhood less enjoyable for me was the main character Harper. To be completely honest I found her quite unlikeable, and at times slightly unrealistic as a character. She made some really stupid decisions and was oblivious to certain things and it seemed to be this way just so the plot could progress in the way Cat wanted it to rather than having to write a more complex character. 

Whilst this review does sound quite negative, I actually flew through this book and it had great representation in it of race and a mix of sexual preferences. It's not a bad book by any means which is why I gave it a 6, but I feel like it had so much potential that it did not reach.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

YA books vs adult books

Turn and face the strange,  don't wan't to be a richer man. Anyone else love that song? Shrek has such a good soundtrack.
Anywayyyyy, today I wanted to talk about how my reading tastes have changed in the past 10 or so months. If you follow my blog at all it will come as no surprise that I am a big fan of young adult books, and although I still am I have found myself slowly stepping away from YA (especially contemporary) and dipping my toes into the big pool of adult fiction. Not like erotic fiction, just like normal books not in the YA section, and I wanted to discuss my reasons why:

  • I can't relate any more - Most YA main characters are between 16-18 years old. I am over 10 years older than that so unsurprisingly when I read about a character having problems at school or friendship issues I find it hard to care and wish that was my main concerns in life rather than worrying about mortgages, my increasing amount of grey hairs and whether or not the cats shit looked normal this morning.
  • The sex is missing - I'm not going to lie, I love a good steamy sex scene in a book and in YA it is often glossed over, and if it isn't it often can feel quite awkward. Once again I've not been a virgin in a very long time so the sex being a big thing, whilst 1000% should be important for teenagers, is not for me. And then there are the authors who go a bit OTT and everyone knows your first time is not that good (Sarah J Maas I'm looking at you)
  • It always ends happily ever after - Now this one is entirely me being a cynical old woman, but YA books always (well 98% of the time) end up with a happy ending. Most of the time I love a happy ending, but every so often I would like things to be a bit grittier because the real world definitely doesn't always end up with things wrapped up with a neat little bow on it.
It's not that I dislike YA now, and YA fantasy is still the best fantasy in my opinion, it's just my personal tastes have changed and this will be reflected in my blog posts. There will still be quite a few YA reviews going up because I've read a lot and need blog content but I'm changing and along with it so will this blog. Basically, I'm getting old, and I hope you will enjoy being old with me.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

I'm back bitches

a tabby cat sitting on a bookcase

Well, it's been a long time hasn't it! I'm not going to bother with excuses because the long and short of it is I just fell out of love with blogging, but a nice long break and about a million books later I finally feel refreshed and ready to step back into the book blogging world.

In the time that I've been gone my husband and I bought our first property in London (expensive AF), welcomed two gorgeous kittens into our flat (Rick and Morty, Rick is a girl!) and not much else to be honest. I worked the day job a lot and my reading tastes have changed a fair bit, but more of that will be spoken about in an upcoming blog post.

Anyway, I make no promises for consistent posts, or even quality content but I will be talking about books or bookish related things and it feels nice to be back.