Introducing: Christina Hodgson and Valentina

Jun 11th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 17 min read

Back in May 2017, Cristina Hodgson released her debut novel, A Little of Chantelle Rosewhich was met with positive reviews all round. Now, a little over a year later, she’s releasing the second in the series, Valentina. It’s such an honour to bring this exclusive interview and excerpt to you now. But, I do, it’s time we get to know the woman behind the words!...

The Wicked Deep and the Beauty of Simplicity

Jun 4th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read

I’ve been thinking about simplicity a lot lately. Luxury is always alluring, but there’s something about simplicity that is far more beautiful. Far more intimate. Think about it: How many days have you’ve spent curled up with a good book in the sunshine with an iced tea or by a fire with a hot chocolate, and just basked in its perfection? How many hours have...

The Troika Book Haul

May 21st, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 6 min read

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a YA Picnic Party with Troika Books; an independent children and young adult publisher that launched in the Spring of 2013. The event was intimate, with a handful of bloggers meeting the crew behind Troika and a selection of their writers over a drink and a slice of banana bread. At the end of it, we...

State of Sorrow: For That Is All She Brings Us

May 14th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

In 2003, my sister came home with a handful of books for me. Among them was The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. I was in love within seconds of opening it, for the story followed a tiny, sickly mouse with unusually large ears, born with his eyes wide open. He was the only of his litter to be born alive, and no one thought...