Top 5 Tips: Being A Brilliant Beta Reader

Nov 19th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

Earlier this month, I was asked to be a beta reader for a friend. The novel was a YA romance with what she described as a rather controversial backbone. It’s rare I take on beta reads. For one, I cannot retain information I read from a screen to save my life - my poor Kindle has been sitting beside my bed untouched by all book...

Old, Tattered and Green

Nov 12th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read

There’s an armchair that I’ve always loved. As a kid, it used to sit in the sitting room, and I would hide behind it, playing with my dolls or horses. I sat in the same chair a few years later, when my nieces and nephews were born, telling them all various (a lot of the time, edited) fairy tales. Later still, when my grandmother was...

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Nov 5th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read

I was a little wary going into Mirage. It was advertised as a YA romance set in space, and as the last few books I’ve read set in space started strong and progressively worsened as they went along, I was worried Mirage may not be worth it. Especially having just finished Sarah J. Maas’ Empire of Storms, with its incredible, edge-of-your-seat ending. Was I wrong?...

Let’s Get This Party Started

Oct 29th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

Three days… Sixty-Two Hours… Three thousand, seven hundred and twenty minutes… …and then the party officially begins! That’s right! NaNoWriMo is coming, and I am beyond exciting for this year. After finishing the second draft of the first instalment in my YA trilogy at the start of October, I’ve kept myself as far away from writing fiction as possible. It’s been a difficult few weeks...