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...

Choosing Happy, Me and Fearless Femme

May 7th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 2 min read

While holidaying in Belgium earlier this year, I had a realisation: We each deserve the life we dream for ourselves. In order to achieve those dreams, we must be brave enough to take a leap of faith and fight for it. The thought was triggered by a series of events that had transpired a few months prior and I immediately took to writing about it...

Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Apr 30th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read

When my FairyLoot reading buddy asked me what I thought of February’s book, The Hazel Woodby Melissa Albert, I found myself unable to give a straight answer. Even now, as I sit here trying to put my thoughts in order, I can’t entirely decide on what star rating I would give it. It was a good read, there’s no doubt about that, and I was...