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...

Wolf Packs, Solidarity and A Cruel Prince

Apr 9th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

Fun fact about writers: we’re one giant pack of lone wolves. What that means is that we often do things out of solidarity for our fellow writers. Or at least, we pretend to. At the start of the year, a number of my writer friends went on book-buying-bans. Until they had finished reading every single book on their TBR (to-be-read) pile, they weren’t allowed to...

Different But Ultimately The Same: The ‘Autumn’ Review

Mar 19th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 2 min read

I won’t lie, before I won a copy of Autumn by Ali Smith from my local bookstore, I’d never heard of her. At first, I was simply intrigued by the linen hardback and beautiful fall scenery on its outer slip. When I read the synopsis on Goodreads, I was sold by the assurance of an intricate story spanning generations, interwoven with an unconventional love story,...

Choose Kind: The ‘Wonder’ Review

Mar 5th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 6 min read

I really struggled to write this review. Normally I know exactly what I want to say and from what angle I want to take it, but with Wonder… No, see, even now, as I sit here for the third day in a row trying to catch the words, I find I’m at a loss instead. One draft of this review started with how I saw...