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?...

The Heart Hidden Behind The Wall Of Thorns

Sep 17th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

I start reading eagerly: On the eve of her wedding, a girl paces her room. In her hands, a bag of boar’s blood. She plans to flee the castle by faking her own death. Her sister, a small, sickly creature with a cheery disposition, is to go with her. Wait. Purloined? In THAT sentence? Okay then… The girl is a huntress, but here she is...

Interviewing a Writer: Jessica Leake

Sep 3rd, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 13 min read

Earlier this year, I discovered a new YA fantasy novel: Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake. Despite the fact that it was 450 pages, I finished it within two days. To say I struggled to put it down is an understatement. I was in love from the very second I opened it and as I turned the last page, I found myself going into instant withdrawal,...

Igniting Change with Grace and Fury

Aug 27th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 5 min read

Back in June, while I was running from one film screening to another at the Edinburgh Film Festival, a package was waiting patiently for me to return to London. Unfortunately, my own patience was non-existent and as soon as I realised that the month’s FairyLoot box had arrived, I texted my reading buddies and asked what the month’s book was. There hadn’t been a single...