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 wick, 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...

Going Beyond A Darkened Shore with Ginny Cuthbert

Jun 18th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read

Like many readers, I hate finishing good books. It’s not just about not wanting the book to end, but also because I can never pick what to read next. What on earth is going to be better than what I’ve just read? How can anyone create characters to rival those I’ve just spent the past week with? Will any villain be able to live up...