July 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hey guys, long time no see! I’ve been spending quite a busy and hectic summer in Bangladesh (while still getting a little bit of reading and writing time in). Hopefully, this blog will be active once more when I’m back in Ireland in September. For now, this is a quick update to let you guys know that I have recently published a poem in the latest issue of About Place Journal. Go and have a look at the issue if you get the chance as it is a wonderful literary magazine. My own poem there is entitled The Hills, but if you guys get the opportunity, definitely read some of the other works published as they are great!
May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hey guys, so I just wanted to make a short update post since I’m travelling to Bangladesh tomorrow to visit family and do some work placement. I’ll be there until the beginning of September and hopefully I will stay busy, which unfortunately means that this blog might be inactive for a little while. However, lucky for me, I have loaded a LOT of books onto my kindle (it has 300+ books now) and I’m taking a couple of physical books with me too! I also hope to do at least a little bit of writing while I’m there. I’m going to try my best to keep updating this blog when I get the chance even while I’m away, but definitely expect a few reviews and perhaps a couple of poetry posts when I get back.
Stay well until then all my lovely followers!
May 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
**some very minor spoilers**
** Trigger warning for sexual assault and abuse**
Lost Voices tells the story of fourteen-year old orphan Luce, who lives with her abusive uncle. After being sexually assaulted by her uncle on her fourteenth birthday, Luce transforms into a mermaid.
Let me start this review by saying that I quite like mermaids so I was pretty excited to read this book, with its concept of mermaids that are bound on revenge. Unfortunately, I don’t Porter was able to do the concept any justice.
Porter’s writing wasn’t all in all bad. A lot of the time it managed to be quite aesthetically pleasing. However, it was inconsistent and ultimately, it was amateur. This gave way to inconsistent characterisation too. I found it irritating to read the characters because they were so inconsistent. I felt like Porter was attempting to portray dramatic mood swings, attempting to show confusing display of emotions, but she failed. It came out as inconsistent writing and irritating character that made very little sense. Many of the characters also felt underdeveloped and two-dimensional, especially those characters that Luce didn’t like.
The plot itself wasn’t particularly enthralling. The beginning was interesting, when you learn of the mermaid’s motivations and such. But soon, the novel just became an account of their day-to-day activities. It was tiring and uninteresting. There was very little plot to speak of. A lot of plot points were also incredibly underdeveloped. Porter never fully explores the motivations of the mermaids, and their ability to see their history if they look at each other from a certain angle just felt like lazy storytelling.
Honestly, there were so many interesting elements in this book that were never explored properly or well. Catarina could have been an extremely interesting character, but she was inconsistent and underdeveloped. When I was halfway through the book, I just couldn’t wait to get to the end because I was so bored with the nonexistent plot. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next two books in the series.
May 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
Sylvia Brownrigg’s “Pages For You” can be summed up as a romance between college student, Flannery, and her teaching assistant, Anne. Unfortunately, that is all the book essentially is. I skimmed through most of it pretty fast, which was unfortunate. I was really excited to read the book, I thought it was something right up my alley, but the book just bored me. The writing was decent and I enjoyed reading it for the first half of the book. But as the book continued, I just lost all interest. It was uninteresting to constantly hear Flannery talk about how great Anne was, how pretty, smart, sexy, etc, etc… for basically every chapter. I soon found both Anne and Flannery to be a little irritating. Neither of them were interesting characters to read. I feel like some authors can get away with writing a book that’s not focused on a plot, but to pull that off you do need aesthetic writing and a character driven approach. Unfortunately, this book had neither of those things. The writing was far from bad, but it wasn’t good enough to make up for what the novel lacked. All in all, I didn’t hate the book, I was just immensely bored of it.
May 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.
This was a quick read for me, to pass the time between exam stress and such. I didn’t love it but I didn’t dislike it. It’s kind of like a much darker and pessimistic version of Easy A, since both this book and that movie explore the same themes. However, whereas I love Easy A (granted, Emma Stone plays a huge role in that love), I only mildly enjoyed this book.
What I liked about this book was that it was an interesting concept and, for the most part, I liked how Mathieu dealt with it. The book was written from the point of view of a variety of characters, each narrative focused on Alice and the events that led to Alice becoming an outcast. I liked that the book ultimately didn’t establish an opinion on Alice and the fact that she was regarded as “slutty.” However, I felt that a lot of the differing narratives had forced voices that felt jarring in the story. There were a lot of stereotypes that were represented throughout the book (of popular girls, jocks, the genius, etc.) that were never explored or deconstructed so the characters often fell flat, seeming 2-dimensional and underdeveloped.
I also felt like there was no real resolution to the book. There was no climax, or actual development. It felt like a linear book for the most part, where we find out about the past and Elaine’s party from various perspectives but nothing much really comes of this knowledge. None of the characters seem to show much change from beginning to end. I felt like Mathieu was often attempting to develop characters, but merely by telling us about this. Many of the characters voice regrets about their behaviour but none of them ever show any actual regret.
All in all this was a quick, enjoyable read and I would recommend it to people if that is what you’re looking for. Any of you guys read this, and if so, what are you opinions?
April 30, 2014 § 2 Comments
I clouded the world in anger
to escape the pain.
In case it wasn’t obvious, I wrote the last 7 poems of NaPoWriMo in less than an hour. Hence why they are so short in length and not the best in quality. But that marks the end of my NaPoWriMo 2014!