Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

I’m finally back to reading and blogging! After a few months of travelling and university, I’ve actually succeeded in reading a book – who knew being busy was a viable excuse for not reading!  Without further ado, lets get into the review.

dracula-cover-2Dracula is Bram Stoker’s exemplary literary contribution dating all the way back to 1897. The novel is fuelled with scandal, love, peril and horror, representing some of the very first influences of the gothic genre. As well a this, Dracula‘s iconic reputation as a character helped pave the characterisation of what a vampire conceptually is in popular culture today. It makes for an interesting read and taught me to appreciate the pure innovation this story and its characters represented for its timeframe. If I was alive in 1897, I would have adored this book and what it meant for the cultural innovation and the controversial assets for its time. However, reading the novel as someone from the twenty-first century, I was sometimes left wanting more than I received.

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Book Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

y648.jpgAfter reading the first instalment of the Montague siblings’ European road-trip action-adventure chronicles (which you can read my review on here, by the way 😉), I found my mind circling back to the characters Lee created more and more. Even though the story was over, I found myself desperate to know what happened next to the crafty characters I learned to love! Thankfully, Lee provided with a sequel that not only increases the value of the series rather than diminishing it, but in which she is also able to further flesh out the world, characters and cultural context to a satisfying degree.

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Book Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Skyward.jpgBy this point, most readers and writers know how esteemed Brandon Sanderson is as an author. Not only has he managed to create the multidimensional high-fantasy universe that is the Cosmere, sprouting dozens of novels set on different planets to much critical acclaim, he’s also co-written a few books in the infamous Wheel of Time series, along with multiple other independently praise-worthy books series’.

Sanderson’s newest work, Skyward, is a young adult novel set on the planet of Detritus as humans struggle to fend for themselves in a war against the alien Krells. The story follows adolescent Spensa’s journey as she trains to become a pilot in this war – after her father was publicly branded a coward. The question remains: is Sanderson able to successfully transfer his skills from fantasy to science-fiction?

Yes. Yes, he is. 👏

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Book Review: ‘The Last Wish’ by Andrzej Sapkowski

the-last-wishAlthough I haven’t played any of The Witcher video-games, which are what Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels are now mostly recognised through, I’m always willing to try out a new fantasy series. When I heard The Witcher novels were to be adapted into a Netflix series, I finally decided I may as well give it a shot. After all, if it’s being made into a series, that has to mean it’s good, right?

The Last Wish is chronologically the first book of The Witcher series, and even though the main novels were released years earlier, I was ensured this book was to be read as an ideal introduction to the world. As a prequel made up of interconnecting short stories, Sapkowski introduces readers to Geralt of Rivia. Being a Witcher, someone who has been trained to hunt and kill mythical mutations and monsters plaguing society, Geralt bestows a number of provoking and diverse tales in his arsenal for readers to saturate themselves in.

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Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

29283884It took me a bit of self-convincing to read this book as I don’t read young-adult much anymore, but let me say this – I’m glad that I did. It was a little wild, a little unexpected, and a complete breath of fresh air.

What begins as a typical coming-of-age story for our college dropout protagonist, Henry “Monty” Montage, as he tours 1700s Europe, consistently keeps the reader hooked as the story curves and transfigures itself into an action-packed adventure novel. The result is a hybrid of what I always imagined Oscar Wilde’s personality to be, mixed in with the bustle and excitement of an Indiana Jones film. Coupled with meaningful themes and diverse characters, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the young adult historical fiction novel that provided me a fun and light-hearted read as I entered 2019.

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5 books I’ll (hopefully) read in 2019

Happy new year, my fellow readers and pop-culture lovers! 🎊 2018 has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and it’s now time to make some resolutions for the months ahead.

2018 was an exciting year for me as I finally started this blog and discovered some stories I’d never have glanced at in the past. I never thought I’d enjoy Greek Mythology, but Madeline Miller’s works transformed my expectations and entertainment into something marvellous – same goes for many other books in 2018.

I’m not one of those people who can choose fifty books to read at once, nor do I usually plan out the books I read in advance very often – I tend to take my time absorbing and processing a story completely before moving on to the next (that, and it takes me far too long to choose what to read 💁‍♂️). As well as this, I tend to spontaneously encounter books throughout the year that I suddenly become motivated to read for whatever reason, so I know that even if I make a list, I probably won’t stick to it. Knowing this, I’ve compiled a list of five books that I hope to get onto throughout the next twelve months, and I’ll let my impulsive nature take care of the books in between.

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Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse-Mythology-Neil-Gaiman-UK.jpgNorse Mythology has been my first introduction to Neil Gaiman’s literary work, and being a fan of all things mythical and legendary, this entry on Gaiman’s shelf did not disappoint. The novel is a retelling of the ancient stories of Norse mythology, and Gaiman takes effort to weave his way through each one, finetuning them into one novelistic arc. This allows for a comprehensive read, and with each story being separate but still part of one connected timeline, this makes for the perfect casual read, as each story can be read separately as well as a few at a time. Of course, this didn’t stop me from reading it all in a day or two. 🤷‍♂️

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