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REVIEW: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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First thoughts

This book was kindly given to me by my best friend for my birthday, which kinda makes me feel bad for disliking it so much. But that's what reading is all about, right? Forming an opinion?

'My mum and my sister raved about this book and said I should read it,' my friend said, 'but I don't read books, so I thought I'd get it for you'. At least she wasn't emotionally attached to the book. That way my negative review won't completely destroy her feelings.

Good bits

We Were Liars is a semi-enjoyable holiday read. It is super easy to read, not requiring too much effort to understand the plot (probably because the plot is stupidly boring but we'll get to that later). I could have finished it in a day if life didn't get in the way, so if you're planning on bringing this with you on holiday I'd recommend bringing a back up... for multiple reasons.

The main thing I liked about this book was the plot twist (spoiler-ish alert). I a…

REVIEW: Room by Emma Donoghue

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First thoughts
At first, I was really excited to get stuck into this book. For Christmas I was lucky enough to get a gift card for a bookshop and Room was one of the first books I bought in 2017, thus starting my Goodreads Reading Challenge. There was a huge hype surrounding it when I bought it and I knew it had been turned into a film so I was expecting big things from Donoghue, especially as it addresses such a sensitive topic. 
I must admit, the size of the book concerned me a little as I knew the majority of it was set in one room, so how was Donoghue going to retain my attention for 400-odd pages with a story set in one place?! I hadn't heard of Donoghue before picking up this book so it wasn't as if I had trust in her writing to keep me interested, but I decided to take the plunge anyway.
Good bits
Right, so. Before I completely rip into Room I guess I should say what I liked about it. I found the exploration of Jack's psychological state extremely interesting. I could t…

REVIEW: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I started reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children towards the beginning of June and expected it to be a nice, easy read for summer. I knew it was aimed at readers a bit younger than me but in my experience if the plot line is interesting then the style of writing shouldn't get in the way.

I must say, I did really like the concept of the plot. The whole idea of children with unique abilities, hollowgasts, Ymbrynes (I hope I never have to say that word out loud for fear of embarrassment) and wights is something I haven't come across before. Yes, there are many stories of humans with supernatural powers but Riggs develops this idea in such a way that feels brand new. (Here is where I admit I have not read any Harry Potter books, which is probably why I feel this way).

I was also really intrigued by the network of time loops that operated throughout the world and were dotted around in different points in time. I found it really interesting when it was explained th…

The Mirror Maze

The first story I have for you is one I wrote a few months ago for a Creative Writing module I took in First year. Let me tell you, pouring your heart and soul into a story only to have it ripped apart by your peer group and seminar leader is not the most enjoyable thing to do. But I survived. I took most of their comments into account and edited it before handing it in, finding myself leaving in aspects that they hated because I loved them too much to delete. I may be a bit stubborn.  This story is a bit longer than I plan on making future pieces, but I thought it was a good place to start. Enjoy!
The Mirror Maze
‘Isn’t this great?’ asked Scott, raising his voice above the buzzing atmosphere of the annual county fair. Heather knew he had said something to her but couldn’t decipher it, she was too busy watching the neon lights on the rollercoasters fill the sky. She laughed, glanced at him, and smiled sweetly.
‘Wanna get some cotton candy?’ suggested Heather, motioning towards the long s…

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