REVIEW – The Darkness Around Her by Neil White

REVIEW – The Darkness Around Her by Neil White

THE DARKNESS AROUND HER- Published 9th August 2018by Neil WhiteRating: ******Going to try my best to avoid spoilers but be warned just in case I slip up!* Story:The plot follows criminal defence lawyer Dan Grant in his attempt to bring forth his client's innocence. On New Year's Eve, a young woman was murdered by the [...]

REVIEW – Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

REVIEW – Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

The plot follows Han, head of a street gang and infamous heartthrob. Running a gang isn't quite as easy as some people think as he deals with a lot of harassment from the queen's guard. After fostering with the clans, Han (also known as Hunts Alone) deals with his friendship with best friends Dancer and Digging Bird. A big secret brews between Han and Dancer whilst a new relationship seems to blossom between Han and Bird. When that secret is revealed, it insights a huge test between Han and Bird since any love between them should now be forbidden.

REVIEW – Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

REVIEW – Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

Yorkshire lass, Loveday, works at a bookshop and has done for a long time now. One morning she finds a neglected book by the bus stop and hoping someone has just accidentally dropped it and wants it back, she posts a found notice in the window of the bookshop. To her amazement, Nathan, a man who is too good to be true turns up to retrieve it. Loveday is someone who usually keeps to herself and her books, but somehow Nathan is able to persuade her to go to poetry nights and share in their love of literature. At the bookshop, a number of boxes turn up each day that need to be sorted onto the correct shelves. Some books contain pressed flowers and a strangers memories used as a bookmark, some contain her own memories. It is not just people that keep secrets, books keep them too.

REVIEW – The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

REVIEW – The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Kestrel, a Valorian and the general's daughter, was always seen to be odd with her love for music, lack of military ability and generosity to the Herrani slaves at her home. As a child her birthday wish was to set her nurse free as it was a great honour for a slave to be freed. She grew up persistently playing the piano, a past time of the Herrani before the war and now something only a slave should do in order to entertain the noble Valorians.

REVIEW – The Stars’ Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry

REVIEW – The Stars’ Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry

Ned Maddstone appears to have absolutely everything anyone can ask for. He has the money and all the opportunities he needs to give him the brightest of futures, and he is talented enough the achieve that future. Everything is even more perfect when he meets Portia. Perfect life and perfect girlfriend. Nothing can stop him, nothing can get in his way. So the story goes…

REVIEW – The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen

REVIEW – The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen

August Hope is supposedly the weird one of the twins. After growing up in a small town it was clear that Augusta was meant for bigger things, or perhaps bigger places. Her love of reading the dictionary over and over again gained her a few annoyed words from her family throughout her childhood and it was her sister that appeared to be the favourite, since she (again, apparently) wanted the simple life, to remain in the neighbourhood with a husband and child. A book for anyone who wants to read something that covers harder topics, rooted in reality, yet some how leaves you feeling accomplished, thoughtful and uplifted about life.

Beach Body Ready – The Roaring Girls

Beach Body Ready – The Roaring Girls

THE #HULLMAFIA ARE BACK AT IT AGAIN CREATING UNIQUE, ENGAGING, AND HEARTWARMING EMOTIONAL BREAKDOWNS ON STAGE - THAT’S A GOOD THING, TRUST ME! By the end you’ll feel like family. Maybe it’s something to do with openly talking about jiggling bellies, vaginas being scraped across who knows what (please watch the show for context), and then sharing a party ring bucket with the stranger sat next to you. The show is honest, sometimes brutally, and finds a way to bring out your inner rage against the patriarchy whilst you laugh and sometimes cry to the cheesy workouts.

REVIEW – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

REVIEW – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Can we just talk about mates for a second. Mate mate mate MATE mate mate MaTe mate mate mate… is it just me or is that the only word in the chapter when Feyre and Rhysand confess to one another their feelings? It definitely felt like it. It calms down a little but safe to say, I’m sick of the word mate. I understand its meaning in this case but it is a little cringey. I appreciate the descriptions of Feyre’s struggles. It was definitely set in reality. That panic of being stuck and locked in is something that can be related to easily for most people I’m sure, in one way or another.

12 HOUR MINIATHONS – Every Saturday

12 HOUR MINIATHONS – Every Saturday

It is a readathon for 12 hours, nothing more than that! No stress about having to stay awake for extra hours and mess up your sleeping schedule. Each week there will be a different topic/genre which you can follow as a prompt and then we read! You can read physical copies or ebooks, or listen to audiobooks. The books could be graphic novels, full chunky marathon books, or collections of short, or shorter stories. It is all completely up to you! A group chat will be made each week for those who want to be involved to share updates, posts, stories, motivation etc. If you do not wish to be added to a group chat then you are free to just take part using the hashtag!

Shebaa’s Adventure to Jopplety How – A Concrete Youth Production

Shebaa’s Adventure to Jopplety How – A Concrete Youth Production

Concrete Youth are a Hull-based theatre company aiming to give those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) a chance at viewing exceptional theatre where perhaps your "standard" show would lapse. By creating inclusive storytelling and a multi-sensory experience for their audiences, their productions are lovable, warm, enjoyable for all. Last year I went along to view their debut show at Hull New Theatre and it was clear that everyone in the audience, those with and without PMLD, loved every second of the show leaving the theatre with a real sense of peace and pure joy. Today however, I am here to review the story of Shebaa and her adventures to find the Wisdom Cow! "Shebaa The Sheep has never had any wool! She spends her days feeling different from all of the other sheep in her herd and it makes her feel very sad. After finding a book at her local library, Shebaa goes on a quest to meet the world’s most intelligent and wise creature in all of the land; The Wisdom Cow of Jopplety How in the hope that he can grant her one wish, to have a coat of wool her lamb friends would envy. Join Shebaa as she goes on an adventure, meets other furry friends on the way and learns that there are differences in the most unlikely of places."