Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

Have you ever read a book and admired the protagonist, wielding some heavy weapon like it’s a feather or bravely inciting a dangerous revolution and just thought “wow I’d have died about forty times by now“? Because that’s how I feel reading most all books.

I’d be reading about a character getting shot, stabbed, or falling of a cliff and then picking themselves up to continue their daring escape, all the while I’m curled up under my duvet because a fly buzzed too close to my ear and I’m convinced it’s a wasp. (Totally not a true story… at all…). Lets just say my housemates deal with a lot of false alarms.

As you can imagine there are a tonne of bookish worlds I wouldn’t want to live in.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

1. Harry Potter, when it gets dark and creepy

Who would not want to live in the Harry Potter world? Riding eagle-horse things? Having a legit reason to billow around in a cloak? Eating under magical floating candles? Other than the odd bit of candle wax in your food, that sounds pretty great. But towards the end of the series things get a little scary and, although this makes for an entertaining read, I’m going to pass on this one.

2. How to Stop Time

At first I thought the premise of this novel, living for ages, was really cool- I mean, the protagonists gets to meet F. Scott Fitzgerald and Shakespear! I was only slightly disappointed he didn’t greet Fitzgerald with “How are you, old sport“. But, turns out, this novel has the same point as a 90s pop song and basically asks if I’d really want to live forever and on reflection, thats a no.

3. The Hunger Games et al.

Lets tick off some obvious dystopian novels. If it was ever in any doubt, no I am not the next Katniss Everdeen, Tris or the like. I might be able to be a Prim, but a little more selfish. And Buttercup would need to be a dog. I struggle with simple things, like eating my weekly piece of veg, there’s no way I’m going to be the last bastion of humanity any time soon.

4. The Fifth Wave

Speaking of the last bastion of humanity lets look at Cassie and friends who literally become the last humans on Earth. Mostly through dumb luck, granted, but they all end up pretty tough. I consider myself more of a Snow White kind of gal so I’d probably be hiding in a woodland retreat somewhere, hoping the whole hostile take over of the world would slip me by while I sing to birds and make them clean my room.

5. The Fandom by Anna Day

I would not like Violet’s little predicament of falling into her favourite dystopian story. I get that Violet comes back all self discovered and confident, but if I fell into the plot of the Gallows Dance and made it back I’d probably never leave the house again.

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6. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Miraji is ripe with poverty, lacking in human rights and everyone’s thirsty all the time. Also I imagine they’re all pretty hungry too and I get quite hangry so I think it’s best for everyone that I steer clear of this world.

7. Skulduggery Pleasant

I would totally be ok with having a magical ability like being able to fly or throw fireballs, but fighting the bad guys? Can I just wait in the Bentley?

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

As much as I loved this novel I could not live in a time when my one aim in life is to get married. For one thing, I can’t dance, cook or clean and don’t even get me started on sock darning….

9. The Mortal Instruments

I was the kid in reception who got more glue on themselves than on their paper collages. I’m hopelessly unartistic and the best thing I’ve ever managed to draw on myself is a wonky smile face. Ask me to draw a rune on my ow-so-bulging (lol no) bicep, and I’d probably end up with the rune for constipation instead of confidence or whatever.

10. The Exact Opposite of Okay

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I actually reached the full 10 😮 Finishing my degree last Friday probably helped here, a lot.

Which of these ten worlds do you think would suck the most? If you took part in TTT then I’d love to read your list, if not then feel free to have a chat anyway!

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Character Names

Hello and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday- this time about character names. Hope you’ve had a good week, my last ever exam is on the 25th and then I’m done with uni! So excited for the freedom!But while I’m counting down the days, here’s another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

But while I’m counting down the days, here’s another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

I find my name totally boring (it’s Hannah and, living in England, I’ve always been one of about a million Hannahs, it’s a very common name over here) so I really like the obscure, pretty names in YA. Or the cool nicknames. Here’s my list

1. Cassie from the Fifth Wave

Cassie’s full name was actually Cassiopeia. Like the constellation of stars? Very cool. I remember in the very beginning of The Fifth Wave the thing she says is most unusual about her is her name, shortened to something quite common but actually unusual, and that her tongue can touch the tip of her nose. I also have the unusal tongue ability but was very envious of her pretty name and it’s nice shortening.

2. Cat from Cat Royal

I really like the name Cat. The main character in my WIP is actually called Kat, although this may have to change due to the large number of literary heroines called Kat. Cat’s full name is actually Catherine Royal. Her surname is Royal after the Royal theatre in Dury Lane where she was abandoned as a baby in 18th century London and subsequently grew up. Not only did I love this spunky heroine as a kid but her name is awsome.

3. Skulduggery from Skulduggery Pleasant

In the Skulduggery Pleasant series names are a big thing- you have your true name, you randomly take on a pseudonym for reasons I can’t remember, you have your real name- it’s all very confusing. Throughout the series you have to get used to Valkyrie being called by about 5 different names. But this does mean all the character have brilliant names that sum up them! My favourite of which is Skulduggery Pleasant, our witty, clever, skeletal hero whose name is just brilliant.

4. Sticky from The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society is a book about a group of kids who are sent to a prep school for the gifted which has something other than maths test going on. They help uncover the secret the school are trying to hide without giving away their identities or that their passing information back to their spymaster, Mr Benedict. George “Sticky” Washington (don’t ask me why he was called that, I can’t remember at all) summed up this character perfectly. He had photographic memory and was very smart, named Sticky because everything “sticks” in his head. A great name for this nervous character.

5. Max from Maximum Ride

Maximum is an awful name. I don’t like it at all. But Max Ride is a really cool shortening and surname. It completely fits for the battle hardened flock leader, a genetically mutated teenage girl with wings who attempts to stop the genetics research plant that created her from continuing their experiments.

6. Starr from The Hate U Give

Have I mentioned I loved everything about The Hate U Give? Because I did. And Starr, the down to earth girl discovering the injustices of her world, was a brilliant heroine. Names are a bit of a theme in this novel, I vaguely remember a bit where Big Mav tells Starr about how he carefully picked each of his kids names and when they’re in the car at the end Chris asks about all of there names and how unfamiliar they are to him. Either way, I really like the name Starr and I think it was the perfect fit for this heroine.

So there you have it, the names I really enjoyed in some books and what there meaning was. Have you read any of these books? What are your favourite literary names? Would be great to hear from you guys in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked but Am Really Glad I Read

Hello! Hope you’ve had a good week! Mine has been tough given I’m in the middle of exam and coursework season and have to present my dissertation on Thursday :O You’ll not be surprised to know this post is scheduled…. Anyway this is Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This is actually a really tough topic for me. I’m usually glad I read every book I read, even if it sucked, just because I can always get something out of it. However there are an obvious few books that I really didn’t enjoy:

1. Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila was a really tough read for me. It was just super boring and the characters were quite flat. It wasn’t an awful book by any stretch, just a bit naff, and I suspect I read it at a bad point in time- it was the middle of semester and I need really gripping books to hook me in because reading doesn’t naturally fit into my daily routine when I’m at uni. But I persevered and managed to get to the end (phew). I had a large amount of overdue library debt afterwards because I forgot to return the thing, but I still got to the end and I’m actually pretty proud of that one. Ever had a read like that?

2. Emma by Jane Austen

I knew I wouldn’t like Emma. The book was about a girl who didn’t want to get married and valued her independence discovering she did want to get married after all. It was boring, the print was small and dense, the language was old and boring and, for goodness sake, nothing ever happened! It was not my favourite read. So why did I attempt this? Why does it sit on a list of books I don’t regret reading? Here’s why:

I have a couple of friends who are a bit snooty about the books they read. They consider their books better or more intellectual because they’re harder to read. They claim that I’m able to read as many books as I do because they’re simple and not intellectually challenging at all **sigh** I could go on forever but back to the point. Every now and then I like to push myself out of my book comfort zone. Force myself to not be one of those people who judges a genre or area of books without having read any. Emma was one of my attempts at this. I am glad I read Emma because its nothing I would ever read normally, so when people belittle my own personal favourites I can explain that I tried theirs and just prefer the books I read.

3. Maximum Ride the Final Warning by James Patterson

I loved the first three Max Ride books. They are fast pace, full of action, wit and excitement. I raced through all three of them in a week during the first year of my GCSEs and I have no regrets. But then I did a risky move- I read the fourth book in series that was meant to be a trilogy. Suffice to say, it didn’t pay off. The Final Warning was not good. It was all about global warming and stuff and was all just a bit random and preachy. So why am I glad I read it? Because sometimes I just need to know what I’m missing. Because I can safely walk away from that series comforted that the first three were amazing and never look back. (Although I might have a tincy peak at the rest of the series because I hate not finishing a series.)

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I didn’t outright dislike Wuthering Heights. Its ended up on two of my dislike lists now and I’m starting to feel a bit sorry for it. It’s not a bad book just not one of my favourites. I struggled a little bit with it and to this day have no idea what anything Joseph said actually meant, but I am glad I read it. It’s a story that a lot of people talk about and means a lot to a lot of people. I’ve already chatted to people about this on Twitter (and I don’t chat to that many people on Twitter so this is rare). I guess I just like to be in the loop (the 1800s loop?) which is why I don’t regret reading this book.

5. Animal Farm by George Orwell

We’ve got a bit of a classics theme going on here… I maybe read this one a bit too young but wasn’t a big fan, however I’ve enjoyed talking somewhat intellectually about it over the years.

So there you have it! My list! Did you do this topic? Would love to check out you list! Pop it in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With My Favourite Colour On the Cover

Oooh this is a fickle one! I’ve taken a break from the joys of coursework to write another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I say coursework- I attended a really fun ball last night and I’m attending a boat ball (because my uni is on the coast) with a friend from home tomorrow night 😍 is balling season again at my uni!

Anyway, back to the actual topic, and it’s all about judging books by their covers. Or at least ranking books by their cover. My favourite colour is purple so this list shouldn’t be too hard since it’s pretty common in the book world!

1. Mirror Dreams by Catherine Webb

So you know when bookworms are asked what their favourite book is? And they often have to think about it or say it changes a lot? This doesn’t happen to me. I have an undoubted favourite book (or at least I did, I haven’t actually read it for a few years now since the pages started falling out from serious over reading, but I remember loving it and reading it often).

It’s a story about a mage living in the realm we go to when we dream, a world made up of kingdoms based on dreams. So there’s one kingdom for the dream of flying, one for the dream of going to an exam with no clothes, you get the idea. The kingdoms are ruled either by city of dreams – Haven, or the city of nightmares- Nightkeep. The main character, Kite, is in charge of a small kingdom enjoying his retirement from some saving of the world he did in youth when he’s urgently summoned to the city of Haven to foil a Nightkeep take over plan.

Long story short, I love this little niche read that no-ones ever heard of. It’s got a purple cover with some golden dreamy bubbles on. I implore you, dear reader, to please source a copy and give it a go. I loved it and need someone to fangirl with!

2. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

I read this book when I was helping at a residential cricket thing for my Duke of Edinburgh’s award and I remember how powerful it was. Little did I know that I would be diving into his more famous novel, The Kite Runner, four years later on the recommendation of my boyfriend.

And the Mountains Echoed is more of a collection of short stories than a proper tale. It does stem from a boy who trades his shoes for a feather for his sister and how the brutality of war separates them. But it’s about so much more than that. It describes how different characters lives are affected, the reader is introduced to the most horrific but some of the most uplifting tales ever. I remember each little story having such a big impact on me that I could probably re-tell most of them today, five years after actually reading this book.

3. Percy Jackson and the Titans Curse by Rick Riordan

Although not the copy I read, there is a purple copy of this book out there. And hey, funny story, this was the first Percy Jackson I ever picked up. I know what you’re thinking: why on earth didn’t I start with the first one in the series?! Percy Jackson was one of the first book series I picked up when I was just starting to read I didn’t understand that the plots between books were continuous. I had a recommendation from Chloe to read it and I thought I could read them in any old order and it wouldn’t matter. Plus this was the one in my local library at the time. Suffice to say, I was VERY confused upon first reading this novel.

4. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

The version of this I read had a girl with a bird on the cover wearing very purple sleeves with purply hues around her (ok, mostly blue around her but kind of a purple blue…) but there is a legit very purple edition so I’m definitely counting it! This book was the first Jodi Picoult I picked up on recommendation of my friend (and the fact that there was a copy in the boarding house at my school hehe).

It’s a book about a family who deal with the youngest girl having brittle bone disorder. The family are strapped for cash when the mother realises she can sue her best friend and doctor for not saying her daughter would be born with brittle bone, claiming that, had she known, she’d have aborted the baby. Pretty grim stuff. Anyway I wouldn’t say this was an amazing book- it’s well written but is a bit heavy, as with all of Jodi Picoult’s stuff and probably not really my sort of thing anyway. But if you’re a Picoult fan and love that real life nitty gritty stuff then by all means go for it!

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Oh yes. The half chewed, dog eared copy of this that has been well thumbed by my family members (it’s also a first edition I think so be jealous) definitely has a big purple banner across the top proclaiming Harry’s name. I’m sure we all know the plot, and can agree that this is one of the best of the Potters (were there really any bad ones though?). Like all the Harry Potter’s it was a hand me down from my brother and one I raced through in about a week when I was younger. And a week was quick for me at this point because I was not born a fast reader!

So there you have it! Some fantastic books I’ve loved all with some shade of purple on the front! What’s your favourite colour? Have you got a similar post to this on your blog, for this TTT? Read any of the books I’ve described above? As always, would be great to hear from you guys!

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

I believe money and guns get you a lot further in a war than magic these days. – Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Rebel of the Sands is fast pace, full of action, excitement and, of course, rebellion. Very well written and perfect to engage any YA reader who is struggling to find a book that really grabs their attention.

For me, the quote above really sums up the book. Also, it’s ironic and I love irony.

In this novel we follow the dessert hardened Amani as she leaps from trains, grabs passing magical horses and shoots impossible shots of bottles off walls all in her desperate attempt to be free of her run down, boring town of a home, Dustwalk. She’s a gun slinging protagonist I can really get behind.

Alwyn Hamiliton is an amazing writer. The book captured me from the start and I’d finished it in a matter of days. If you’re in a reading slump and just need something to get you back into books again then I recommend this (I also recommend it if you’re not in a slump, because it’s amazing). It’s fast pace, quick, and you’ll be glad to know the romance isn’t the entirety of the plot. 100% love triangle free.

The premise isn’t exactly new. There’s an awful regime in charge, a strong, teen, female protagonist and an unbelievably good looking love interest. Ok it’s a bit familiar to Katniss, Tris and the rest of the line up. BUT it is done well. It’s got it’s own spin- there’s a dessert and magic and, as far as I can tell, there’s been no collapse of civilisation as we know it so it’s not dystopian. Maybe it’s following the set formula of a YA novel for today’s readers, but it’s a pretty good formula.

The plot to this novel hits the sweet spot of fast pace action and slower scenes. Although the book goes from chase scenes to fight scenes and back again I didn’t feel like it was too packed together. I was able to appreciate Amani’s thoughts, the world building and the character development that was occurring as Amani first stepped out into the real world.

Looking back, I’m surprised that the novel encompasses the explanation of a whole fantasy world, a wicked ruler, novel magic system, Amani’s past and Amani’s daring escape all in this short novel. It may be packed but it’s definitely doesn’t feel rushed.

Amani and Jin, who the plot revolves around, both start as strong characters who trust no-one and need no-one. It’s only when they are flung together that they start to realise that there’s safety in numbers and this character development further embellishes the plot. I found it easy to get behind this  and Amani’s slow trust of Jin makes the plot twists even more powerful and unexpected.

If you’re a fan of dystopians or fantasy YA I suspect this novel will be right up your street. A definite 5 stars from me.

But what about you? Have any of you read it and did you enjoy it? If you haven’t read it, what are you reading? Thanks for taking the time to read my review!

The Deceptive Blurb

You may (or may not) have noticed that I write my own spoiler free summaries for the books I review, rather than use the ones already written on Goodreads. This isn’t because I think I’m an amazing blurb writer, it’s because I find the pre written ones misleading.

For those of you wondering what a blurb is its the short paragraph at the back cover of the book meant to entice the reader in. A great idea- a short synopsis that sums up the book and helps readers decide if they’d like it. But I find them often misleading and here’s why:

They always push Romance

I understand that a lot of readers are interested in romance and any hint of the stuff will make them pick up a novel, but can they just tag it on the end of the blurb? Not make the book out to be entirely romance?

A book I found to be quite bad for this is The Raven Boys. The premise of the book is four teenagers trying to find and awaken an ancient Welsh king to try and win a favour. Pretty cool idea.

What does the blurb focus on? One of the teenagers will kill their true love with a kiss. It’s barely a side plot in the first book of this series and doesn’t need this massive spot light in the blurb.

Sometimes they Completely fail to Grasp the Book

I don’t know how they manage this but sometimes the blurb doesn’t reflect the book at all. I went to an author talk once where the author mentioned she doesn’t actually write her own blurbs, which made so much sense in some cases.

I’ll give you an example. Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen is a book about a girl who had been raped and is trying to recover from it. The blurb entirely makes it sound like a book about girls falling out and acting very play ground about it, focusing on Annabel’s fall from popularity rather than her recovering from assault- the actual premise of the novel.

Blurbs don’t actually Tell you if you’d like the Book

We’ve all had those novels that scream us on paper, look fantastic on our shelves, sound amazing in the blurb but just…. disappoint? Maybe it’s an annoying main character, cringe worthy humour, snail like pace or the writing style is too descriptive or childish for your tastes. Those books we gear ourselves to love but turn out to be a slog.

Some blurbs are really good at bringing out the book’s style, some are first person from the protagonist and you tell immediately if you’d like them. But it’s hard to portray all these things in just a paragraph and I don’t blame blurbs for not. You have to read the book itself to actually know if you’d enjoy it (I usually flick to the first page and see if I’m gripped or will have a recommendation from a trusted friend or blogger).

I think we’ve all learnt not to put all our faith in that little paragraph on the back.

So there you go. Why I struggle to pick up a book on the blurb alone. How do you decide what to read? What’s your opinon on blurbs? Ever been burnt by the a blurb? Would be great to hear from you 😀

Review: Indigos Dragon by Sofi Croft

‘Dragons don’t die. They just come and go,’ she smiled, ‘and cause chaos either way.’ – Indigos Dragon by Sofi Croft

⭐ ⭐ A short and sweet plot making it a quick read. Lacks details and writing doesn’t feel very fleshed out.

What are the odds that you’ve heard of this one? I met the author (and her baby!) at YALC a few years ago and picked up a signed copy for just £5. She was one of the first authors her publisher, Accent YA, had taken on and this was her big debut. First in the series, it’s a short read at just 188 pages with quite large print. Suffice to say I read the whole thing in a couple of hours.

Indigo is living a far from ordinary life running around hills in the Peak District when a mysterious parcel arrives for him containing his grandfather’s sachet. Inside is a hefty book, bottles and a mysterious looking egg. After magical creatures wreck havoc in his small village, Indigo decides he must go to Poland where his grandparents live. Accompanied only by his diving mad dad and sister, Indigo sets out to discover who he really is.

This book is unusual in that it didn’t really have an antagonist. There is Orava, an old rival of Indigo’s grandfather, who tries to impede Indigos journey slightly but there’s no real bad guy. No big obstacles to overcome, just a narration of Indigos journey to discover the secrets his family keep.

The lack of strife Indigo finds on his way made for a dull read. I didn’t find myself particularly captured by the events of the novel since, although they were unusual, the challenges seemed too easily overcome. Even the mystery of Indigos identity is just given to Indigo by his mother and grandmother, he didn’t really wonder or discover anything for himself.

My main gripe with this book was that it wasn’t very fleshed out. I couldn’t really understand or emphasise with any of the characters because their thoughts and feelings were so often brushed over. Even the descriptions of the beautiful and vivid landscape felt a little… terse. I know the book was short and I can’t exactly be annoyed with the lack of detail but too much happened with too little page time for it to have been fully embellished.

I think this novel does have potential. The premise is interesting, I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end and I liked the elements of family and friendships in this novel. I particularly enjoyed Rue’s character, who appears menacing at first but later becomes a reluctant friend to Indigo. She was a complex character and her motives were often unclear, she seemed to know things that Indigo didn’t and it would have been nice to explore her backstory and opinions more.

I also felt that their was more potential in Orava‘s character that, again, wasn’t shared. As the villain of the tale he didn’t seem to involved and I never really understood what his reasoning was for most of his actions. Some of his actions, like scaring Indigo in the library, seemed a bit pointless.

Overall I would recommend this novel to people looking for short, quick reads. It has potential and needs fleshing out a bit more and will probably not leave a lasting impact on me as a reader, but the story progresses quickly and it’s not a challenging read.

Have you ever read this novel? Or anything similar? Are you excited for YALC this year? Be great to hear from you!

Review: The Fandom by Anna Day

“But if we can’t complete the story, if we can’t go home, we need to think about what sort of life we want to live here.” The Fandom by Anna Day

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ A good plot idea and not challenging making it a pretty quick read. Main character comes across a little younger than her supposed age and friendships are not portrayed in the best of ways in this novel.

The concept of The Fandom is every book lovers dream. Wouldn’t you want to fall into your favourite book with your 2 best friends and become the protagonist? Haven’t we all had the one book crush which we wish was real? This dream becomes a reality for Violet, Gallows Dance enthusiast and massive fan girl.

The plot is pretty self explanatory, but I’ll give you a brief (spoiler free!) overview anyway: Violet, her friends and her tagging along little brother go to comicon to meet the stars of their favourite film, The Gallows Dance when they fall into it’s plot. Violet is forced to become the main character to complete the canon and go home, but things get a little more complicated when she finds herself choosing the rebellion she’s fighting for over the hot love interests she’s supposed to elope with.

Character development is basically the main theme in this book. Violet starts as a love stricken fan girl who seems quite self centred and lacks confidence in herself, but as she progresses through Rose’s story in The Gallows Dance the reader sees her develop into a more heroic character. She gains confidence in herself and starts to actually care about the cause that Rose gave away for a genetically perfected crush. Her character growth was one of the most rewarding parts of this book, making it a sort of coming of age (in the sake of about a week) sort of novel.

The writing style is very simple. I would have preferred more description but overall it’s quite effective, immersing the reader in the story while keeping the book engaging. It is a little repetitive at times, specially when it comes to describing main characters. The reader is often told that Katie has a Scouse accent and that Nate is pixie like, which was a little annoying as the plot progressed.

I also got a little bugged by Violet and her classmates seeming so immature at the beginning of the book. I could have easily believed that Violet was in year 10 throughout the novel but it was a little insulting that she and her class were meant to be in sixth from, given how they acted. Even Violet’s narration was a little immature for a 17 year old, she read more as a 15 year old maximum. Nate, who was meant to be 14, always read as more as a 10 year old also.

This book sells on it’s relatability and I thought it did this pretty well. I found Violet to be relatively realistic character on the whole- not suddenly becoming a superhuman when she became The Gallows Dance’s protagonist and genuinely crying when things go wrong (this would probably be my response to most dystopian novel situations and it’s nice to see that reflected on the page every now and then!). I found Katie to be believable as well, I have friends who are a very similar flavour of down to earth and not at all interested in the books I read, which made Violet’s friendship group dynamic familiar and realistic to me. And Nate was just cute, even if he was more of a ten year old than 14.

But the only character I just couldn’t see was Alice. Violet’s constant jealousy of her from the start made it clear there friendship was not healthy and the author pits them against each other so much. This was the most annoying part about this book- Alice and Violet don’t build each other up, they seem bent on belittling each other. I know their relationship was supposed to be one of the big things that improves and develops throughout the novel but the ‘improvement’ was just too quick, and their friendship had nothing to redeem it. This was the main reason I can’t give this book more than 3 stars.

So, there you have it. My opinions on The Fandom. It’s a plot with a lot of potential but just needed a little better refining. What did you think if you’ve read it? If not, do you think you will? Be great to hear what you guys think in the comments section!