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Must be Monday – NaNoWriMo Week Two

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Well, here we are, eleven days into NaNoWriMo (ten at the time of writing, I’m actually procrastinating just by writing this post because right now I have about two thousand off words to write tonight to keep on track and for some reason this past week I have turned into the worse kind of procrastinator) and I’m behind. Usually, I do tend to fall behind a little but am on track most of the time, not so this year it seems although I did exceed my daily goal a few times. I’m finding it harder as I have less free time to write this year. For the past two years, I’ve been able to get away to the library for a couple of hours or so to focus on writing with fewer distractions and I’ve had more time alone while my little man was at his childminders etc but now he’s only at school for a couple of hours a day and as a result I’m obviously getting much less done.

To combat this I’m trying to get up earlier in the morning to try and write instead of messing around on my phone and scrolling through Twitter for ages. I tend to write better in the morning more than any other time so I’m hoping this will make me much more productive and if need be I can just go to bed earlier which seems to be happening anyway as it’s getting darker earlier.

Story-wise I have a good vague idea of what I’m doing with it and where it’s going down to the exact scenes for up to eleven chapters of which I’m currently meant to be writing the beginning of six. I’m a little unsure what exactly will happen in the last third of the book but I have an end goal which is a start it’s just mapping out the scenes I need to do but I’ve realised in my time as a DM for Dungeons and Dragons that it’s probably better to have a rough idea now and refine it a little further down the line.

I hope if you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo at the moment, or any other project really that you’re getting on well and still enjoying it. Let me know in the comments what you’re up to!

Now, I’m going to go back to watching Star Wars and pretending it’s purely for writing inspiration.

It is!

Honest.

Mostly.

Update: I did continue to watch Star Wars but I did also write another one thousand words and I’ve already written another 400 this morning putting my total at 15667 words. To be on track I’m meant to reach 18337, just a measly 2670 words to get me back on top right? I mean I’ve done it before? Fingers crossed!

New Update five minutes before post goes live: I have a splitting headache and feeling really nauseous. Pray for me.

 

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Must be Monday – Inktober Week 3

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I somehow both can’t believe we’re into week three of Inktober: Writers Edition but equally, I’m really starting to flag a little now. Especially as I’ve been starting prep for NaNoWriMo next month which is A LOT of work. I’ve succeeded with the 50k goal for the past two years and I want this year to be no exception so I’m trying to make sure I’m as ready as I can be as I had a lot more free time last year! Still, we’re not there yet so without further ado I present days 15-21 of the Inktober 2019: Writer Edition challenge.

15.Legend

“You’re sure this is the place?” Zeke grunted.

“Yes,” sighed Zara.
“It’s just a ring of mushrooms”
“I know what I saw. We just have to wait.”

“We’ve been here for hours and…” Zeke paused, mouth hanging open as seven fae dragons materialised in the circle and began to sing.

16.Wild

Tig circled the Tiefling girl, growling. Injured or not she refused to become prey but was finding it hard to concentrate with all the blood she was losing from the wound in her gut. She readied herself to strike just as the girl called out. 

“Would you like some tea?” 

17.Ornament
“Why do you keep so much junk?” David groans, grabbing another dusty box from the back of the attic space.

“I don’t like to throw things away” Lara protests.

“Even this?” David holds up an old, stained teapot, rubbing at a stubborn spot. 

“You have wishes three” A voice booms. 

18.Misfit 

Closing her eyes and gathering her power it felt as if the universe pulled at her, the entire cosmos bearing down, the gravitational force of hundreds of planets, the heat of a trillion stars. She pulled at the threads within and let them escape in a torrent of defiant force. 

19.Sling 

“You broke my arm!” Lore exclaimed as Clair nearly tied off the sling she’d hastily made from her scarf. 

“You shouldn’t have kissed me!” She yelled, tugging a little harder than perhaps she needed too. Lore hissed and gritted his teeth.

“I thought you wanted me to!”

“I’m ENGAGED!” 

“Oh.”

20.Tread
“The tracks lead this way.” Zara nodded forwards. 

“Into the dark spooky forest?” Zeke asked, fear clear in his voice. 

“Yes,” she huffed, “He’s your friend, don’t you want to make sure he’s okay?” 

“Of course. But does it absolutely have to be this way?” 

Zara sighed dragging him along.

21.Treasure 
Lucien sat with an ornate box, resting it on his lap before opening it and gazing at the contents inside, a leather bracelet with a crescent moon charm, his first real birthday gift from his little sister. His courage found at last, he replaced it and went to rescue her. 

 

Huge thank you to both Feline Trickster for this AMAZING art of Lucien and Anissa and to my in-game sister Alaina (Anissa) for letting me use it for this piece.

Just one more week left to go now. I’m determined to see this through AND be ready for NaNoWriMo as well as keeping up with my normal blogging too. I think I might need some luck! I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for my weekly review, this week it’s Finding Home Vol. Two: The Healer and it is a doozy.

 

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The 100 Truths Tag

So I’ve been a little out of touch with my blogging lately, little man starting school has really thrown me out of the loop with a lot of things and my blogging and reading is something that’s taken a bit of a hit. I’ve gone from having scheduled posts or at least ideas/rough ideas for posts weeks in advance to sneaking in a bit of blogging and reading in the small moments I can get and I’m sure it’ll balance out eventually, it just might take some time. Today I decided to do a tag that’s been sitting in my drafts since about last year but I hadn’t got around to doing which is the 100 truths tag about myself. I saved it initially because it reminded me of those silly long questionnaires we used to do on MySpace back in the day so I hope you enjoy finding out a little more about me.

The 100 Truths Tag:

1. What is Your Name?

Jemma

2. Any Nicknames or Aliases?

Not hugely unless you count Mum from my little man, when I played a lot of WoW people knew me only by my character name which was Evvee. I still get called Jem sometimes which is cool too, I’m not hugely fussed.

3. Your Gender

Female – she/her pronouns.

4. Your Star Sign?

Capricorn and yes I’m as grumpy and controlling as the best of them.

5. How Old Are You?

29 – I honestly feel like I’ve been thirty forever now.

6. Your Relationship Status?

Married for six years as of a couple of weeks ago.

7. Any Children?

Just my little man, the fact he’s at school now is crazy.

8. Any Pets?

Jiji, my void familiar. (Black cat).

9. Any Tattoos/Piercings?

Four ear piercings (have also had nose pierced twice), five tattos but would love a couple more.

10. What Do You Like About Yourself?

 

11. What Do You Dislike About Yourself?

I’m hella clumsy despite being hyper-aware of my surroundings, I’m really bad at most kinds of social interaction, and often say stupid things or talk too much. I’m fickle and am quick to anger or upset.

12. Right or Left?

Right handed.

LASTS:

13. The Last Thing You Drank:

Apple and Blackcurrant squash.

14. The Last Thing You Ate?

Curry for dinner last night.

15. Your Last Phone Call:

According to my phone, it was my father in law!

16. Your Last Text Message:

From the husband apologising for forgetting to pick up a lasagne from work for the fourth day running.

17. Your Last E-Mail:

From Feline Trickster via Pateron with some awesome progress of two new prints she’s working on!

18. The Last Song You Listened To:

Well, I’m currently listening to “Hold me Tight, or don’t” by Fall Out Boy. Playing D&D tonight so got my Lucien playlist on.

19. The Last Book You Read:

It feels like it’s been so long, I actually had to check! I’m behind on my reading challenge and everything! The last book I read was apparently The Tea Dragon Festival which released this week! You can find my spoiler-free review here.

20. The Last Time You Cried:

Probably a few days ago…

21. The Last Blog You Read:

Cora’s (Tea Party Princess) NEWTS Wrap Up which you can check out here.

22. The Last Person You Spoke To:

My mum. She’s staying the night after playing Dungeons and Dragons with us and chatting while I type.

23. The Last Place You Visited?

Not including the school run twice a day and assuming you don’t mean somewhere mundane like the supermarket then I went to the O2 last Sunday to see Muse in concert.

24. Your Last Holiday Abroad:

A long, long, long time ago I went to Tenerife with my family, I was still in school so it was a fair while ago, I also had my arm in plaster after I badly fractured it which sucked.

HAVE YOU EVER:

25. Got Back With an Ex?

If you count Chris.

26. Been Cheated On?

Yes

27. Cheated On Someone?

Yes

28. Lost Someone Special To You?

Yes

29. Been So Drunk You Threw Up?

No

30. Fallen Out Of Love With Someone?

Yes

31. Met Someone Who Changed You?

Yes

32. Been In A Situation Where You Found Out Who Your Real Friends Are?

Yes.

33. Kissed Someone You Shouldn’t Have?

Yes

34. Found Out People Were Talking About You Behind Your Back?

Yes

35. Broken Someone’s Heart?

Unlikely.

36. Kissed A Stranger?

Yes.

37. Had Your Own Heart Broken?

Yes

38. Had Sex On A First Date?

Yes.

39. Been Arrested?

Yes.

40. Been Attracted To Someone That Isn’t The Gender You Usually Find Attractive?

I’m Pansexual so no, I’m attracted regardless of gender.

41. Done Something You Regret?

Yes

42. Had A Threesome?

Yes.

43. Embarrassed Yourself In Public

Yes

44. Misjudged Someone?

Yes

YOUR BELIEFS AND OPINIONS:

45. Do You Believe In God?

Sometimes something like it, haven’t figured it out yet.

46. Do You Believe In Yourself?

Occasionally.

47. Do You Believe In Santa Claus?

No

48. Do You Believe In Ghosts?

No

49. Do You Believe in Aliens?

I believe there are probably other lifeforms out there yes, believing we’re the only ones in the entire universe seems strange and big-headed.

50. Do You Believe In Miracles?

No

51. Do You Believe In The Power of Positive Thinking?

I believe it can help dependant on the situation.

52. Do You Believe In Love At First Sight?

No.

53. Can Money Make You Happy?

Absoloutley. I find a lot of people disagree with me on this and don’t get me wrong you can have money and be miserable as well as not have money and be relatively happy but having enough money to not have to worry about bills or food etc would make me a hell of a lot happier.

54. Would You Describe Yourself As A Feminist?

Yes, I am a person who supports feminism, i.e the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

55. Are You Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

Pro-Choice

56. Do You Have Strong Political Beliefs?

I never thought I did and I’m not smart or eloquent so I try not to talk about them often as I can’t articulate well but it turns out I do.

57. Do You Have Strong Religious Beliefs?

Not all all.

58. What Do You Think The Most Important Thing You Can Give A Child Is?

Love and safety – Keeping Ash’s answer here as it’s perfect.

RIGHT NOW:

59. Are You Eating Anything:

No

60. Are You Drinking Anything:

No.

61. What Are You Listening To:

Season one, episode one of Killjoys

62. What Are You Thinking:

It’s getting late and I should head to bed.

63. What Are You Waiting For:

Good question.

64. What Are You Most Excited For?

Christmas!

65. What’s Your Pet Peeve:

Just one? haha. Being late??

66. What’s Your Favourite Thing:

My family, my kitty, my books and my imagination. – Refusing to pick just one

67. If You Weren’t Answering These Questions What Would You Be Doing?

At this point? Probably housework.

FIRSTS:

68. Best Friend:

Not sure that I have one.

69. Kiss:

When I was 12 I think, some boy I met on holiday in Devon.

70. Celebrity Crush:

I think David Boreanaz from Buffy, swiftly replaced by James Masters as Spike obviously.

71. Holiday:

The first one I remember was our first family holiday to Dawlish in Devon, we stayed in a four story townhouse and I felt like a princess because I got to sleep in the room on the top floor (I was the only one who didn’t mind doing all those stairs every day).

72. Pet:

We had so many cats and rabbits and guinea pigs etc when I was younger but I guess my first pet would technically be Jack the Jack Russel who was born the same day as me or maybe our tabby cat Loki who was the first pet I owned myself.

73. Regret:

First regret? Who knows! Probably dropping that log on my foot on my first day of school and breaking two of toes?

74. Job:

I worked in a Morrisons cafe and it was fairly crappy but honestly a job I wouldn’t mind so much now.

75. Childhood Memory:

I don’t know how young I was, older than two though as my brother was a little baby and I’m two years older than him. I remember our car breaking down on a hill and everything getting out to push and I was sad I wasn’t allowed to help.

WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE:

76. Love or Money?

Love

77. Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook – purely because I use it to talk to my friends more.  I do love Twitter though.

78. Hook-Up or Relationship?

Relationship

79. Dogs or Cats?

Cats

80. Coffee or Tea?

Hot Chocolate.

81. Beer or Wine?

Coconut rum.

82. Sweet or Savoury?

Sweet

83. Introvert or Extrovert?

Introvert

84. Vampires or Werewolves?

Vampires

85. Seaside or Countryside?

Seaside

86. Summer or Winter?

Winter

87. Books or Movies?

Books

88. Horror or Comedy?

Comedy.

RANDOM:

89. Do You Wish You Could Change The Past?

Yes

90. Dream Job:

Book seller.

91. Guilty Pleasure:

The Vampire Diaries. I am absolute trash.

92. What Are You Afraid Of?

Falling and failing.

93. What Was The First Thing You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up?

A journalist, Xena or a mermaid.

94. If You Could Have Any Superpower, What Would It Be?

To be able to control time.

95. If You Could Change Anything About Your Life What Would It Be?

Having more money.

96. Would You Want Immortality?

No.

97. If You Could Interview Anyone Alive or Dead, Who Would You Choose?

Would saying Jay Kristoff be predictable?

98. Would You Say You Are Happy?

On a day to day basis, yes for the most part.

99. What Piece of Advice Would You Give Yourself at Age 18?

Save up, learn to drive, eat better, work out more, find a better job.

100. Where Would You Like To Be In Five Years Time?

Happy and healthy, I’d like to have lost some weight and have a job again.

So now you’ve found out about me tell me one fact about yourself! I won’t tag anyone in particular but if you’d like to do it, as always, consider yourself tagged!

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WWW Wednesday July 3rd

img_6935It’s somehow been a fortnight already?! Time for WWW Wednesday!

If you want to join in with WWW don’t forget to send over a big thank you to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for keeping WWW alive and kicking.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Heartstream by Tom Pollock
I took a break from the dystopian anthology I’ve been reading (Wastelands: The New Apocolypse edited by John Joseph Adams) to jump headfirst into this new YA thriller by Tom Pollock. I hadn’t previously read anything by Tom but the premise sounded intriguing and I’ve been thirsting for a good thriller again already after cutting my teeth on A Good Girls Guide to Murder and then The Girl in Red a bit more recently (I’m also noticing a certain colour aesthetic it seems.) I’m already just under 200 pages through despite starting it just last night and I can’t wait to see just where it goes.

What did you recently finish reading?

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
I ended up really enjoying this despite the amount of time it took me to actually get through (6 months) it was worth it though and the audiobook being narrated by James Masters was a bonus. You can check out my spoiler-free review here.

The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
This was such a lovely sweet book, I found it a little predictable but enjoyed it no less for it. Heartwarming and lovely. Review coming soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?

X-Men: Days of Future Past by Alex Irvine
I’m really feeling in the superheroes with powers mood at the moment and I particularly love the X-Men, I put this one off for a little longer than I planned but excited to finally get to it now.

My full TBR for July will be up tomorrow and it’s huge for me and I think probably a bit too ambitious but we’ll see. What have you been reading lately?

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Why I am Weird Tag

So my original Thursday post I had planned for today is taking a HECK of a lot longer than I thought it would, I was just wondering what I would post instead when one of my favourite bloggers/Twitter friends tagged me in this awesome top ten Thursday tag. You can chceck out Delly’s post here.

“Why I am Weird” Tag rules

  • List ten weird things about yourself, your life or silly habits that you wouldn’t normally share.
  • Tag up to ten people so you can get to know them better.
  • Link back to the person who tagged you & the creator
  • Comment on the posts of people you tagged!

Why I am Weird

  • I LOVE to sing and if I don’t do so on a regular occasion I get super grumpy. I especially love Disney songs, being able to name a huge amount of them within a couple of bars is my special skill.
  • I taught myself to swim like a mermaid when I was little and my nan paid for me to go to swimming lessons to learn to swim properly. I adore swimming and I also don’t have to put in any effort at all to tread water, I just float.
  • There are certain lines from films, tv shows and video games that can reduce me to tears almost instantly. These include (but are not limited to) “Goodnight Raggedy Man” from Doctor Who, “Had to be me, someone else might have gotten it wrong” from Mass Effect 3 and “You were my new dream” from Tangled.
  • I don’t drink tea or coffee and I very very rarely drink hot chocolate, I also really dislike any kind of fizzy drinks. I mostly just drink squash and the occasional glass of milk.
  • I play Dungeons and Dragons. Like…A LOT of Dungeons and Dragons. I love all of my characters with their extensive backstories and have playlists for almost of all of them.
  • I can get a little obsessive with some fictional characters – not in a way I think would be considered creepy or anything but I will quite often fall into the never-ending hole of YouTube edits. My go-to videos at the moment are usually Reylo, Mon El from Supergirl, Garrus from Mass Effect, Merlin (and Arthur if I really want to hurt) almost any Shadowhunters ones and the occasional Killjoys ones. I used to listen to music and imagine what videos I’d make to the songs and I finally got around to making my own one this year which I’m super proud of (It’s a Killjoys one if you wanted to check it out here)
  • I have to have at least a rough plan of what I’m doing for the day or I get stressed out/unmotivated. I love lists and I hate cancelled plans even if I maybe didn’t want to go.

  • I have to do things a certain way or I get stressed out and anxious. For example, I have to turn the lights off in the flat a certain way or I worry they’ll explode and I always brush my teeth the exact same way for the same amount of time. I also got so upset about our airer being wonky that I cried.
  • I used to be absolutely terrified of cows.
  • I have broken every single of one of my toes and fingers at least once as well as both of my arms (almost exactly a year apart).

So there you have it, ten weird facts about me. Feel like sharing ten weird facts about yourself? Then consider yourself tagged! Link back to me and don’t foget to credit Delly for creating the tag if you do so! I can’t wait to learn more about you!

 

 

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Once and Future

36233085Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

Rating: XXXXX

Published: March 26th by Rock the Boat

“So tell me, forty second King Arthur, do you believe your fate is to unite humankind?”

“My fate…” Ari gasped, “…is mine.”

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

So this is the part where I usually quite calmly talk about how I discovered this book (I was stalking the Rock the Boat Twitter feed for news about Aurora Rising arcs) what interested me about and made me want to read it (all of the things) and occasionally how and where I received it from (drooling over it via Twitter, thank you so much to the lovely people at Rock the Boat for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review) but honestly I just want to yell SWORDS, JOUSTING, SPACESHIPS, STRONG QUEER WOMEN, TEENAGE MERLIN, GORGEOUS FLUIDS AND NON BINARIES, MAGIC, ANGST, SEXUAL TENSION AND DID I MENTION THIS IS MOSTLY SET IN SPACE BECAUSE YES.

I’m genuinely not sure where to start with this review because as I suspected this is a book I really want to scream and shout about. The characters are all so unique and different with different strengths and beautifully tragic flaws. On the back of my arc copy one of the things this book is likened to is Mass Effect (my favourite game series) and I can totally get behind that because Ari and her ‘knights’ feel like an amazing, dysfunctional family in much the same way as the crew of the Normandy in that they all have their own goals and most of the time those goals line up but not always and that can make things messy, especially when you know each other but you’re not really sure you know them enough to trust them as much as you should. The differing interactions between the characters here feel just the right kinds of tense and it really gives weight to those moments.

I hate to say it so bluntly but this book is hot. Honestly, there are some fantastic moments that pretty much took my breath away but without being crude or even bordering on erotica. I love that pretty much everyone is a little “thirsty” because honestly they’re all beautiful and fairly confident with their sexualities and there isn’t much of any pussyfooting around these moments apart from one AMAZING almost kiss that blew me away. I’m obviously not saying that everyone needs to be like this in their day to day lives but there is certainly something very liberating and refreshing about how comfortable these kind of moments we see in this book are.

While on the topic of sexuality one of my favourite things about this book is how diverse it is, the main character is pansexual and as someone who is pan themselves I cannot explain how pleased I am and how much it means to me to see this kind of rep as we’re often just lumped into gay/straight/bisexual and it’s exhausting, we’ve been totally spoiled with Ari, she’s such an interesting, complex bad-ass and I’m honestly pretty much in love with her myself. Not only do we have a wide range of sexualities it’s also not made a huge deal out of and it isn’t used as any kind of plot point, they just are because that’s how real life works. This book is chock full of amazing characters that are gay, pan, straight, disabled, fluid, cis, non-binary, black, aromantic, mixed heritage, lanky, muscley and curvy and it really makes me yearn for something like this kind of acceptance for all – just without the evil mega-corporation, please.

I immensely enjoyed that Once and Future is not only a kind of parallel of sorts to the King Arthur tale but it also manages to completely turn it on its head and look at from different perspectives. I know the story of Arthur, Merlin, Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table is something that has been done and done and done again but honestly, you will never find another story like this, it feels so fresh and unique, not just because of the gender twist but the heart of the story just feels so very new.

The plot is an absolute ride, although I do think there are certainly some pacing issues and moments where I found myself thinking, “huh…what…how did we get here? How did this happen? Did I miss something?” as well as feeling like there were a few plot holes here and there but having spoken to Amy and Cori, I’m told there were A LOT of copy edits due to the ARCs needing to be done and sent out so early so I’m really looking forward to having another read through when my finished copy arrives today (if it hasn’t already because I’m writing to you from the not so distant past) because even WITH the small issues I had I loved this book to the stars and back so I can only imagine how I’ll feel about the complete finished product.

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Once and Future absolutely blew my mind, it riled me up, it crushed my heart then it brought me back, shoved a sword in my hand and it told me to go save the world.

Once and Future is out RIGHT NOW and just in case you hadn’t already preordered it or ordered it today then may I just say again…SWORDS, JOUSTING, SPACESHIPS, STRONG QUEER WOMEN, TEENAGE MERLIN, GORGEOUS FLUIDS AND NON BINARIES, MAGIC, ANGST, SEXUAL TENSION AND DID I MENTION THIS IS MOSTLY SET IN SPACE BECAUSE YES.

 

 

 

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The Quiet at the End of the World

32716442The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James

Rating: XXXXX

Published: March 7th by Walker books

“We live in the quiet at the end of the world. The slow winding-down clockwork motions before life stops completely. Time is slipping through our fingers.

How far would you go to save those you love?
Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion.

Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .

I’ve been SO excited about this book! Since Lauren revealed her next book would be about the two youngest people left alive on earth I was already intrigued and then as we got more and more information this easily became one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I was lucky enough to be gifted an early finished copy from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review and I genuinely screamed a little when I opened a package and found this gorgeous book inside. Reader, you will not be shocked I think, to hear that I was certainly not disappointed by any means and I will do my best to keep this review as coherent as possible, I promise.

The Quiet at the end of the World is a stand-alone story, so although I recommend Lauren’s other books (especially the Loneliest Girl in the Universe) you don’t need to have read them to enjoy this book and not connected to each other (at least in anyway that seems apparent at the moment) so don’t worry if this is your first Lauren James book!

The Quiet at the End of the World features a one-page prologue and if I had needed any more persuasion to read this book this would have absolutely tipped me over the edge. It’s simple yet super effective and quintessentially a style I have become to identify as Laurens. The rest of the book itself is paced exceedingly well, moments that might have otherwise been a little quiet and slower paced, like the beginning are sprinkled with great pieces of information to help you create this eerie, mostly abandoned and degraded vision of London that main characters Lowrie and Shen inhabit as what their day to day life consists of and what it means for them and the people around them. The book only continues to up the pace as the story unfolds and let me tell you it is a wild ride!! The plot is so cleverly put together, filled with breadcrumbs and questions and more mysteries but in true Lauren James fashion, even when I thought I knew where everything was going she STILL managed to pull a fast one on me and knock me for six. Unfortunately for me, this happened at one in the morning when I had decided to just read one more chapter, I nearly gave my poor husband a heart attack and didn’t sleep until the sun was already starting to peek through the bedroom curtains.

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Somehow it just manages to get even better from there and although there are some slower moments here and there for you to catch your breath they are, again filled with brilliant and useful information in the form of social media posts from Maya and Riz who I would also consider main characters in this book and to me, every bit as important as Lowrie and Shen. Not going to lie, I’m dreading the thought of anyone ever going back to look at my social media posts, heck I wrote them and even I hate going back over them sometimes!

The characters in Quiet felt so memorable and real, like most of the other information in this book it felt organic as we learnt so much about everyone. Although Lowrie and Shen are probably considered the main characters, as above I would argue that Maya and Riz are equally important and I felt that I knew them almost as well as Lowrie and Shen to some degree. There’s also Mitch the bot who is honestly the loveliest, sweetest thing and I love him to pieces despite his seemingly limited mode of communication which I think is Quiet possibly one of my favourite things in the book, it was done so well and although Mitch cannot communicate with words, Lauren has done a brilliant job at having his personality shine through regardless. There is, as expected a little romance in this book and it didn’t overly bother me as it felt so natural, I enjoyed the relationships that were present with or without the romantic element and although one or two times I did feel that I definitely read those bits faster on occasion to get back to the “main story” I still enjoyed them. Lauren has a gift for creating great connections and wholesome, healthy relationships that I will never get sick of.

This book made me cry, it made me laugh and it made me yell uncontrollably at 1am and I would absolutely do it all over again. I would say I wish it was longer as I read it in under forty-eight hours but I think it was honestly a perfect length, I will definitely have to read it again at least a few times and I cannot wait to do so. Lauren James is both an evil genius and a wizard with the spell she weaves with her newest book, it’s essentially a dystopia but it’s so full of warmth, love and light, a book that sounds like it should make you feel hopeless and impossibly small instead inspires hope and a greater sense of worth and your place in the world and the legacy of the human race. The Quiet at the End of the World is classed as a Young Adult book but I think it could appeal to any age group who feels comfortable with the subject, there is a lot of reflection and contemplation that can be done about the human race and its future as well as what exactly makes us human which I think could lead to some great discussions and certainly makes one reflect on themselves and future generations. The Quiet at the End of the World is out Thursday March 7th and defintley well worth checking out!

Stay tuned for all things Quiet at the end of the World this week, already lined up I have a special Q&A with author Lauren James, coverage of the Quiz at the end of the world event and a book talk video. I’m so excited I’ve even whipped up a mood board below for the occasion.

Are you excited to read The Quiet at the End of the World? Have you checked out any of Lauren’s other books? What would you do if you were one of the yongest people left alive on earth?

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