I’ve finished. My chapbook of poetry, Desert Flowers, is complete! I worked so hard on this and spent ages deliberating on everything from the card and paper I used and the thread to bind it, the front cover and of course the poems inside.
I’m super nervous for people to actually read my poems but it feels pretty damn good to have my name in print! If you would like to buy one I’d be eternally grateful, they are £5 a copy and here is a link to my etsy shop where you can buy it!
Thank you and I hope you enjoy my poetry!
The Girls. Emma Cline’s debut novel that has drawn a lot of attention since it was first published back in June of this year. The cover had caught my eye, a photograph I immediately associated with Lana Del Rey and soon found out that the photograph was indeed taken by Neil Krug, who often photographs her.
And that Lana Del Rey esque feeling continues inside the book as well. Hypnotic and dreamy with a sour tinge. A hauntingly accurate portrayal of how it feels to be a girl growing up and the intense power of female friendships.
The Girls is set in the late 1960’s when the narrator Evie is fourteen years old, and flicks forward to her as an adult. Set in Northern California, we follow the normal-enough teenage Evie, her less than perfect home life, her crush on her friends older brother, going to school. Her internal narrative is realistic and mature while reading I related to some of the thoughts and feelings that Evie described, thinking back to myself as a fourteen year old girl.
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I’m doing my first ever blog giveaway and I figured what better book to have as the prize than The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
If you haven’t heard of The Girl on the Train, well let me entice you. It’s a psychological thriller (would you expect any less from me?) about well…a girl on the train. Told in first person narrative from the point of view of three women; Rachel, Anna and Megan. Alcoholic and depressed Rachel is our main protagonist and the events that unfold in the book revolve around and connect to her in many ways.
It’s a fast paced thriller and has been incredibly popular, and following in the footsteps of Gone Girl, now has a film adaptation that is to be released in October of this year. Starring Emily Blunt as Rachel, the trailer looks incredibly tense and dark, and I’m really hoping that the filmmakers manage to do the book justice unlike than some of the great thriller novels who’s film fell completely flat (cough cough…Before I Go To Sleep.)
Emily Blunt is a great actress and I’m really hoping she captures the fragility of Rachel, and from the shots we see of her in the trailer, my hopes are very high.
So have I done enough to spike your interest in The Girl on the Train? If so, here’s how you enter my giveaway –
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& Comment below why you love psychological thrillers!
Good luck! I’ll be choosing a winner at random on the Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 at Midnight (GMT)
(You must be over 18 to enter, open worldwide. I have purchased prize (book) with my own money and am not being sponsored for this giveaway. You can only enter once and any other entries will not be counted. Winner will be chosen at random from all qualifying entries. The winner will be informed by email (so make sure I can find it through your comment or have a way to contact you!) within seven days of the contest ending. Winners must respond within 7 days to claim their prize. This prize draw is governed by English law and the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute arising in connection with it.)
As I mentioned in yesterday’s book review, I’ve finally broken my reading drought and am now practically devouring any book I can get my hands on. Spurred on by how much I enjoyed Lie With Me, I decided to see what other short psychological thrillers I could download and read within a day.
I came across a book called Behind Closed Doors, written by B.A. Paris, and was intrigued by the title as I have written a short story called exactly the same thing…though the plots are vastly different.
Behind Closed Doors was at first confusing to me. Although written in my favorite style of 1st person narrative, and with different chapters switching between past and present, I found the narrative voice a little hard to follow and at times a little too…wordy.
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I haven’t done a book review in what seems like a very long time. While I’m at university I find it hard to actually commit to a book because I’m constantly having to read other things to write essays or concentrating on writing my own work. But now that I’ve finished university for the summer, I’ve finally gotten back into reading again!
The first book I read to break my reading drought was 11.22.63 by one of my favourite authors Stephen King. Although this book was very good and something I’d definitely recommend, I felt more compelled to review the book I devoured in one sitting,
Lie With Me.
Written by Sabine Durrant, Lie With Me is an addictive psychological thriller, perfect for anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl, The Girl on The Train or any of the other fantastic thrillers that have been recently dominating the market.
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