A Fangirl on Fangirl – A Review.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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The first book I read of Rainbow Rowell’s was Eleanor & Park (review can be found here) and I loved it, loved it, loved it. So many times whilst I have been waiting for the train I have perused the bookshelves of WHSmith’s (other book shops available) and so many times I picked up Fangirl, read the blurb, stroked the cover, smelt the pages (do not judge me) and put it back, until one day I just bought it.

This year I was fortunate enough to get a week’s holiday in Cornwall (which is probably one of the most beautiful places in the UK) and I decided to read Fangirl whilst there, on the beach and just see how much I could relate to it. You see, you may not think it to look at me, and it’s not something that I tend to publicise but for once I am going to have the strength to admit that I am a FANGIRL. Not a fangirl that just buys the merch or never misses an episode/book/film but an actual fangirl that writes…you know…fanfiction! Yes, that’s me!

I post my stories under a pseudonym in a secret place away from prying eyes of the general public and by general public I mean family/friends/work colleagues. Writing fic gives me so much life, it helps me breathe and deal with the trickier aspects of my anxiety. Being able to escape into a world of much beloved characters and manipulate them to act out my stories, my thoughts, my ideas just makes me breathe in a way I can’t even describe. So I could REALLY relate to Cath and this book, like in ridiculous way. I gushed about it so much to poor Rainbow Rowell on twitter that I’m surprised she didn’t block me!

Anyway I digress, back to the book. Fangirl follows the story of twins Cath and Wren who are heading off to college, but Wren surprises Cath by saying she want’s do her own thing, something Cath can’t quite wrap her head around considering they’re usually pretty inseparable. Throw into the mix Cath’s worries about her father being alone, Cath’s anxieties about having to live with a stranger and the general day to day worries that going to college throws up and you have one hell of a story.

The moments in the book that really stuck out for me, were how easy and attached Cath felt to her writing (have I mentioned how easy I could relate) the moments where she felt hurt and conflicted by Wren’s behaviour and I just LOVED Levi (like seriously I think he’s the first literary fiction character in a LONG time that I have fallen in love) **SPOILER ALERT HERE** The way Rainbow Rowell wrote the first kiss between Cath and Levi made me melt into a puddle, it was just so…perfect and honest.

I did adore this book, truly. It highlighted the internal dialogue anxiety sufferers have, the things we do to avoid certain situations. It highlighted a love and respect for fanfiction which, I feel, tends to get laughed at and criticised by most people, which is another reason I could relate to Cath being reluctant to be open about writing it. The relationships were sincere and believable and some of themes like parental abandonment were dealt with perfectly. Sometimes, just sometimes a book comes along that speaks to you on a whole new level, and for me, this was that book.

Thank Rainbow, I found my passion for fic writing came back after reading this.

Star Rating out of 5: 5

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“There are other people on the Internet. It’s awesome. You get all the benefits of ‘other people’ without the body odor and the eye contact.” 

Happy reading!

Georgina

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Supermutant Magic Academy – A Review

Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

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This was a purchase I made when browsing through the book shop one day, I was looking for some more comic books to try out and I stumbled across this. I flicked through the pages and just found myself getting drawn in.

Told in a series of single page comics, it follows the lives of the students of Supermutant Magic Academy, a prep school for mutants and witches; despite their obvious differences a lot of the issues they face are familiar. Some pages really made me think, and others made me laugh out loud. I’d say the characters of Marsha and Wendy act as the centre and feature more than say Trixie or Everlasting Boy, but you feel invested in them (Marsha especially) so  I didn’t mind.

It’s quirky, fun, provocative and not what I expected at all. I loved the artwork in this and the imagery worked so fluidly with the dialogue, Jilliam Tamaki just seemed to find the perfect balance of everything. It’s an easy enough read that you could probably get through it one sitting, but I’d suggest just taking your time, really look at the panels and take in what the characters are saying.

Thoroughly enjoyable and one that I would definitely recommend to other people, I will probably leaf through this again at some point in the near future and I’m SUPER keen to read some more of Jillian Tamaki’s work, but what a great place for me to start!

Star Rating out of 5: 5

‘I dunno, to be honest, I was just hoping to keep the demons away…’

Happy reading bookworms!

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Witch’s Canyon – Supernatural Book #2 – A Review

Supernatural Book #2 – Witch’s Canyon by Jeff Mariotte

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I have to say I much preferred the story of Witch’s Canyon over that of Nevermore. The boys are visiting a small ranch land close to the Grand Canyon to investigate (and hopefully prevent) a murder spree that seems to occur every forty years.

I really loved the setting of the book, the small scale of the town only added to the feeling of isolation. There was also added intensity as the boys race against time to solve the mystery behind what’s causing the killings before a huge shopping mall is opened, all those people in such a confined space just screams body count.

As the days pass, people in the town are being picked off by a deadly horde of spirits (both animal and human) and pretty soon the local Sheriff realises that the Winchesters are the towns best hope against what is happening. That being said, I don’t think Dean and Sam jumped off the page enough in this book and some of the characterizations were a little off.

Star Rating out of 5: 4.5

Happy reading!

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