Just A Heads Up

Hey Everyone,

So, I know I said that I would likely return to blogging in June. Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, I have decided to start fresh over on another platform with a site that would not only feature a blog, but a portfolio of my online written work as well.

The site is currently under development. I am taking my time so that I may get it right and create a product that I can be happy with. To be completely candid, I do not have the money required to pay for a Premium WordPress account, however the customisation tools on the free account are far too limiting. This is why I’ll be moving to the Weebly platform.

When my new site is complete, I will share my new link address with you. This will later be followed by the privatisation of this site, meaning the content will no longer be available for viewing. Although, most of the content accumulated since this blogs inception has since been trashed as it no longer represents the topics I wish to discuss.

Thank you for your patience.

-Devon

 

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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Rating: 5/5

This BEAUTY took me a month to read because I did not want it to end. If “as travars” were a real command that allowed you to travel between worlds, I would be gone, through the wall and straight to Red London. Continue reading “A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab”

Asexuality | Episode 2

At this point, I’m not certain whether or not I have discussed my sexuality on this blog. It’s been over a year since I started posting, so it’s likely to have popped up once or twice. However, for the longest time, I have been plucking up the ‘courage’ – for lack of a better word – to talk about who I am and how I identify in a proper post.

Previously, on a post regarding how to be productive while lacking motivation, I mentioned my mental health, a topic I found quite straightforward to describe. But, sexuality, for me personally, it a trickier concept to talk about as you can’t rely on the science behind it.

Luckily, I’m learning how to, not so much explain, but educate those around me as to what being Asexual means. The more I become confident and comfortable discussing my asexuality, the more relaxed I feel when I have to educate new people. After all, I recognise that certain people don’t have access to the same information, or haven’t researched the topic as extensively as I have. Continue reading “Asexuality | Episode 2”

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Rating: 5/5

Victoria wowed me last summer with This Savage Song, and ever since I have been craving more of her writing. A Darker Shade of Magic represents what can happen when an author is truly dedicated. Continue reading “A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab”

With Malice by Eileen Cook & The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid

*These reviews may contain spoilers, although I do try to avoid them, sometimes they are essential to an explanation*


with-malice_hresPublisher: HMH Books For Young Readers, June 7th 2016

Edition: Ebook, 320 pages

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Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron’s senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life. Continue reading “With Malice by Eileen Cook & The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid”

La La Land and the Never Ending Fountain of Tears

*Warning: there will definitely be spoilers for La La Land. So if you haven’t watched it, go do that, then come back and join the discussion.*


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Director & Writer: Damien Chazelle

Composer: Justin Hurwitz

Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend

Release Date (UK): January 12th 2017

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Synopsis: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.


I went to see La La Land in theatres over a fortnight ago and have spent every subsequent night crying along to the soundtrack on a continuous loop. My mind has been wildly scrambling, thinking of how this movie conjures up such impactful and with-standing emotions, with the ability to reduce me to tears with a single musical note. And, all I can present is the fact that, I have never experienced such a reaction to a piece of art than that created by La La Land. This ‘masterpiece’ (a word I tend to adopt loosely) was the spark that reignited my love for movies, while compelling me to appreciate the soundtrack that accompanies them. Continue reading “La La Land and the Never Ending Fountain of Tears”

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay

Original Publication: Walker Books Australia, May 1st 2015.

My Edition: Paperback, 272 pages. June 2nd 2016.

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Synopsis: Every girl dreams of being part of the line—the chosen seven who tunnel deep into the mountain to find the harvest. No work is more important.
Jena is the leader of the line—strong, respected, reliable. And—as all girls must be—she is small; years of training have seen to that. It is not always easy but it is the way of things. And so a girl must wrap her limbs, lie still, deny herself a second bowl of stew. Or a first.
But what happens when one tiny discovery makes Jena question the world she knows? What happens when moving a single stone changes everything? Continue reading “A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay”

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk*


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Edition: UK Paperback, 310 pages

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Synopsis: Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?
Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.


If you have read my list of Overrated YA Novels, you will probably already know my general opinion regarding Everything Everything. To me, this was one of the most overrated novels of 2015, with its hype even moving into latter end of 2016. It’s not a bad book by any means, it’s just not worth the excessive hype it received. I did take pleasure in reading the book, especially when I considered that this is Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, however, it is difficult to pinpoint why I enjoyed this read.

Continue reading “Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon”