Book Review: Alice in Brexitland – Lucien Young

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‘You don’t have to be mad to live here but it helps’

Every day in the news all we hear is Brexit, Brexit, Brexit, for young Alice it’s something she’d rather forget. Lucien has taken a classic about a young girl falling into a crazy world and, well, put her in our crazy world instead. Based on the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Brexitland is political satire at its best and the best part? No one is safe!

I love a bit of Satire and after seeing copies in the shop I knew I wanted to give it a try. While I wasn’t a big lover of the original novel as a child, this is an absolutely brilliant new take. All of the original favorites The Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts (our very own current Prime Minister, Theresa May), White Rabbit, Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee, the Cheshire Cat and Caterpillar have all been transformed into the hot shots who were in the fight for Europe one way or another.

Another part that I absolutely loved was the illustrations that accompanies the tale not only are they incredibly well done, they’re also hilarious… I don’t think I’ll be able to view Borris Johnson the same way again!

I gave Alice in Brexitland 4 stars. While this is a short review for a short book I can guarantee it will create a lasting impression. There’s a lot of doom and gloom at the moment in politics, so if you’re a little bit fed up (aren’t we all) or the drama and want a quick read, a bit of fun and ridiculousness then this is the book for you, there might even be another political figure who’s in the firing line…

As always thank you to Netgalley, Lucien Young and Ebury Press for this in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Heartless – Marissa Meyer

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‘Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.’

I received this novel twice, once as a Netgalley review copy and the other as a free book with exclusive cover from Owlcrate last year. The novel is set before Alive in Wonderland in the kingdom of Hearts. Have you ever wondered how the Queen of Hearts came to be? Why she would be so fond of tarts and wanting to cut off people’s heads? Marissa Meyer’s latest novel looks at the young woman who became the infamous Queen of Hearts and what it took to get her there.

I’ve heard again and again online that Meyer’s novels have to be read by any Young Adult fan. I loved the idea of this novel, that we could have a glimpse into what the Queen of Hearts was, what shaped her to be the character we all had in our heads. We are introduced to Catherine on the eve of the King’s ball. Catherine, the daughter of nobility, has dreams to open a bakery with her maid and friend, after all, she is the best baker in all of Hearts. It seems, however, that fate has something else in store for her. To be the Queen of Hearts, she must first follow her own.

While I can see the appeal of this novel, such as some of the fantastic description, it really wasn’t for me. I couldn’t connect with Catherine and felt she could have been so much more, rather than acting rather spoilt and often selfish. There were some redeeming qualities and the novel and character had a lot of promise at the beginning but as the plot wore on I found myself getting more and more frustrated with Catherine and her sense of what was right.

At times the novel could be quite slow, I found myself feeling as if I was reading the same passages repeated over and over. Catherine doesn’t seem to do much with her days. I wanted so badly for her to be a strong and independent character who took charge, but unfortunately, I felt that most of the time I was reading a bit of a cliché, her thoughts and actions were that of a damsel in distress type character through the majority of the book. I just wanted her to say no for once!

I’ve given this two stars, simply because I didn’t feel it lived up to the hype that I have seen online. The plot had its merit and Meyer’s description is nothing short of magical, however, the characters both bored and irritated me. I don’t know what I was expecting, possibly more strength and dignity from Catherine’s character? Mostly I just felt like it could have been so much more than it was.

 

Thank you to Netgalley for providing this book for review.

Wonderland – October’s Owlcrate

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It’s Owlcrate time again! Unfortunately, I think this is going to be my last Owlcrate for a while just because it is really expensive to ship to the UK. That said, I’ve absolutely loved receiving them so hopefully at some point in the future I’ll be able to start my order up again. This month’s theme was Wonderland and it was incredible.

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First up was this adorable copy of the novel Alice in Wonderland and matching bookmark, designed by Risa Rodil. This was so cute and it means that there were two books in this months Owlcrate, I’m always up for more books.

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Wonderland Elixer Exclusive Tea. This was made for Owlcrate by Riddle’s Tea Shoppe and it smells lovely. I’m not sure what it will taste like because I’m not a flavoured tea person (although I’m trying to be) but I LOVED the absolutely gorgeous tin that it came in.

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Some original Alice illustrations also made an appearance. This magnet made by Evie Bookish has a quote that I want plastered on the walls. A book lovers dream.

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How cute is this bookmark?! Made by Authored Adornments this is so cute and has the ‘curiouser and curiouser’ quote on it too. So cute!

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This is an exclusive cover for the novel Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’ve never read a book by the author but I’ve heard so many good things so I can’t wait to get stuck in and see what I think. img_1449

Here’s the monthly badge, while it’s cute, again the badges are something I don’t really feel are needed in the box but they’re a cute addition.

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What caught your eye in this month’s box? Let me know in the comments below!

 

July Owlcrate Unboxing and Review: Good vs Evil

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It’s finally here! After months of watching unboxings, reading reviews and drooling over the contents I ordered my first Owlcrate box thanks to a promotional code from Cece over at ProblemsofaBookNerd. This was slightly more pricey than other crates I’ve tried BUT I have to say that I’m impressed with the contents and it was well worth the wait. This month’s theme was Good vs Evil, half of the boxes are good and half evil, the book is the same but the box is a surprise. While I got the evil box, my cousin got good and it was nice to see the difference between them.

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Death Star Necklace 

As most of you know I am obsessed with Star Wars  I love it and so finding a little necklace of the Death Star in it! Now, I am slightly jealous because the good crate got the Millenium Falcon because obviously I’m with the Force. That said I love this, it is beautifully made. Also, please excuse any stray at hair in the picture, Suki decided she also liked the crate.

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Draco Malfoy Funko Pop 

Ah Draco, angry, confused, although I don’t know if I’d go as far as evil. I was stupidly excited to receive this, even though I already have the pop (because I have a Harry Potter obsession and so I have all but 3 of the pops now). This is  a GREAT addition to the box, absolutely fab!

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The Red Queen Bookmark

A classic villain for this little magnetic bookmark, an adorable design and so cute too!

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Harper Collins mini colouring book 

I LOVED this idea. Harper Collin’s have included a small colouring book full of their YA covers, I’d love to see more of these, because who doesn’t love colouring!

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Here are some of the bits and pieces included, including the breakdown of this month’s box, a sticker and a hint of next month’s box which will also include Harry Potter!

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This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab 

I let out a squeal of joy when I found this in my box, I’ve had this on my to read list and now I have my own copy!! So exciting! The cover is beautiful and it came with a letter from the author and a signed sticker (which I’ve placed inside). I can’t wait to get stuck in to read about the monster’s that Schwab have created.

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I absolutely loved my first Owl Crate, so I’m going to be keeping my subscription, especially as there are going to be Harry Potter related goodies in it! As always I’d love to know your thoughts, so pop them in the comments below!