Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller – Book Review

Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller – Book Review

If you read my review of Ready Player One a couple of days ago, you might know that books about virtual reality and not-so-distant technology-advanced futures are my current favourites. So when I managed to get a proof of Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller at YALC last year, I was instantly intrigued!

The company says Otherworld is amazing – like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive – that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

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Cinema Snippets: I, Tonya & Lady Bird

Cinema Snippets: I, Tonya & Lady Bird

I’ve seen so many films recently that I’m not keeping up with writing individual reviews for them all! So, similar to my snippet reviews of books I did a while ago, I’m going to write Cinema Snippets. I’ll include a couple of films in one post and give my brief thoughts about them, rather than a full review.

Recently I saw two films with strong female main characters: I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie, and Lady Bird, starring Saorise Ronan. I really liked them both! Here's my short review of each of the two films.

Today’s reviews are what I’m going to call the Strong Women Edition: Lady Bird and I, Tonya. I loved both of these films for completely different reasons! Here are my thoughts.

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Satellite by Nick Lake – Book Review

Satellite by Nick Lake – Book Review

In case you don’t know (and can’t tell from my blog’s branding), I’m a massive fan of space. Space-themed books like The Martian by Andy Weir are my favourites, and I’m starting to gather a small collection of them on my shelf.

So, when I went to YALC last year and got a little packet of goodies for a new book called Satellite by Nick Lake, I couldn’t WAIT to read the book. I was so happy to be accepted to read it on NetGalley! (And of course, in true book blogger fashion, I’ve only just read it. Oops.)

I'm a huuuuge fan of space books (one of my favourite books is The Martian by Andy Weir), so when I heard about Satellite by Nick Lake - a YA book about a space-born teenager who goes to live on Earth - I couldn't wait. Here's my review!

Fifteen-year-old Leo has never set foot on Earth.

Born and raised with twins Orion and Libra on the Moon 2 Space Station, Leo has grown up in the most extraordinary way.

The time has now come for the trio to make their first flight home to Earth, but they cannot imagine the terrible consequences that their return will set into motion.

This is one boy’s epic journey to discover where he truly belongs.

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas Anthology – Book Review

I’ll Be Home for Christmas Anthology – Book Review

I’m a bit late with this review, but I got here in the end! Over Christmas, I took part in a read-along for I’ll Be Home for Christmas, a festive short story anthology with the theme of “home”, with my friends from The Little Contemporary Corner. We aimed to read one story a day (I got a bit behind – oops) from 11th to 24th December. I took part in a little blog tour for this which you can read here. I’ve already reviewed Juno Dawson’s short story, Homo for Christmas, and this time I’m back to review the whole book!

I'll Be Home for Christmas is a festive short story anthology by various YA authors. I'm sharing my thoughts on each story, as well as the book as a whole.

The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home.

Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon, Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah.

£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk.

The anthology has a whole range of stories. Some I loved, some were OK, and some I couldn’t finish. It’s one of the reasons I like anthologies of short stories. I could dislike some stories and love others, whilst others might have the complete opposite opinion! I’ll briefly review every story in the book, as well as the book as a whole.

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Artemis by Andy Weir – Book Review

Artemis by Andy Weir – Book Review

In case you don’t know, The Martian by Andy Weir is one of my favourite books of all time. When I found out that the author was releasing a second book called Artemis, this time set on the moon, I was EXCITED. More space nerdiness to add to my bookshelf!

I had tremendously high hopes for Artemis. Did I love it as much as The Martian? I don’t think so (but it’s hard to live up to when it’s one of my favourite books ever). Was it a worthy second book that blew my expectations out the water? YES. I loved it!

The Martian by Andy Weir is one of my favourite books ever, so I was excited (but nervous) to read his second book Artemis. Here's what I thought!

WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.
Some criminals.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough.

So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…

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