Wow things have moved fast this year… surprisingly given the worlds seems to be ending… Continue reading Living in Normandy #2: Has it Been Over 6 Months?
Since my last review I have been busy working on projects and taking time to find indie authors (mainly on twitter) and I got such an overwhelming response! Thank you to everyone who linked me their books. My first read off this long list of the twitter writing community, is a supernatural, detective horror by Chrissey Harrison, Mime.
Chrissey Harrison describes herself as “a wearer of many hats. Metaphorical hats, that is, not so much real hats. Although sometimes real hats. At the moment I mostly wear my writer hat, my designer and my crafter hat.” This can be seen in her writing, especially in the characters. Chrissey is predominantly a writer of supernatural thrillers and other spec genre fiction. She is also the proud owner of an 18 year old goldfish called Ambition, something I am astounded by seeing as my goldfish never lasted more than 5. (RIP all my fishy friends).
From first glance at the cover, I was getting some serious “It” vibes with the creepy cover, but from reading the first few pages I was delighted to find a writing style that did not reflect my Stephen King preconceptions. (This is not a bad thing in anyway as I am not big fan of King’s writing style!) Books, like with films, I don’t watch trailers or read the blurb as I like to go into a book with no preconceptions. Trying to avoid the cover however is a problem, the same with film posters so I let myself have that one. I had no idea of the plot, characters or themes of the book when I started to read and I am so glad I made that decision.
Mime looks like it is going to be the first book of a killer series. I mean that in both terms of the word. Usually I am not a fan of a book flipping from different perspectives, but the way this is written with both characters being almost on the same plotline makes it more of an insight into each characters mind rather than a flip-flop about a complex world. The characters are very unique meaning that you can follow them with ease and get engrossed quickly. The story did not take long to start, something I love in a book. There is nothing worse than waiting around for 100 pages waiting for something of interest to happen. Straight in there with what’s happening and the weird.
In terms of the three “Cs” in the thriller genre: the contract, the clock, and the crucible, I feel this book checks all three. I want to go into more detail but I don’t want to give too many spoilers away, so if you don’t want spoilers, look away now!
Since my long review last year I have definitely gone on to read more books and my count for 2020 is well over 30 now and well I’d like to share some of the smaller authors on separate posts. (Please go check them out on social media!) *** The Thriller genre is usually characterised and defined by the emotions they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings … Continue reading Book Review: Midnight Vigilante
Plants are so good for you, the environment, your soul, and your wellbeing. This may just be me being an avid plant mother, or it’s the spores slowly taking over my brain… Anyway, why have just plants in pots when you can trap them in a jar and watch them create their own ecosystem? What is a terrarium? a terrarium is a collection of plants … Continue reading How to Make a Terrarium!
As requested by like one person… Here’s my first blog of moving from Canada as a white girl to Rural as heck Normandy. Hold onto your hats as it’s windy here and always raining. January. New year, new me. That’s how it goes right? So my new beginning is moving back to Europe from the wonderfully snowy north known as Canada. Of course, I am … Continue reading Expat in Normandy #1: a White girl gets settled
I tried to read a book a week for year…. here is what I read. Continue reading 2019 in Books! (A very long review)
Military History is a huge part of my life. It wouldn’t be possible without the amazing actions taken by soldiers throughout the 20th and 21st century, and this year I would like to share with you my favourite/iconic poetry that has come out of conflict. *** In Flanders Fields BY JOHN MCCRAE In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark … Continue reading Remembrance
hockey season is back.
HOCKEY SEASON IS BACK Continue reading Canadian Things I Love #1: Hockey (Q&A post)
It’s been a while friends. The reason: procrastination. But not the laugh it off I’ll get to it kind of procrastination. The kind of procrastination that is constant and unproductive keeping me up to the small hours of the morning, as I have completely lost track on what time actually is, to pass out for a few hours, only to wake up, work and be … Continue reading Chronically Me #7: Procrastinating
It finally happened. I finished a sketchbook on my own! It only took me a year and a half, but from start to finish it has been a wild ride of sketches, painting and planning. A lot of my graphic design sketches I tend to do in lined notebooks so I can write around it neatly. I also don’t use a ruler most of the … Continue reading I Finished a Sketchbook! (And showing you the best bits)