April Wrap Up


It’s that time of month again – no, not that one – its wrap up time!

So I’ve been a bit MIA (that’s Missing In Action for those that don’t know) mostly because I haven’t been feeling inspired but also because I have 6 days left of my university life. Yes, 6! Scary!

As such, I am currently revising whilst writing this: MULTI-TASKER!

But I couldn’t not do my monthly wrap-up. Now, it has been a slow month in more than just blogging I’m afraid. I’ve only read 5 books/pamphlets, but they’re relatively large and have been relatively interesting reads – if for odd reasons.

Anyway…

The Bees by Laline Paull

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I have done a full review of this book so I won’t bore you with a thorough account, if you want to know my full views check out my last blogpost. I really enjoyed this story, it’s a Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games.

On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher


I really can’t say much about this book because it is not out yet, and I kind of want to see other people’s views as well. All I’m going to say is that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted, and that is partly because of the way it was marketed to me. It was not what I expected, at all and it jarred with me. But like I said…I will wait until nearer the release to post a thorough review.

The Hungry Ghost Festival by Jen Campbell

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I finally purchased another Jen Campbell collection. I adored her latest collection of 100 poems but unfortunately I didn’t get on so well with this pamphlet. The first story – the Kitchen – was fantastic but then the rest of them hardly touched me. Not in the way that other of her stories have. It has not put me off though, and if this is his weakest collection well…it was also one of her earliest so she has clearly improved!

Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger

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I’ve heard of this book in passing a few times so when I came across it for the first time, for a bargain price, I couldn’t resist picking it up and reading it on the train home. Now...I don’t think it will be for everyone. It is fairly graphic and too be honest has a lot to do with bestiality in my opinion – more noticeably even than Beauty and the Beast – but the images are beautiful and if you put aside the factual oddities of the story it is a very sweet, modern fairy tale.

The Butchers Hook by Janet Ellis

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I’ve been looking forwards to reading this book since I first saw the cover and review on Booktube, but it was not what I expected at all! The story is set in the 1700s in Britain, when nothing happened – it’s true – and as such I thought it was going to be a regency romance…oh no! Think murder, guts and gore. The protagonist is an anti-hero – if you can call her hero at all – she is entirely unique, utterly horrible and I hope that no such people exist. The writing is wonderful, the twists interesting and the unflinching plot of Ellis is really fascinating. I would recommend it.

They are the five books I have read this month. Totalling my amount of books read to 25 this year…only 5 away from halfway to my New Year’s Resolution. Not bad.

Currently I am reading: The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow and I am putting up and putting down Carrie Hope Fletcher’s non-fiction book ‘All I Know Now’.

I have a lot on my TBR currently, but exams and revision come first I’m afraid…so I may remain slightly MIA for the foreseeable future. Sorry folks.

But I’ll be back.

Happy Reading!

The Bees Book Review


 
Author: Laline Paull is a screenwriter/playwright and The Bees is her debut novel and has been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Rating: ****

Review:

I’ve been looking forwards to reading this book for a while. A story set entirely from the perspective of a Bee – minus a prologue and epilogue which have left me a little conflicted – fascinated me.

I was a little conflicted by the first 50 pages. There was very little going on that wasn’t difficult to understand without a basic knowledge of bees, or from having seen The Bee Movie. When a sanitation bee – Flora 717 – the lowest form of bee is hatched a Sage – a priestess of the hive – takes her away from her kin in an experiment, as Flora can speak and fly which is rare in her kind.

 
It is a very complicated and political story so you have to tune in. As always it helped me best when I read the book on a train and I got through 70 odd pages in one sitting, it was a lot easier to understand all that was occurring and how it created a storyline.

There is little to empathise with Flora about, she doesn’t appear to have emotions and there’s religion, royalty and politics to consider. If you’re expecting a Young Adult novel – as I was – you're in for a shock as this is an adult novel. I was greatly surprised by the language used by the male bees, and I’m not talking about ‘bloody hell’, I’m talking about the filthiest you can go.

Nonetheless the story grows and by the end there is a thriller aspect to it which is great, although not entirely oh-my-god-I-can’t-cope thriller-ish. More of an interesting ending.

 
I loved the hive dynamic and the relationship between Flora and Sir Linden, a male drone. The Queen is also a really fascinating character, even if we don’t see her that much. The story itself is simple in the fact that it is an underdog story of a bee working her way up the hive whilst committing the worst sin possible.

Intriguing, yes.

In conclusion I’m going to quote a review I saw for the book on good reads – it is A Handmaid’s Tale in a beehive. Well worth a read, a little jarring from what you might expect and you definitely have to tune in but when you do it is very enjoyable.

Happy Reading!