Book Review: If I Can Give You That by Michael Gray Bulla

Book Review: If I Can Give You That by Michael Gray Bulla

I wasn’t big on contemporary YA when I was younger, as I associated it with those sad books. You know the kind I mean. And those books generally don’t appeal to me. But though If I Can Give You That gives off similar vibes, something about it had me curious. This wasn’t an easy read topic-wise, but it was fast to get through, and I’m glad I’ve read it.

Seventeen-year-old Gael attends a local LGBTQA+ support group for teens at the urging of his best friend, but as a trans teen in a conservative school, he didn’t plan to say much. That’s until he meets Declan and winds up absorbed by his friendship. As their relationship deepens, Gael starts to discover himself. Still, back at home, things are getting worse with his mother’s declining mental health and his dad trying to get back in touch. Gael must decide whether lowering his guard is safe or will make things worse.

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Book Review: Burying Eva Flores by Jennifer Alsever

Book Review: Burying Eva Flores by Jennifer Alsever

I love a full-cast audiobook, so when I saw a YA thriller with a full cast set a listen now on NetGalley, you bet I instantly went and downloaded it. I knew it was going to be a thriller with some supernatural elements, but let me tell you, I couldn’t have guessed how wild this book was going to get.

This book is essentially a Courtney Summers book that took a detour through Death Note. If that doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will.
Eva Flores is missing, presumed dead, and everyone thinks Sophia did it. In this book, told through a blend of story, texts and interviews, we discover why Sophia hated Eva, what was going on in their lives and the magical notebook that allowed Sophia to mess with Eva’s life in revenge.

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Story and Music- Animated Music Project Recommendations

Story and Music- Animated Music Project Recommendations

I don’t usually blog about music, but if you’ve seen me on Twitter, you’ll know I’ve started to get into more Japanese music over the last couple of years. Specifically music from animated music projects or franchises.

So what does that mean?

By an animated music project or franchise, I mean a piece of media where a fictional singer or group releases music but only with animated music videos. Unless you go to a specific concert with voice actors, even live content will feature these animated characters. So, like the Gorillaz. But there’s more of them and usually a lot of story to these series. I’ll admit I’m not sure if all of these are considered animated music projects. Some have games or anime. 

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Monthly Recap – February 2023

Monthly Recap – February 2023

Back in 2021, I was attempting to do monthly recaps. I’d sum up how many books I’ve read this month and write some mini-reviews.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one, and I’ve decided that this is something that I want to get into. I like the idea of talking a little bit about various books so you can get an idea of what I’ve been reading.

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Book Review: Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind by Misa Sugiura

Book Review: Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind by Misa Sugiura

Over the last few years, there’s been an onslaught of new books like Percy Jackson but focusing on the mythology of various cultures written by authors from those very same cultures. It’s a trend I absolutely love, and the latest was Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind by Misa Sugiura. This Japanese-inspired story is filled with action, friendship and plenty of emotion.

Momo Arashima has just turned 12, and she’s at the bottom of the popularity list at school. She’s always seen things she shouldn’t and is made fun of because of it. But one day, she’s attacked and discovers that her Mum is a Shinto goddess and is dying. To save her life, Momo will have to close the path to Yomi and stop danger from taking over the world. Fortunately, she’s not alone and has a talking fox called Niko, and her former best friend, Danny, to help.

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Book Review: HappyHead by Josh Silver

Book Review: HappyHead by Josh Silver

Late last year, I was invited to attend the Rock the Boat showcase, and as part of that, I was sent a package of books. These were mostly releases of books already out by authors at the event. Still, it also included an ARC of Happyhead. It wasn’t a book I’d heard of before, but it sounded good. And I was right.

In this book, we follow Sebastian, a boy who is offered the opportunity to become happier by attending a radical retreat for teenagers. He’s not sure if he wants this, but he’s not given much choice. At least he can make his parents proud. But at the retreat, he meets the enigmatic Finn, and the other boy has him questioning what’s truly going on at this retreat. But the deeper into the programme, they discover that there might be no escape.

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Japanese Catchup #4

Japanese Catchup #4

So it’s been a while since I posted about studying Japanese, and the reason for that is…I haven’t been doing much.

I haven’t stopped or given up. So that’s a positive. In the past, I’d have stopped completely.

But I’ve still been using Duolingo and WaniKani. I’ve still been trying to read Japanese, listening to Japanese music and watching Japanese videos. I’m starting to recognise more kanji, which is excellent, but my vocab hasn’t really been growing by that much. I’ve learnt phrases from Duolingo, but I want my vocabulary to grow.

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Game Review – Fire Emblem Engage

Game Review – Fire Emblem Engage

I was going to wait until I finished this game to post a review, but I got a little eager and wanted to write it early. I’m starting this review by saying I haven’t played a lot of Fire Emblem. I own a few games, but I’ve only completed Three Houses and started one of the Warriors games and Tokyo Mirage Sessions. But it is a series I’ve been interested in for a long time, and I knew I had to play Engage.

Fire Emblem Engage is a game for the Switch. It’s a tactical JRPG that includes a relationship system and many options to play online. But it’s still a game you can easily play and enjoy single-player. There are 27 chapters, but most of these are pretty short.

The story for this one is that you are a Divine Dragon, a person who can turn into a dragon and draw magic from powerful rings. At the beginning of the game, you had slept for 1000 years, but when you awaken, you find that the Corrupted are back and the Fell Dragon has awoken. You travel across the world collecting rings and allies whilst trying to stop the Fell Dragon from coming into power.

As I write this, I’m almost halfway through the game as I’ve slowed down my play to read a little more, but I’m still having a good time.

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A UK Book Box and Book Subscription Guide

A UK Book Box and Book Subscription Guide

A few years ago, I posted a guide to the UK book boxes around with my opinions. Times have changed, a few of those boxes have gone down, and there are a few more options, including subscriptions. I’ve not received all of them, so I can’t rank them. But I thought an updated post could be helpful for fellow bookworms in the UK!

That said, I’ve never received some of these boxes or subscriptions, so if I’ve missed one or gotten some information wrong, then let me know so I can update this post!

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