Tag Archives: fantasy

The Catalyst by Helena Coggan

Brilliant premise with a lot of potential but some messy writing and a messy end, amazing for a 15-year-old.

Helena Coggan is probably so damn sick of people referring to her age. Almost every review I’ve read has brought it up so I’m sorry to be joining that club. But, this book has a complex plot and a wide variety of characters with very different personalities and the first draft was written when Coggan was 13. I was never this insightful or perceptive at 13. Continue reading

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

A wonderful fantasy story set in the heart of London, revealing a side of it we never knew existed.

Rivers of London follows Constable Peter Grant as he passes his probationary period at the metropolitan police and is taken on in by a different department; Economic and Specialist Crime. It all started with the murder of William Skirmish on the steps of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. He was standing guard over the crime scene when a witness appeared, a witness who happened to be dead. Continue reading

Any One Book: A Dance with Dragons 2: After the Feast by George R.R. Martin

Despite the very real possibility of having to wait several years before the next instalment comes out, I am glad to finally get this book done with.

As you may know from previous posts I’ve been unhappy with the last book and a half, it felt as if martin had lost his way, but the second half of book five has set him upon the path of redemption. The writing was excellent and there was much more development with the story, even if he is starting to introduce way too many points of view. Continue reading

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


Yep, I found the first one that satisfying that I moved straight onto the second. It was a good sequel and remained just as entertaining as its predecessor, neither worsening or improving. So far, it seems that this is a very consistent series.

Beautiful Darkness follows in the aftermath of Lena’s birthday. She and Ethan are trying to come to terms with a loss and Lena is still freaking out about whether she’ll turn light or dark. She starts pulling away from Ethan, who doesn’t entirely understand the events that unfolded on her birthday. With Lena’s coldness he is left to figure things out on his own, which becomes that bit more difficult when Liv arrives in town. Continue reading

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


I stayed away from this because it seemed a bit too much like Twilight. but then on one dull Sunday morning, I popped over to Blockbuster and decided to rent the film out simply because Emma Thompson playing the baddie intrigued me. Once it had finished I was pleasantly surprised, it didn’t seem that much like Twilight, so perhaps it would be worth my time.

So I bought the book and began reading it. The story follows Ethan Wate who lives in Gatlin County, a town in which nothing happens and nothing changes. That is, of course, until Lena Duchannes comes to town. She and Ethan have a strange connection where they share the same dreams and start kelting with each other. All of a sudden, Gatlin has become unrecognisable. Continue reading

Loki’s Wolves by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr



I know, I know. It’s been a while. Some of you might even see this pop up in your email and think ‘what the hell is Anyonething?’ I may not have been posting much, but I have been reading, so you can expect a few more reviews.

The first of which is Kelley Armstrong’s collaboration with Melissa Marr. You all know I love Armstrong’s books, she’s a very strong writer and usually comes equipped with very strong characters. You might also remember I love mythology, so immediately I thought this would be a brilliant combination….I even said so on Goodreads. Unfortunately it proved to be disappointing. Continue reading

Merchant’s Tale: Fantasy Version

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A while back I started to attempt turning the Merchant’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer into a fantasy. Well, I kind of forgot about (as you can tell from the lack of posts about it) I have however found the little bit that I did for college a few years ago that inspired my rather lack lustre attempt.

I thought it lost forever, but I cleared out the deep, dark recesses of my room and found it tucked away in some random little box beneath my bed. Anyway, I’ve put it below to see what you think. Continue reading

Any One Book: Temeraire by Naomi Novik

This book was neither fantastic nor life changing, neither a favourite nor the best written. But do you know what? It was damn enjoyable, charming and a tad intriguing.

While its unique selling point is the fact that it’s about the Napoleonic war but with dragons you don’t really see much of the war. It focuses on the relationship between Captain Will Laurence, in charge of the naval ship the Reliant, and his dragon. He has been a part of the navy since he was 12, steadily working his way through the ranks. He’s happy with life, defending his country from the enemy and has the prospect of marriage on the horizon. Continue reading

What’s Your Genre?

Hmmm, I don’t think I’ve posted this before. I think I thought about it but then dismissed it, however if that’s not the case sorry for the repetition.

Whenever we walk into a bookshop there’s always a section that calls out to us. For my boyfriend it’s horror or film and for me it’s fantasy (well sci-fi/fantasy since Waterstone’s can’t be bothered to separate two completely different genres).

As soon as I step into the threshold my body goes to autopilot and in a matter of seconds I find myself facing Anne Mccaffrey, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman and Robert Jorden. These names are not just names, they are words that should make any fantasy lover tremble with excitement and all the names that surround them also contribute their fair share to the excitement.

I do not know why fantasy calls out to me more than any other genre, maybe it’s the tantalising promise of escaping to another world that  doesn’t seem as mundane as the one we live in, maybe it’s the sheer excitement of ‘seeing’ magic happen right before my eyes.

When I was younger I was a devout reader of anything and everything and while I consider myself a devout reader now I do have to admit the diversity has diminished slightly. Whenever I venture into other genres I find that I miss the magic that is usually evident on every other page, while Misery by Stephen King was gripping I knew that by the end I’d be longing to jump into a whole different world.

This, of course, isn’t a criticism of the other genres, merely just pointing out the fact that each of us are partial to a different one.

Also, I’ll leave you with this random thought of mine…even if it might sound a bit stupid. Don’t you think a bookshelf is almost like a universe? Sure it’s a lot smaller than the real thing but within its confines it holds so many different worlds with so many people’s lives unfolding between the pages. It really is sort of remarkable.

Writing From A While Back.

I’ve decided that today I will share with you some of my writing. I haven’t only just written it, I’ve had for a while. I wrote it while I was at college and shared it with the creative writing group I went to at Wednesday lunchtimes. Continue reading