Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Review: The Amazing Book is not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Title: The Amazing Book is not on Fire
Author: Dan Howell and Phil Lester
Cover Artist: Dan Howell, Phil Lester, and Dave Brown
Publisher: Ebury Press
Release Date: 8th October 2015
Genre: Semi-Autobiographical and Humour (Teen Non-Fiction)
Page Count: 224
Original Language: English
Format Read: Hardcover
Other books in series: N/A
Movie Adaptation: N/A (but there was a live show dedicated to its contents)


Hello reader!

In this book is a world. A world created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the internet! 

We are Dan and Phil and we invite you on a journey inside our minds! From the stories of our actual births, to exploring Phil’s teenage diary and all the reasons why Dan’s a fail. Learn how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, get advice on how to make YouTube videos and discover which of our dining chairs represents you emotionally. 

With everything from what we text each other, to the time we met One Direction and what really happened in Vegas... 

This is The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire!

First Page


*SPOILER ALERT: This review does not assume you have read the book* 

I already review this book over on my youtube channel, so if you want to listen to me talk about it instead then you can. This blog post will pretty much go over the same points.

The biggest thing readers get from this book is the personal feeling. For people like me who have been watching Dan and Phil for years, it feels like it was created especially for us. You can tell that an immense amount of work has gone into it. As a viewer, I feel very proud.

The book is so much fun! And it also felt very nostalgic. I started watching Dan and Phil in 2011, so it was kind of emotional for me to look back and think about my past as well as their's. 

I'm obviously not going to spoil anything for you, but I'll just say one thing. WE ARE ALL THE BLUE CHAIR.

Funny story: I actually referenced the 'existential crisis hallway' page in my philosophy essay for university. So, according to academia, Dan is a philosopher. You're welcome, Dan!

A perfect book for those who love Dan and Phil and want more of an insight into their crazy minds, The Amazing Book is not on Fire is funny, fast-paced, and freaking amazing (get it?). It also made me emotional, thinking about how much two normal guys have achieved through hard work and determination. This book is certainly a motivator, and Dan and Phil are good guys, so you'll be a better person after reading this book. 

5/5 cups of British tea, obviously!

Monday, 28 March 2016

Review: Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton

Title: Unspeakable
Author: Abbie Rushton
Cover Artist: Unknown
Publisher: Atom Books
Release Date: 5th February 2015
Genre: LGBTQIA+ YA Fiction
Page Count: 288
Original Language: English
Format Read: Paperback
Other books in series: N/A
Movie Adaptation: N/A 

Where you can buy it:  AmazonThe Book DepositoryWaterstonesBarnes and NobleEbay


Megan doesn't speak. She hasn't spoken in months.
Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan's head - things that are screaming to be heard - that she cannot, must not, let out.
Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can't quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter.
Megan would love to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?

First Page


*SPOILER ALERT: This review does not assume you have read the book* 

I just want to thank God or Jesus or whoever else for this novel. I read it in one afternoon and I loved every second of it.

Thank you for the awareness of people who are mute as a serious thing that actually happens, and for handling it so well. I don't personally know anyone who is mute but I understand it so much more now.

Thank you for the main relationship not being heterosexual. Thank you. And an extra thank you for the main character being completely uninterested in the opposite sex, and for the secondary main character being interested in both genders, and showing that you can have a strong but unique attraction to each individual.

Thank you for not setting it in a middle class area with perfect mothers.

Thank you for going against the stereotypical 'coming out' routine and parent reactions by not making being LGBTQIA+ be some big dramatic thing.

The only thing I will say about this novel is that I did figure out who had sent the notes (I'm not going to spoil it for you - read the book and find out what these are!) to Jasmine before it was revealed. However, I had read Girl Online the week beforehand and it had a similar plot line to this, so it was only expected for me because I had been down this road before. But that didn't make the shock of the events that were to follow hit me any less. This really is a thriller in disguise.

Final words without spoiling Unspeakable? Amazing. Thank you. 5/5.

Friday, 4 March 2016

World Book Day 2016!

So, as everyone knows, it has been World Book Day today.

I would have done some reading, but I slept through my lectures for the very first time. 

You can tell I'm really enjoying university...

ANYWAY. As well as it being World Book Day, it was quite the monumentous occasion.

Today, the trailer for the all-girl remake of Ghostbusters was released! You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this, and now we can finally watch the trailer. In case you haven't seen it, here it is.

Now, I've heard some criticism for this movie already, and it hasn't even come out in cinemas yet. Comments to try and ruin my excitement such as "it looks awful!" "it won't be the same!" and so on. But don't compare this new film to the Ghostbusters from 30 years ago. Enjoy it for what it is, and let other people be excited even if you aren't.

Worried that the glorious women are going to kick some ghost ass better than the men?

Girls are awesome too, and just because something is a remake it doesn't mean it isn't going to be as iconic.

In celebration of our favourite Ghostbitches (Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy), I am going to choose The Ghostbusters books as my reading recommendation for World Book Day.

And although these books aren't about the girls yet, I really do hope they write some graphic novels to accompany the movie.

I mean, who doesn't want to stare at Kate McKinnon's face in cartoon form all day???

I hope you have all had a more productive World Book Day than me, and I hope you have watched the trailer for Ghostbusters. If you haven't, go and watch it 100 times, because ya know...

There is also a #gifparty happening on Twitter, so I thought I would celebrate and use some in my post.

Happy World Book Day everyone!