On The Other Side Review (Spoiler Warning)

On The Other Side Review (Spoiler Warning)

This is the debut novel by new author Carrie Hope Fletcher and from the few snippets of information that Carrie had give away in videos on her YouTube channel, I already had high expectations for this book. I am pleased to say that it has lived up to many of these expectations. The writing style shows that it was written as a YA novel, whether this was intentional or not, I’m not quite sure but I think that the idea of ‘magic realism’ is partly what given the YA feel to it.

After living a long and happy life, Evie Snow has died at the age of 83. To find her own version of heaven, Evie now needs to free her soul of the weight that it had carried in life. She is then told that in order to lighten her soul, she must now share the 3 secrets that have weighed her down in life for over fifty years.

Evie Snow is by no means perfect and she knows that, although being completely honest, I think that this is probably part of her charm and what attracts both Vincent Winters and Jim Summer to her in the first place.

There are parts scattered throughout the book, linking with the idea of ‘magic realism’, that seem to have definite links to ‘Once Upon A Time’ (the little bird that was like a notebook and the opening of Evie’s chest).

All in all, I did end up enjoying the book but I can’t see myself rushing to read it again in a hurry.

Verdict: 3.5 Stars
Currently Reading: Requiem by Lauren Oliver


Traditional Books vs E-Books

Traditional Books vs E-Books

The use of  e-readers such as the kindle, nook or kobo readers is on a steady incline and whilst whether we should be reading traditional books or e-books has been long debated, there have always been pros and cons for both sides. I hope that this post will give a clearer view of those pros and cons.

When people first start considering buying an e-reader, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that it is a lot more compact than carrying around a pile of books. You can have an almost endless supply of books at your fingertips. There are thousands of books available in an instant, to anyone owning an e-reader with access to Wi-Fi, you’re almost spoilt for choice.

You’ll end up spending significantly less money in the long run. After spending the initial amount on the device itself, you’ll find that you’re spending less annually on books. on average, a book from a bookshop like Waterstones will usually cost you between £8 – £12 per book, whereas if you bought an e-book, it’ll be closer to £4/ £5 mark for a brand new book (and that’s not including the kindle daily/ weekly/ monthly deals where e-books will very often be reduced to 99p or £1.99). It is definitely a lot more cost effective when you look at it like that.

However, it can be argued that even though e-books may seem to be the more convenient option, you can never out do the smell of a book or that distressed look that a book gets after it’s been read over and over (that worn look that shows how much the reader enjoyed the book).

A digital book vs. a real book…I'm not totally anti-digital books, but nothing will ever replace the real thing.:

As much as this topic has been debated since the beginning of the e-reader, one thing that I’m sure all book lovers alike can agree on is that doesn’t matter whether it’s a paperback, a hardback or an e-book as long as you’re reading. Don’t let the art of literature die!

My 5 Spring TBRs

My 5 Spring TBRs

1) Hunger by Michael Grant

This is the second book in the Gone series. There are six books in this bestselling series by Michael Grant that is set in Southern California, in the fictional town of Perdido Beach as everyone aged 15 and over mysteriously vanishes, sending this small town into near chaos when a transparent dome is cast over it.

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2) Requiem by Lauren Oliver

This is the final book in Delirium trilogy that follows Lena Haloway as she falls in love in a world where love is seen as a disease called amor deliria nervosa, more commonly referred to as ‘the deliria’.

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My Reading Habits (aka The Reading Habits tag)

My Reading Habits (aka The Reading Habits tag)

I recently stumbled upon the reading habits tag when scrolling through Pinterest and I decided to give it a go. The tag was created by The Book Jazz on YouTube.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I usually read wherever I am the comfiest, which tends to be either in a hot bath (whilst using a lush bath bomb, preferably), on my bed or curled up on the couch.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

A bookmark is always better than using just a random piece of paper. I will just use one of the bookmarks out of the many bookmarks that I own and keep on top of my bookshelf. although, anything has the potential to be a bookmark if you’re in great enough need.

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