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Blogtober Day 8: You Me At Six – Sound Knowledge, Marlborough, 07/10/18

Blogtober Day 8: You Me At Six – Sound Knowledge, Marlborough, 07/10/18

Another Sunday, another trip to Sound Knowledge, this time to see the indefatigable You Me At Six. It’s been a busy couple of years for the band – this is their second full-length release in the space of eighteen months – and this show was […]

Blogtober Day 7: Review: The Case of the Missing Treasure by Robin Stevens

Blogtober Day 7: Review: The Case of the Missing Treasure by Robin Stevens

Back at the start of summer Robin Stevens released a short story narrated by Daisy Wells, in which the Detective Society and the Junior Pinkertons team up to investigate a string of museum robberies. I bought it the day it was released, but I decided […]

Blogtober Day 6: Review: The Invasion by Peadar O’Guilin

Blogtober Day 6: Review: The Invasion by Peadar O’Guilin

Continuing the events from The Call, you might expect The Invasion to be brighter than it’s predecessor, but that is not the case. While it seemed that things were looking up for Anto and Nessa, they’re torn away from each other and plunged back into the world of the Sidhe and the Grey Lands, and this time it there’s even less chance of escape.

In case you don’t remember, I disliked The Call. The only reason I decided to pick up this sequel was because I thought there was potential in the world (that and I really hate leaving things unfinished) and I’m happy to be able to say that I enjoyed The Invasion more than the first book in the Grey Lands series. I decided to give it four stars, because it was a vast improvement upon The Call – which I rated three stars – although I still feel as though the characters were underdeveloped.

There’s a lot of death and destruction caused by the Sidhe, and this would have more of an impact if the characters were three-dimensional, but they’re just there to bulk up the cast and build a high death toll. This was proven by an error in the copy I read (which was a finished copy, not an ARC) in which one of the background characters was killed… And then appeared in a scene a few pages later. If the character was fully-fleshed out and contributed anything to the story, a mistake like this wouldn’t have made it through the copyediting process.

Overall, the Grey Lands series is creepy, and I’m pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it more after having read the second book despite the fact that The Call feels like a standalone. There’s not much to say about it, because it is rather bland (despite the monstrous Sidhe creations and stream of ceaseless death), but I still found it capturing my imagination and I will be thinking about The Call and The Invasion for a long time to come.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about The Invasion, check it out on Goodreads. If you decide to buy a copy, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link: I’ll earn a few pennies from your purchase. Thank you!

 

I know I didn’t have much to say about The Invasion, but if you’ve read the Grey Lands duology, what were your thoughts on the second installment?

Alyce

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Blogtober Day 5: Review: If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say by Leila Sales

Blogtober Day 5: Review: If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say by Leila Sales

When Spelling Bee champion Winter Halperin tweets an ill-advised joke about the skin colour of the latest winner, she finds herself the most hated person on the Internet… For a little while. But while the rest of the world are infuriated for a couple of […]

Blogtober Day 4: Blog tour: Beardies’ World by Joyce Ives

Blogtober Day 4: Blog tour: Beardies’ World by Joyce Ives

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Beardies’ World blog tour. First off I’d like to say a huge thank you to Faye, for inviting me to take part in this blog tour, and to Joyce Ives, author of Beardies’ World, who has written a lovely guest […]

Blogtober Day 3: Kodaline – Sound Knowledge, Marlborough, 30/09/18

Blogtober Day 3: Kodaline – Sound Knowledge, Marlborough, 30/09/18

With a bite in the breeze and the night drawing in fast, standing in the courtyard outside Cafe Thirty8 on Sunday evening proved that autumn has well and truly arrived. It’s the perfect season for listening to a band like Kodaline: their indie-pop is laced with melancholy, songs which seem bright on the surface containing lyrics which tug painfully at your heartstrings.

Celebrating the release of their third album, Politics of Living, the Irish quartet performed three songs from their back catalogue alongside three songs from their newest release, and they complemented each other beautifully. The harmonies laced throughout Brother are quintessential Kodaline, while the “oh-oh” callbacks in Follow Your Fire are sure to work wonderfully in much larger live settings than this one.

High Hopes and All I Want had the crowd singing along: Kodaline got a lot of mainstream attention thanks to their debut, In A Perfect World, and the songs sound just as fresh as they did when they hit the airwaves back in 2013.

I’m yet to hear Politics In Living in full, but if you’re looking for an album which embodies the essence of the word autumnal, it seems like this could be the one for you. Based off of the songs they chose to showcase in this intimate setting, the band are still heavily focused upon vocals and lyrics above all else. If you prefer your music with an understated drumbeat and an absence of in your face bass, Kodaline have perfected the performance of songs which are stripped back yet still aurally stimulating.

Setlist:

Ready
High Hopes
Head Held High
Brother
Follow Your Fire
All I Want

 

We’re off to Sound Knowledge again on Sunday for an acoustic set by You Me At Six. That’s bound to be a special performance, so check back for my thoughts on it early next week.

Alyce

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Blogtober Day 2: Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d love to meet

Blogtober Day 2: Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d love to meet

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl.    I’ve already met quite a few authors, but the list of ones I’d like to meet is almost unfathomably long. It’s been hard to choose just […]

Blogtober Day 1: Launch post

Blogtober Day 1: Launch post

Hi guys, I’m really disappointed in myself, because it’s been almost a month since I’ve blogged. I’ll be honest, I thought it was two weeks at the most… Until I logged in and saw my last post date, and was kind of horrified. Where did […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Bingeworthy shows

Top Ten Tuesday: Bingeworthy shows

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

I don’t watch much TV anymore, but back when I was revising for exams in sixth form I constantly had TV on in the background. Most of these shows are ones that I watched during that time, but a few are ones I’ve discovered this year – since having a baby I’ve learnt to appreciate the art of relaxing in front of the TV again!

Have you binged any of these shows yet, or will you be adding them to your queue later?

Alyce

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Blog tour: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Blog tour: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon. A debut novel widely agreed to be one of the most anticipated novels of 2018, it’s an honour to have been invited to participate – a huge thank you to Grace […]