Review: Maus: A Survivors Tale by Art Spiegelman

Title: Maus: A Survivors Tale

Author/Creator: Art Spiegelman

My rating: 4.75

Goodreads rating: 4.34

Genre: Historical (Memoir)

Cover: 4/5

This is a strong, eye catching cover which kept me glancing back at it while I was at the library looking for some graphic novels.


This is a brilliant graphic novel. Even though I finished this about a week and a half ago (I know this review was overdue), I still remember the emotions that this memoir evoked in me. Disgust, anger, confusion. All very bold emotions and I can honestly say is what the memoir wants us to feel. It is a completely naked account of the war which is gripping and full of detail throughout. I love how the characters are mice or other animals, so you can kind of pursue the story even through all of the horrific stuff which gets told in the novel.

It’s a little hard to seperate this review into different separate parts so I will just group all of my thoughts and feelings together instead.

“To die, it’s easy. But you have to struggle for life.”

Firstly I am going to talk about what actually happens in this graphic novel. The memoir follows Art trying to note down the horrid memories of the holocaust through, Vladek, his father ; a cranky, depressed old man who seems to still be wrecked with the nightmares of the second world war. How Art described the relationship between himself and his father was exquisite. you can really sense the tension between them and it is weaved in through all of the beautifully drawn pictures. Seriously, the pictures awesome.

Both Art and his father are complicated in a humanly sort of way. They both have inner conflicts which most likely come from the suicide of Art’s mother and Vladek’s first wife which happened only a couple of years before the the graphical novel takes place. This leads to many interesting family dynamics which really lead you to carry on through the whole novel.

The majority of the memoir is told through the memories of Vladek from where he meets his first love to where he ends up in a concentration camp and so on. Some parts where seriously hard to read through especially when the images are so harshly drawn (does that make sense? I’m no artist) and vivid that it really just takes your breath away. I did get through it though because Vladek’s journey is just too good not to read. It’s full of many of many ups, but many more downs and so much luck! Sometimes you forget you are reading about a real person’s life.

“Disaster is my muse.”

When reading something in a Jew’s perspecitive in World War II, it is almost certain that you will find out some really horrific realisations about what went down. When I was younger I was so interested in world war two. Call it something of a fascination on how people can be so horrid to each other. But now, if just find the whole topic rather depressing and even the quote at the start of the book ‘The Jews are undoubtedly a race, but they are not human’ by Adolf Hitler just sends a shiver down my spine. The book has a load of depressive tones to it and a load of sad moments which makes me want to rip the heart out of Hitler Regina style (OUAT reference, sorry).

The only downfall of this brilliant, beautiful graphic novel? The lack of a ending, but I guess I should just pick up the second part because I really need to know how this memoir completes.

What I liked:

  • The artwork is stunning.
  • The writing is stunning.
  • The story which is told is stunning.

What I disliked:

  • Where did that ending go?

Verdict: This graphic novel has everything I love in a story. Interesting characters, drama, a twisting and turning plot. But this isn’t a story. This is- well was real life for many Jews during World War II and this is a graphic novel everyone should be racing to read, think about and enjoy.

I’ll write soon.




October Wrap Up + November TBR!

Happy 1st November! I think we can officially start counting down until Christmas! I hope your reading month was brilliant and enriching, please link below your Wrap Ups and TBRs so that I have something to read while doing NaNoWriMo!

Here is my October Wrap Up first!

It felt like a lifetime ago since I read the Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, but I did and my review is here!

After that I completed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which I loved reading! The review is also here.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was next and this book smashed my feels pieces them back together and then smashed them again. Meaning, this book was brilliant! Review here.

Town of evening calm, Country of cherry blossoms was a lovely read and first graphical novel I read in a long time! If you want to check out the review click here!

I read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell guys. And I liked, not loved it, but still thoroughly enjoyed it I believe. You know the drill, the review is here.

And then guess what? I read Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and it was kiss ass awesome! I LOVED IT SO MUCH THE SEQUEL NEEDS TO BE IN MY HANDS NOW! If you want more coherent thoughts the review is right here.

Though Shadow and Bone wasn’t as polished and clean as Six Of Crows it was still awesome and I can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy. Review.


I made quick with Spinner by Tabi Card which was a e-copy of a book sent to me for review! A lovely fast paced read! Review.

The final book I read for October was the Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. A review to come soon but it was a really solid book in my opinion.

November TBR time!

And my pile is going to be extremely short, but don’t worry it’s just because of NaNoWriMo. I’m going to try to write loads at the start so that I’m not panicking at the end, but hopefully I get to read throughout the month anyway.

So, I need to finish off Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Also today I started reading Maus by Art Spigelman and I am loving it! It should be finished soon, so there’s another review for all of you!

And hopefully I will get to More Than This by Patrick Ness which people have been telling me is great.

And that’s all because I don’t want to promise anything that I can’t deliver.

So to summarise I have had a great month with reading for October, but it will be on the back burner while in November.

Remeber to link all your TBRs and Wrap Ups below and I’ll write soon!





The Versatile Blogger Award

Hey everyone! How is your Friday going? I am completely stressed out already and NaNoWriMo hasn’t even started out yet! From quickly writing up blog posts to making sure I don’t switch my plot last minute and making sure I do all the tags/awards that I had been tagged to do!

Anywho, enough about me and more about this super awesome award I have been nominated for. I was nominated by Jordan Bates from I Will Never Own Enough Books. Thank you for nominating me and you guys should check out her blog because it’s awesome!

Now the rules are:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you.
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself.
  • Nominate a number of blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination 

Here are my totally not cool facts about me.

  1. I do not trick or treat.
  2. I hate coffee ( so I don’t know how I’m going to survive during November)
  3. I love toffee
  4. Frequently during the day you would see me sipping on some warm water with lemon slices.
  5. Today was the first time I went to a funeral.
  6. After book shopping, clothes shopping is the best kind of shopping.
  7. Cookies are life! (Seriously they are)

And my nominations are…

Sarah’s Book Addiction


The Girl Who Read Too Much

Book Adventures

Tea and Paperbacks

My Story Of My Teenage Life

The Readers Compass

Behind On Books

Paige By Paige

There, one post out of the way!

Comment a random fact about yourself down below!

I’ll write soon.


Review: Spinner By Tabi Card

Title: Spinner

Author: Tabi Card

My Rating: 3.75

Goodreads Rating: 4.01


“Tomorrow morning I am going to die. My limbs are straight, my hair a dull, flaxseed brown – magic’s curse doesn’t touch me. I can’t spin straw into gold any more than a magic user can escape deformity.” 

Greta is trapped by a lie. When the king hears her father’s deceitful claim of her spinning magic, he takes her and promises to end her life if she cannot spin a room of straw into gold by morning. 

But then the mysterious, magical spinner comes. His nightly appearance saves her life…and further tangles the web of lies she has woven for her survival. 

As Greta finds her heart slipping towards a love both dangerous and impossible, a question haunts her: how long will the charade last? 

Cover: 3/5

I really like this cover- it intrigued me into the story and I will say it now and say it again, covers are really important! Even though we all say don’t judge a book from it’s cover, we do and on this particular occasion it paid off!


I received a e-copy of this novella from the writer for reviewing purposes. All opinions and thoughts are mine purely.

First of all I want to say that the author, Tabi Card, is a really sweet person and it is always nice to speak to a kind, hardworking author from time to time.

Secondly, I enjoyed reading this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. It put a YA twist on the old take which I would of loved to read as a full length novel.


The plot for the story  was rather simple, because this is a novella, but executed rather nicely. The story follows a girl, Greta, who is practically sold off to the King after her father boasts of her nonexistent  powers of turning straw to gold. Greta gets locked up every night so that she can change a whole room full of straw into gold, but a mysterious boy slips into the room every night and saves her from inevitable death that would be greeting her if her lies came to the surface.

It was a super fast read and the story always kept me wanting more at the end of a chapter.

One thing I have to say though is that there could of been more suspense. Not just the same I hope she doesn’t die thought at the end of the chapter. Another dynamic would of brought my life into the story I feel which would of made me feel more connected to the whole story overall.

Also more backstory! More backstory for the story, I really love immersing myself into a fantasy world and sadly the world building was running a little too thin for my liking.


Card’s writing was smooth and easy to read. I didn’t have any major issues with it but I crave description which is probably why I loved the Night Circus so much. That was what the novel was lacking in which is a shame because I can categorically say that if that writing was more descriptive it would of been a more engaging read.


Greta was an overall nice character. I felt really sympathetic towards her  situation, but again I wish I could of known more about her to build more of an attachment towards her.

I liked how The Spinner’s character was shrouded with mystery (I think I’m just drawn to mysterious characters anyway cough cough Kaz Brekker cough the Darkling cough) and his sinister act at the end of the Novella was very appreciated! I actually think his character was well written though a more in depth encounters with him would help develop his character more.

And now to the King. I really wish that his character was just something more than I got. Okay his a greedy King, but what else? At the end of the story it was a little frustrating and I was almost confused with his character.

What I liked:

  • The plot was an interesting take on Rumpelstiltskin
  • The writing was light and easy to read.
  • Fast, page turning read

What I didn’t like:

  • Writing sometimes too simplistic
  • The character of the King want developed
  • Not enough description/backstory

Verdict: Even though I feel like I was a little harsh in this review, I did enjoy this book and I feel like you would too if you are into fairy tale retelling, mysterious love interests or just fun reads which don’t just leave you hollow, but with a warm feeling.

You can purchase Spinner now on Amazon for 99p or $1.50 for Kindle.( I really hope a paperback addition comes soon!)

I’ll write soon.




Fast or slow reader?

Many people consider me a fast reader if a book in three days but I consider people fast readers if they read a book in a day!

So this question just stumbled into my mind and it is how do you define a fast reader? And do you think you’re a fast reader?

Do you think reading a book in a week is fast? A couple of hours? And what about a slow reader?

Please leave your answers below because I am really interested to see how I fit in the spectrum.

I’ll write soon.


My first book signing- Leigh Bardugo 

Recently, I went to a Leigh Bardugo book signing/ chat where she-obviously- sighned some books and talked comically about writing, the Grisha world and what type of Grisha she would be (that question curtesy of moi).

It was brilliant! Bardugo is such a character and definitely a person you would want to call when you’re feeling down. She answered the typical questions like how did you come up with Kaz (which she replied with an analogy of a stew) and if she would write anything in the Grisha trilogy after the Six Of Crows soon, but she also had to answer the question on what would the patroni be for each of the crows and if she liked David over Mal (or another character I can’t remember).

I went on my own because no one in my social circle had read anything from Leigh Bardugo before and they weren’t the reading type but I didn’t feel alone. I exchanged excited glances to other Bardugo fans and felt a warm buzz around me. Sadly I wasn’t the confident and outgoing person who would start up a conversation with someone just because they said The Darkling, but it did feel nice to join up with other readers and budding writers.

It was the first time I was around like minded people since I started reading a lot again.

Leigh Bardugo also exchanged many tips to the audience about writing. The one solid piece I rembered was not to compare my writing to a published book because that could be an author’s third or fourth draft. Also she said not to be too critical on yourself and to always stick to a story if you have confidence in it. Overall it was a big confidence boost and especially helpful since NaNoWriMo is literally around the corner.



While my books were getting signed I made some awkward small talk to her, but she made some jokes to break the ice. When she asked my what Grisha I would be (she answerd Heartrender by the way) I literally panicked and said and I kid you not I think a Heartrender too because I like to hurt people when I’m in a mood. 

WHAT! If that didn’t make me sound like a young psychopath I wouldn’t know what would! And then she said that that’s not really nice is it chuckling along. I felt like falling on the floor in embarrassment.

Anyway, if you do get the chance to meet Leigh Bardugo please do because she is so nice and funny and a real inspiration for us newbie writers out there!

I’ll write soon.


The Infinity Dream Award

I didn’t feel like reviewing today (I just started Carry On and I am loving it! I should be finished with it by Wednesday), so I am doing a tag instead! I got tagged by the all amazing Trisha Ann from The Bookgasm and all of you should definitely check her blog out!

So the rules of the tag are:

-You give 11 facts about yourself.

-You answer 11 questions.

Simple right? So lets do this tag!


  • I love baths! I just love the time that comes with having a bath- you can reflect on your day and think through your problems. I will a bath over a shower any day!
  • I am currently top in my Biology class.
  • Cartoon Network was my life as young child! The nostalgia kills me!
  • I haven’t read to Kill A Mocking Bird YET!
  • I have a big Winnie the Pooh teddy bear at the bottom of my bed.
  • Yogurt is love, Yogurt is life.
  • I love snow.
  • I suck at math.
  • Shakespearean English goes completely over my head.
  • I have a potty mouth- it’s a huge problem!
  • Long bus/car journeys are the best journeys EVER!- I seriously live for them.


1. What is always guaranteed to make you laugh?

A TV show called Have I Got News For You and it comes on BBC 1. I takes the piss out of politicians and politics in general. When that show is on, you are always guaranteed a laugh from me!

2. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you?

A book, a winter coat and a tent. Oh, but not any tent- a magical tent, like the ones in Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire. I’m pretty sure that Mr Weasley would be happy enough to lend me his. I mean you basically have a whole house, with water and shelter!

3. How did you meet your best friend?

School. No where special, sorry!

4. Where is your favourite place to go in your home town?

Maybe my local library, because I can read while looking out on to the city. And it’s only five minutes away from my house!

5. Do you have any piercings/tattoos? If so, where/what/how many?

I have the standard eye piercings, but no tattoos. I would love to have one either on my wrist of upper arm. Or even on my ankle with something in Japanese.

6. Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited?

Well, I’ve been Disney Land which was magical. I wish I was older so I can recall more memories from my trip.

7. Through blogging, what’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Commenting. Commenting on other people’s posts is a little scary at first because I didn’t want to screw up my first comment and I did by not adding a letter on a word! But now it is more fun commenting on people’s posts and interacting with other bloggers.

8. Who is your favourite superhero?

I don’t have a favourite fictional superhero, but my favourite superhero overall has to be my dad. He can kick some butt if he has too!

9. What was the last bad book you read?

I tried reading Twilight a few weeks back and….it just was not working out for me.

10. What was the last 5-star rating you gave?

The Book Thief! I absolutely loved that book with all of my heart (and tears!)

11. What do you never leave the house without?

PHONE, purse, my eos lip balm and a tissue!

Me with my phone

I tag…

Inspire Script

Books with Chemistry 

The Galaxial Word

1-800 Books

Rachael Reads

It’s All About Books

Shaye Lorraine’s Blog

and anyone who wants to do this tag- just make sure to link back to the post when you do!

I’ll write soon.


Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genres: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 
5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.35

Summary (Goodreads):

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


I love how the cover is so simply yet so symbolic. It seems like Liesel had been dancing with Death all through her life, so this is very fitting.   


Wow. Just honestly wow. I will have to say more for this to be a valuable review, but wow. This book is absolutely stunning. Half of this review is going to be spoiler free, while the other half is going to be full of them because I have so much to say. When I was only a measley 70-100 pages in, people were already telling me that I am going to love this book, or that it is a brilliant book or that it is the best book they have read. Well, I did love this book and it was (as I said before) stunning and it is definietly up there with some of the best books I have read.

During those 70 pages I don’t really feel connected to the characters but fast forward 300 pages and I was ugly crying over a sentence.

Writing: I had to make this catergory just for the Book Thief because how it is beautifully written impacts how you read and feel the book so much. If you have saw the blurb for this book, you would know that it is narrated by Death. Death is a very straight talking, cynical and curious narrator I have to tell you. But he is brilliant at story telling. Even though when I started reading this book I thought the writing was absolutely weird, choppy at some points,  you DO get used to it and I found Death quite comforting in a twisted way. And obviously this is a very unique way to write a novel.

Plot: As I think I have said before, I don’t really read Historical Fiction books set in world war two just because I find them too depressing to read, but though the book had a blanket of depressive tones, the blanket never suffocating. Though some chapters were heavier than other, it was still light- if that makes sense. I loved following Liesel’s story because while she was still a child, she wasn’t blinding naive , she had an air of wit to her which helped me follow on a story of a girl much younger than me.

Themes: There is no hope in this book. And when there IS hope in this book, it disappears in an instant thanks to our very own narrator. I would say the over arching theme to this story is words and how powerful they are. Words, spoken, written or read it doesn’t matter, in this book literally determines if a character survives or not, or if they a have a good three months or a crap three months. By the last 150 pages of this book, I really started to understand that, maybe because Death kept on reminding me.


Liesel is a joy to read about. She is smart, passionate, rebellious and she loves books! Her character is really intriguing because she is only 10 when this novel starts and you read her growing up until she is a teen. Liesel becomes this confident, well put together girl and all you have to do is read some of the earlier chapters about her and then read the lasts chapters of the book to see that. Character development executed finely. She is funny as well! I found myself laughing at her lines of speech sometimes. I think the words, saumensch and saukerl will be permenanatly stuck in my vocab.

Max is a wonderfully deep character as well. I really liked how we are introduced to him as well, just a small, unassuming chapters in the book, and he blossoms into this beautiful character. His fighting spirit defines him a lot and it is because of that fighting spirit which makes his core strong even though he is crumbling on the outside. His generally, sweet and kind character really left me wanting to read more about how he copped during the later struggles he faced.

Hans must be one of the best father characters written. His character oozes warmth like hot chocolate. He is written so smoothly and real, he has flaws which pushed him into some deep trouble I’m telling you that, but he is just a man. I could almost here is accordian playing or smell the cigarette smoke when he was smoking. Hans is a character that every body should try to be like.

What I liked:





What I disliked:

-The epilogue could of been explained and described a bit better


What are you waiting for? You will love this book, I garantee (and hope!). Adults and children alike should experience the great writing of  Mark Zusak.

SPOILER ZONE- cross at your own risk!


What the hell? Everyone dying on Himmel Road except for Liesel! I was crying my eyes out. I am so not use to reading books where the happy ending really isn’t that happy at all.

Even before that. DEATH IS SUCH A SAUKERL! He was basically spolling the book which made me so apprehensious and always on edge. And Rudy…I was crying my eyes out every time Death was like ‘he will never get that kiss’ or ‘it’s a shame he only has three months’. ARE YOU KIDDING ME DEATH! Are you seriously telling me that Rudy is dying in three chapters! Not on. That’s when I started disliking death a little. Who am I kidding, a lot actually.

And please you guys need to tell me what you think of this ending. Even though this book was a definite 5 stars, the ending was slightly odd. I wish the epilogue was longer- I would love to know if Liesel became a writer, or if Max started fighting again.

I still can’t believe Rudy is dead and that her didn’t get his kiss…seriously bombs suck.

Okay I think I might cry again, so I am going to finish off this post.

I would love to hear you thoughts on this amazing book, so comment below.

I’ll write soon.


Review: Town Of Evening Calm, Country Of Cherry Blossoms by Fumiyo Kouno


Title: Town Of Evening Calm, Country Of Cherry Blossoms
Author: Fumiyo Kouno
Genres: Sequential Art (Manga), Historical Fiction
My Rating: 
3.75- 4 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.01

Summary (Goodreads):

What impact did World War II and the dropping of the atomic bomb have on the common people of Japan? Through the eyes of an average woman living in 1955, Japanese artist Fumiyo Kouno answers these questions. This award-winning manga appears in an English translation for the first time. Fumiyo Kouno’s light, free style of drawing evokes a tender reflection of this difficult period in Hiroshima’s postwar past. As the characters continue with everyday life, the shadow of the war and the atomic bombing linger ghostlike in the background. Kouno’s beautiful storytelling touches the reader’s heart but is never overly sentimental. A widely embraced best seller in Japan, where the work was also controversial, Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms is the winner of several prestigious awards including Grand Prize at the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival (2004), New Life Award at the 9th Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prizes (2005). Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms is made up of interconnected short stories; the first is a love story entitled Town of Evening Calm; followed by the two-part story Country of Cherry Blossoms.

Cover: 3/5

A cute, simple cover which is very misleading for the plot. I like how the girl is so carefree even though she is having so many heavy thoughts and feelings during the manga.


Review: It had been months- no that’s too generous- years since I read manga and even on the Wednesday afternoon I did borrow this book from the library I didn’t have manga on my mind when I wanted to pick up some graphic novels. But this book stood out to my on the bookshelves, I didn’t know if it was the long title (I am a P!ATD fan after all, I’m drawn to long titles) or the simply yet pretty artwork on the cover.

Whatever it was, I am very happy I picked up this Manga.

Plot: The whole theme of the manga was centered around people trying to live after the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during the tail end of the second world war. The manga is split up into two stories, Town of evening calm and Country of cherry blossoms and only has 104 pages! So you can tell it was a rather quick read.  The first story (TOEC) was very very good. It follows Minami Hirano, a young woman who lives with her mother, a clerk in an office who has depressing flashbacks to when the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima. There is also a sweet side plot as well with her love interest, Yutaka- a collegue. Altogether the plot for Minami’s story is really tragic and eye-opening as well. It was beautifully written- or well drawn.

The second story (COCB), centers around Nanami Ishikawa, who is Minami’s brother’s daughter, and who the ripples of the atomic bomb still affect generations of the same family. Now this plot did seem a bit  unclear. This is probably because they flashed forward a bit, and then flashed back and flashed back and there were other sub plots that confused me further after that. I did like the second story, lets be clear, but it wasn’t as clear as the other one.

Characters: Minami is just a normal woman in the story and I think that works in its favour. This book is suppose to show what it is like for normal woman after the atomic bomb. I felt so sorry for her because of the suvivors guilt she was carrying. She was written really nicely and real, so she was enjoyable to read, despite the whole saddening undertones.

Nanami on the other hand felt like a naive teenage, which helped demonstrate how even after a small space of time the next generation start to forget about the horrors of the generation before them. She seemed like just the microphone for the story and not really anyone important, to be honest.

What I liked:

-The drawings were marvelous

-How such a heavy topic was weaved into an enjoyable story

-The great storytelling in the first story

What I disliked:

-How unclear the second story was

-That it was so short! I wanted more!

Verdict: I seriously enjoyed learning about these two women’s stories as it is a really important thing to still talk about. I do recommend this manga to anyone who is interested in this subject matter or curious about how people were affected after the bomb because even though this is fictional it oozes reality.