The Foxhole Court | Review


My Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: YA Contemporary/ LGBT Fiction

For Fans Of: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 

Books in Series: The Foxhole Court, The Raven King, The King’s Men

Series title: All For The Game

Trigger warnings for sexual assault and violence.


Let’s preface this with the fact I hate sports. Especially super American college sports. I find them elitist, sexist, and generally pretty annoying.

This was not that.

The All For The Game series follows Neil Josten, a young Exy player with a shady past. Even though he’s on the run, Neil can’t help but sign to The Foxes, a college Exy team made up of players with troubled backgrounds. What follows is a story of finding yourself, facing your problems, and saying fuck you to the assholes in your life. Literally.

This was the sort of life affirming series that has you reading until 3am, heart in your mouth but a giant grin on your face. I fell so deeply for these characters. Their successes had me wanting to paint my walls orange (the colour of The Foxes) and scream from the rooftops. Their heartbreaks, their sadness, their pain had me crying for them and cradling my kindle like it could somehow send some comfort through.

This series is a dark series. I won’t pretend it isn’t. The characters go through significant hardships, but the wonderful thing about these books is that they come out the other side, with help from each other. Over the course of the three books, these characters, this team, become one. They rise to the occasion and tackle their challenges head on. I felt genuine pride for how far they’d all come. This is a book that haunts your soul and demands you take notice of it. These characters grab onto your heart and refuse to let go. At the end of it all, like Neil and his Foxes, you’re left a stronger, wiser, and more fulfilled person than when you went into it.

Despite its dark aspects, this novel is truly heart-warming. The characters start off by mocking the idea of family, even found family, but their relationships blossom and they become a tight knit team.

On a more negative note, I did find the first book confusing the first time I read it. However, on my second read, I understood everything. I think a slower approach to these books is good, as I sped through The Foxhole Court the first time I read it, which I think led to my confusion. The writing does get better over time, with the first book being the weakest. It’s easily overlooked, however, in the light of the strength of the sequels.

The All For The Game series is genuinely remarkable, for its tenacity, fearless story line, and the depth of its characters. If it sounds like your sort of thing, absolutely give it a chance. And if you don’t like sport, trust me, it’s much more than that.

I’m Alice and I’m Bisexual

Hi. My name is Alice and I’m bisexual.

Until a week ago, I thought I was pretty ‘out’. Then I went to see Love, Simon (which was amazing) and realised that I was actually still quite closeted. And I’m a bit sick of that. So now I’m making an effort to tell people that I’m bi.

I had a lot of thoughts about sexuality, coming out, and being bisexual. So many thoughts that I made a Youtube video:


Thanks for reading and/or watching. You should all go see Love, Simon.


(I’m bi)

(Just in case you didn’t know)

Camp Nanowrimo| Week One & How It’s Gone

Week one of Camp Nanowrimo April 2018 is over! It’s been so much fun already this year and there’s still three weeks to go! I’ve had some ups and downs this week (and one small meltdown) but it’s all going well. Want to see more of what I’ve been up to? Here ya go!

I can’t wait for next week and to keep writing, although I need to get writing today first. How is Camp going for everyone else? There’s still 3 weeks left to keep writing!

Why is YA like this?

I got to thinking last night.

How many real life people announce that they have a crush on someone by straight up snogging them? Genuine question.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been in the same relationship since I was 13 but I’ve always been under the impression that when you fancy someone and want to let them know you just . . . tell them. Or awkwardly give them hints. For months on end.

Who just goes straight in for that sweet lip to lip action?

(Please never let me call it sweet lip to lip action again)

Anyway, my point is that until I really thought about it my brain saw nothing wrong with people just suddenly making out. I actually only thought it was normal because I’ve read about it in literally every YA book I own. Where’s the nervous ‘I like you!’s or really terrible flirting hoping they’ll notice? What teenager has the confidence to just get down and dirty with their crush before knowing if they like them back?

It’s so perpetuated my brain that I even wrote it in my own damn book.

So please, is this something other people have come across or is it in my head? Do people really do this and I’m still stuck in my naive 13-year-old self’s beliefs? Let me know!

The TBR Book Challenge

So this is a thing. Pick the top 5 books in your Goodreads tbr list and decide to keep them or chuck them. This is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story but I found it on Twin Tales 🙂

18635004Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn’t do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern day Oracles are told to fight their visions––to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate’s death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.


This is one of my favourite authors. But why, I hear you ask, is it at the bottom of my tbr list if it’s my favourite author? Well, I kept waiting and waiting until I could afford to buy in in paperback as opposed to e-book and then . . . just . . . never did. Now I feel too old for it, and my tastes have moved on.

Keep or Leave? Leave 😦

18599667Don’t You Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Welcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.

This . . . honestly doesn’t sound as interesting as it did before. I’m still intrigued, but I’m less sure about it. I still really want to give it a chance though! I want to know how a mysterious force can infect teens to kill each other. And how our Special Snowflake™ Skylar can change the world.

Keep or Leave? Keep!

12138494Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.

When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?

I remember being so excited about this. Now I’m not so sure why. Sure, it’s got a fairly interesting premise. But I’m bored of the whole chosen one thing, and it sounds like there could be some sort of love triangle. Nothing in it is gripping me.

Keep or Leave? Leave

18490681The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

Yes. This is some Good Shit. I love princesses and arranged marriages and assassins. This is absolutely perfect. Well, except that I see a love triangle looming on the horizon. But I’ll deal with that when I come to it.

Keep or Leave? Keep, keep, keep!

18241263The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

I didn’t realise this was based on The Fall of the House of Usher. Now I’ve read the blurb again (and the blurb now says it’s based on it) it’s obvious. Without knowing that, I would have lost all interest. But I’m excited to see how it might be reworked for a YA audience and be kept fresh and interesting!

Keep or Leave? Keep

Updating my Books- Cover Art and Titles

Whoops I updated my books.

New covers for The Blood Bank and its sequel In Search of Calais:

Yay! Vampires and dystopia and . . . flowers?

Aside from that, I also changed the name of my science fiction novel ‘The Inheritance.’ From henceforth, it shall be known as:

Dirt and Bones, Stars and Stones.

I’m still working on a new cover for that one though. And, you know, the book itself.


We won’t talk about that.

Gemina- Illuminae #2| Review


My Rating: 4.5 of 5 

Pages: 608

Genre: YA Science Fiction

For Fans Of: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner, and Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

This review contains very mild spoilers.

Gemina- twin.

And it certainly is the twin of Illuminae. Gemina is just as rich, dark, and lush. It’s scary and mind-boggling.

Gemina follows Hanna Donnelly, the daughter of the captain of Jump Station Heimdall. If you’ve read Illuminae you’ll know why that’s pretty dang important. There’s also a new love interest on the scene, Nik Malikov, a member of a crime syndicate operating out of Heimdall. And yes, he’s pretty swoonworthy.

The story picks up almost where Illuminae left off. Kady and Ezra are, thankfully, still in it. But less so. My mistake whilst reading it was trying to rush ahead to where the Hypatia met up with Heimdall. I should have been appreciating the story for what it was.

That aside, Gemina was fantastic. Complex, and witty, and still told in a collection of data and documents. I laughed out loud at times, gasped more than once, and grinned to myself on a train at the fate of a certain AI.

Reading on the train back from Gloucester- think I got some strange looks for my reactions!

What let Gemina down slightly for me was the predictability of the first half. It felt like we were simply killing words so we could get to the big reveal at the end. Plus, all that with those freaking mind-sucking worms? Called it.

I was surprised by which characters survived. Once we moved into the second half the pacing evened out and the characters, particularly Hanna and Nik, came into their own. I still cared for Kady and Ezra more, but again I think that one’s on me.

A highly enjoyable, inventive read. Perhaps lacking that sparkle and polish of Illuminae, but still a bloody brilliant book. For the second book in a series, Kristoff and Kaufman knocked this one out of the ballpark. Stunning.

Throne of Glass vs ACOTAR- Would You Rather


This would you rather was made by queen-of-lightning-and-fire on Tumblr 🙂

Would you rather …
1. Paint with Feyre or eat chocolates with Aelin

Paint with Feyre! She could teach me so much and tell me so much about the ACOTAR world. Plus, painting lasts longer than eating 🙂

2. Be mates with Rhys or mates with Rowan

Rhys. I love Rowan, but he’s not my type. Rhys is way more my thing.

3. Be mates with Feyre or mates with Aelin

Feyre! Can you tell I prefer ACOTAR, haha? Aelin would get on my nerves if I was mated to her, but I don’t think I could keep up with Feyre’s witty flirting/banter to be honest.

4. Kill Erawan or kill the King of Hybern

Kill Erawan for sure. He seems like more of a problem right now than Hybern. Like, Rhys could just kill Hybern probs. I know it’s not that easy, but I feel like the ACOTAR characters are more overpowered and have less of a struggle ahead of them than ToG.

5. Learn the King of Adarlans real name or the King of Hypern’s real name

Hybern’s real name! I hope it’s something stupid like Bob.

6. Get book recommendations by Dorian or by Aelin

Aelin! Think of all those steamy romances she’d send you 😉
7. Get Aelin out of the iron coffin or Feyre back from the Spring Court

Aelin out of the coffin. Feyre has the upper hand right now and at any moment could winnow back to the Night Court. She’s also in familiar and not particularly dangerous or hostile territory. Aelin can’t get herself out and is in a very dangerous situation.
8. Have Moriel happen or Nessian happen

Nessian! They’re so perfect together and I forget that Sarah J Maas hasn’t actually confirmed if they’re mates. I like Mor and Azriel together but tbh I’m not bothered.
9. Fly with the thirteen or fly with the Illyrian

The thirteen! Girl power!
10. Be a part of the Court of Dreams or Court of Terrasen

The Court of Dreams. I love the people there too much to not go there. And the aesthetic (stars, night, mountains, cute art shops and restaurants in Velaris) is more me than Terrasen.
11. Have the ToG tv show not be a thing or the prospective ACOTAR movie not be a thing

ACOTAR movie. The ToG tv show will be much longer and so I’ll get way more out of it. Plus, so what if there’s no ACOTAR movie? That just means there could be an ACOTAR tv show 😀
12. Get an arc of ToG6 or ACOWAR

ACOWAR. Without a doubt! I am so pumped for it and I’m sure I will cry.