December 2017


So many books, so little time. Does anyone else ever get overwhelmed by how many books there are in the world which I want to read? My to-read list increases far quicker than my read list… This month I read three books, plus re-listened to Matt Haig’s Christmas books but I’m just going to stick with newly read books to review. Here you go:

  • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  • The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell
  • Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

“For once in their lives, they loved themselves.” 


This book is part of a series of Shakespeare’s plays retold. Hag-Seed tells the story of The Tempest. As one who spent most of my childhood confused at Shakespeare, this book really helped me to appreciate his work. I was torn about how many stars I thought it deserved because, to be honest, it was a bit slow. But the further I got through it, the better it was. Margaret Atwood is always impressive.

If you like Shakespeare or The Tempest, then you’d probably enjoy it. Likewise, if you’re an Atwood fan. It’s pushed me to seek out a production of The Tempest playing near me, so it must have been good!

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell

“It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer – tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk”


This was a really sweet and enjoyable kids book. I was drawn in by the mention of polar bears – my favourite animal – but I stayed for the badass girl character and mish-mash group of young adventurers. I even recommended this book to my boyfriend’s young cousin!

It was deliciously random at times. She had so many different pets, I was loving it. It was typical in any way really, it was imaginative, fresh and really readable. All-in-all, this book is a great example of creative and comforting kid lit.

Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

“The true gambler plays for the thrill, the sheer ecstasy of taking part.”


This was the kind of book where it kept me reading because I was waiting and expecting it all to suddenly get good. It wasn’t a bad read at all, but it lacked depth in characters and most importantly, in the climax.

It constantly teased at what could happen and who ends up being the *one* and it’s a case of raising expectations too high so that nothing will ever be good or clever enough. Also, I was expecting much more daring ‘consequences’ seen as it’s claimed to be a thriller – half of the stuff mentioned the characters hugely overreacted to.

Had the characters been more developed and expectations kept low it could have been better. Nevertheless, it kept me reading and I enjoyed it somewhat.

As always, more book reviews are coming in January 2018! In the meantime, keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profileTwitterInstagram and Facebook Page.

Happy reading. 💕📚

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