The Book Trap

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crimson bound

Title: Crimson Bound

Author: Rosamund Hodge

448 Pages

“This is the human way, she thought. On the edge of destruction, at the end of all things, we still dance. And hope.”



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radio silence

Title: Radio Silence

Author: Alice Oseman

410 Pages

“And I’m platonically in love with you.”
“That was literally the boy-girl version of ‘no homo’, but I appreciate the sentiment.”

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Title: Solitaire

Author: Alice Oseman

392 Pages

“As far as I’m concerned, I came out of the womb spouting cynicism and wishing for rain.”

Literary Love Letter: Alice Oseman

It is a normal weekend night. I sit on my dorm bed, wrapped in blankets and resembling either a cocoon or an abnormally large newborn baby. The lights are off, except for my reading lamp, allowing my roommate to see the book in my lap and my deadpan expression as I read and whisper, seemingly unaware of her presence: “Saaame.”

It seems that I, cryptid book-lover and procrastinator extraordinaire, have found yet again, another batch of relatable characters.

I relate easily to any sort of fictional character. Teenage blogger with a stubborn streak? Yep. Romanian assassin who will literally do anything for his friends? Definitely. Incredibly introverted film-connoisseur? Yeah. Fish man who only wants to escape his human-made fish prison? Most certainly. I tend to latch on to small details and slowly merge with the story. BUT. Till this day, there has been only one author who managed to create characters that weren’t just relatable, but also pulled at every string that makes me who I am. And that author is none other than Alice Oseman.

Goddammit, Alice.

Thank you.

Thank you for creating characters with imperfections and problems. Characters that are awkward and unexperienced, who have anxiety and struggle with relationships. Thank you for writing about characters who struggle with talking to new people, who live in their own heads. Thank you for writing real people. This was the first time I’ve ever found characters that actually mirror what my mind looks like, and this really helped me?? Somehow?? I don’t know, I just feel like it means that there are people out there who are like me.

These books are beautifully and quirkily written, and they’re exactly what I needed to get me back into writing and creating. I feel inspired to draw and doodle and sketch and write and just make some freaking art.


Alice has written two novels, Solitaire and Radio Silence. She also has two published novellas, This Winter and Nick and Charlie. Her webcomic, Heartstopper, is one of my all-time favorite things and I cannot wait for her upcoming novel, The Ark.

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Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

376 Pages

“Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.”

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Title: Windwitch

Author: Susan Dennard 

377 pages

Book Two in the Witchlands Series

“Then the figure walked from the fire. His hands flung up like a maestro’s, and wherever his wrists twirled, new fires erupted. Trees, hedges, and even birds- they all ignited in a burst of fiery death.”

Okja Movie Review


Film: Okja (2017)

Director: Joon-ho Bong

Synopsis: “Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja.”

If Netflix hadn’t changed the rating system to thumbs up/down, I would’ve easily given this five whole stars.

There’s quite a bit of violence and disturbing content involving animal abuse, but I feel like it’s necessary for people to see this sort of thing. Even if the Super Pigs are fictional animals, what happens to them is not fat-fetched. Animal cruelty is very real.

The actors were incredible (Jake Gyllenhaal went bonkers, See-Hyun Ahn and Tilda Swinton were really, really great, and I’d like to see more of Paul Dano), and I really liked that they let them speak in Korean instead of having everyone speak English but with accents to make them sound “foreign .”

The scenery and imagery were honestly jaw-dropping, and I gotta give props to their visual effects department, because Okja and all the other Super Pigs were seamless. I just really enjoyed this director’s style and vision for the movie, it’s got a very unique tone to it. Plus, the humor was on point!

Sorta wish I’d caught this at the cinema, so if you get the chance, go for it!




Baby Driver (Movie Review)

Title: Baby Driver (2017)

Director: Edgar Wright

Rated R

Synopsis: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

First, I definitely recommend watching this on the big screen. You obviously can watch it at home, but if you have the chance, skip on over to a cinema.

Second, AJAHQHAOAJBQQOPAKSB DUUUUUUUUDE. This movie left me all jittery and happy and I couldn’t go to sleep because I kept thinking about it. 

Obviously, it’s got some awesome action scenes, not just with Ansel Elgort driving around like the cars are extensions of his body, but also with them pulling off heists and running from police and just being general pests to society. 

The characters were GREAT, especially Jon Hamm’s. Baby’s (Ansel Elgort) adoptive father was a highlight, Lily James was adorable and her scenes with Ansel really balanced out the movie (kept it from becoming all grits). I felt like Kevin Spacey disappeared a bit towards the end, but still made a difference.

But. What I really loved was the music. Baby is always listening to music, like alllllll the time, and the scenes seem to happen to the rhythm of whatever song he’s listening to at the time. It’s such a quirky and stylized thing, and it ends up really setting the movie apart from everything else. 

Also, do you ever just see a shot that is so incredibly aesthetically pleasing that it pulls a little bit at your cold, cold heart? Yeah. Now imagine an entire movie made solely of those shots. I don’t mean that they were pretty or whatever, they were just so pleasing to the cinematic eye. I just really appreciate the symbolism, man. 

I 100% recommend watching Baby Driver. Seriously, go watch it dude. 

P. S. ((SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER)) The entire scene with Baby, Debora and Buddy towards the end, with Buddy in the car seeing red and looking absolutely crazy, was so perfect. It had me putting a hand to my heart like some stereotypical southern belle. 

-The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue- by Mackenzie Lee

the gentlemans guide to vice and virtue


An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
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