Fictional Bucket List

Bucket Lists are something that is becoming more and more popular to create whether that is a list of things to do before your 30 or before you have children. This varies between individuals and what is on the list is vastly personal.

This list is different however as it is all fictional or to do with fiction books.

  • Spend a day in the beasts library (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Go shopping at Diagon Alley (Harry Potter)
  • Walk through a Wardrobe with Lucy (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Solve a Mystery with Sherlock Holmes (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
  • Fly to Neverland with Peter Pan (Peter Pan)
  • Have a seat at the Mad Hatters Tea Party (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Have my own Baku (Jinxed)
  • Attend the Gallagher Girls Academy for Exceptional young girls (Gallagher Girls Series)
  • Solve a case with DI Callanach (DI Callanach Series)
  • Spend time in space with Lindley Hamilton (This Splintered Silence)

Many Thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment what you would include in your fictional bucket list!

This Splintered Silence – Mini Review

This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson is a YA Science Fiction novel set on the Lusca Space Station. Ever since every first generation crew member was killed by a deadly virus Lindley Hamilton has had to step up and become commander like her mother. Lindley and her 5 fellow friends step up to become the people in charge and we follow Lindley’s journey as she faces challenge after challenge. After members of the surviving population start to die she must figure out why and how to stop more deaths.

I really enjoyed this book and I was quite surprised that I did. I am not usually a fan of science fiction books or books set in the future however this book had mystery and suspense throughout. As we read we find out what exactly is happening on the space station alongside Lindley and are given no extra information which allows the reader to find out what has actually happened right at the end of the book at the same time as the characters. The story line is engaging and well thought out with challenges such as lack of water that is generally only something that relates to being in space.

Lindley Hamilton is a strong female lead in this novel and we see how she changes after every new challenge appears. She is vulnerable like everyone else and we do get to see that side of her as she copes with becoming commander so young and with little inexperience. Her mother greatly influences her time as commander and we can see how she puts this into practice. Although all the first gen crew members and the survivors parents are no longer there we can see how they are helping the characters every day. She has been thrown into a very intense role and we get the chance to see inside her head and understand exactly what she is feeling and thinking.

I really liked the characterisation in this book. They are realistic and genuine. They are not all portrayed as completly capable and knowledgable and we can see the strain the deaths have put on them. As new deaths appear and challenges including low food and water supplies we see how the relationships between the characters change. This novel is strongly character based which I enjoyed as you got to see them grow. The novel often focuses more on the characters reactions (mainly Lindley as it is written from her POV) that the actual events themselves which is an intriguing read.

The structure of this novel is something I really enjoyed as well. It is written in short chapters which often makes me read more in a sitting. If I am reading and decide to stop I often say to myself ‘the next chapters only a couple pages long, I will read that and then stop’. I rarely say that once as well. It think this obviously says something about the story as I don’t want to put the book down however shows how the writer can use the structure to this advantage.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to readers of YA, Science Fiction or Mystery novels as it contains elements of all. I would also recommend this book to readers who like a strong character based book like myself. I really enjoyed this book and the style of writing and I would love to read more from this novel in the future!

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you have every read this book or have any Science Fiction recommendations)

Book Box Club – December

Theme: Rule the Stars

In this months box we got a bunch of goodies all related to the above theme. To begin with we got a lovely cinder candle by Elvenwick Candles which is scented with juniper, elderberries, orange and cranberries. Included was also a unashamedly bookish 2019 calendar by book box club alongside red rising pencil. A kady purse illustrated by Rowatree was also including as well as an astronaut bath bomb by Druid and the Witch.

As well as all of this we also received this months featured book which is; The Splintered Silence by Kayla Olsen.

This book is all about Captain Lindley we she navigated through chaos after the previous astronauts on the space station die from a deadly virus. Will she be able to survive this trip and solve the ships deadly secrets ?

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you receive these boxes or similar ones or have ever read the featured book )