Guest Post: Default by A Writer’s Canvas

Default noun noun: default; plural noun: defaults dɪˈfɔːlt,ˈdiːfɔːlt/ a preselected option adopted when no alternative is specified. Preselected. I read ‘Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ by my absolute favourite, Becky Albertalli, in little over two hours. If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest scrounging through your local bookstore or ordering it online as soon as possible. A quick overview for some context: Simon Spier is sixteen-years-old and in love with a boy whose real name he doesn’t even know. He meets Blue online and, as Jacques, two closeted gay boys find solace in the anonymity of the other. *SPOILER ALERT* Look away now if you must! Blue turns out to be black (ironic, I know), and a surprised Simon is left asking himself why he assumed he wasn’t. Rather, why he assumed Blue would be white. Because the default – the preselected option adopted when no alternative is […]

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire. REVIEW – Over the last decade or so, I have read my fair share of books that entailed […]

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places. REVIEW – I have waited a long time to read this book, add it to my collection and eventually write this review. Its been months of A Court of Mist and Fury re-reads as well as random theories regarding the finale popping into your head. Like I’ve said in previous post, we don’t know the style of Sarah J. Maas endings so we wouldn’t know how she loves to wrap things up. […]

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The Advent: Redemption by Kimon Alexander

Two beings. One Body. And a critical mission to save the world. The Valdors, ethereal beings from a parallel dimension, have guarded the development of consciousness since the beginning of time. Humanity’s greed and fanaticism have derailed progression towards spiritual evolution, and the Valdor Council has earmarked Sol III (Earth) for annihilation. In one final effort, Balthazar is sent to Earth to redeem Humanity. When Bal connects with the mind of James Baxter, a seasoned police investigator, he must convince him to assist with his mission. Bal and Baxter have to share the same body. Using human effort and Valdor mental power, they combat a drug lord who has hijacked a mind-controlling microchip, and an Islamic extremist who plans to rule the world. Embarking on an adventure of intrigue and ruthlessness, Bal and Baxter’s journey exposes the weaknesses and triumphs of the human character as they struggle for Humanity’s redemption. […]

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say. Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen. Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder. Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout. REVIEW – If you’re the […]

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SA fights Racism on Social Media

Government are looking to improve laws that involve hate speech. There has been yet another resurgence of racist social media post on Twitter and Facebook. The varying post comes hot on the heels of Human Rights Day, causing many South Africans to ask for change. The South African government has released a statement condemning these disruptive post and plan to take criminal action against anyone they believe are undermining the gains made towards social cohesion, nation-building and strengthening the democracy, stating that these post goes against the constitution and causes social tension. Government taking action Government are actively making changes to prevent hate speech. The Department of Justice is in the process of finalizing the National Action Plan against Racism and Related Intolerances, which they believe will strengthen the fight against racism. The Bill to prevent and fight hate crimes and hate speech is also in the process of being […]

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Latest News: What my year looks like

Hi guys, For a while now I’ve been feeling rather down about my blog, presumably because I haven’t posted in quite some time. But I am here to assure you that it wasn’t all my fault and life simply decided to get in the way. I officially started my final-year at University, which not only means I’ll be fully dedicated to my studies but I’ll also be interning at a Media House from June onwards. I’m finally going to put all the skills I’ve obtained over the pass two years to work. But what does this mean for my blog? It doesn’t mean I’m done and hanging up the review gloves but it does mean that I’ll be posting less. However, I am still active on both Twitter and Instagram regularly. So feel free to contact me on those sites ( see icons and sidebar for direct links ). I […]

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Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change. Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to […]

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose […]

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites. Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He […]

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