BOOK REVIEW- Lonely werewolf girl

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  • Author: Martin Millar
  • Genre: Supernatural, drama, comedy
  • Book length: 558 pages
  • Setting: modern day London/ Scotland

Spoiler free plot summary:

After brutally attacking her Father (who is the Thane of a powerful werewolf clan in Scotland) troubled teenager Kalix is on the run, and living rough in London. Not only does she have to cope with depression, drug dependency and an eating disorder she is being hunted down by werewolf hunters, hired assassins and her brothers.  

Meanwhile back in Scotland a war is beginning to brew, with the Thane fallen and close to death the question of who should take his place arises. Tension builds, deals are struck, and battles are had.

But don’t worry this book isn’t all doom and gloom.

GOOD POINTS

  • Has a large cast of unique and diverse characters
  • Which includes plenty of strong ladies
  • Deals with mental health issues sensitively without romanticising them.
  • Skillfully juggles multiple stories
  • All of the characters are morally grey, which I find refreshing.
  • Features loads of different locations around London- not just the landmarks.
  • It can be very funny one moment and really intense the next.
  • Contains lots of excellent werewolf fight scenes
  • It has some amusingly unexpected sub plots about the perils of fashion, the Camden music scene and the love lives of two human students.
  • This book is very easy to read, thanks to the short chapters and Martin Millars to the point writing style.
  • The way it handles romance almost makes it an anti-twilight.
  • Characters develop is small subtle ways through out the book

BAD POINTS

  • A couple of characters really annoyed me
  • Depending on your personal taste some subplots will get dull.
  • Martin Millars writing is very simple, sometimes it can feel like he is just writing a list of events happening.
  • Arguable there are too many characters, leaving many underdeveloped and pointless as a result.
  • Scotland was seriously underused as a location.
  • The werewolf hunter subplot was so lazy it should have been completely cut out of the book.

RATING

6/10

YOU MIGHT ENJOY THIS BOOK IF YOU-

  • are 16- 25 yo
  • Love books set in London
  • Like the idea of someone putting a modern twist werewolves and other super natural creates.
  • Don’t mind fictional characters who are either depressed, whiny, melodramatic, murderous, manipulative or aloof.
  • Not a fan of over romanticized, idealistic stories.
  • Dislike dense, wordy books.
  • Not looking for a super serious read
Anonymous asked: Do you know how easy/hard it is for an American to move to England?

Evening anon,

I’m afraid I’m not very knowledgeable on this subject (since I’m from England.) but from what I understand if you’re not from the EU it can be difficult. 

I did a quick Google search and found a basic wikihow page on the matter, it talks about different visas you can apply for, and briefly discusses house and job hunting.

I also found this informative little blog post written by an American living in London, it goes into a bit more detail about work visas. Hopefully these links will put you on the right track! 

A week or so ago I found this photo buried at the bottom of one of my Facebook albums. It was taken during my first term of university I’d just moved to London and everything was still so overwhelming and crazy for me.
I’m reposting this photo here because three years ago today I started up this blog as a way of documenting my time in London. So it seemed fitting :)

A week or so ago I found this photo buried at the bottom of one of my Facebook albums. It was taken during my first term of university I’d just moved to London and everything was still so overwhelming and crazy for me.

I’m reposting this photo here because three years ago today I started up this blog as a way of documenting my time in London. So it seemed fitting :)

I discovered this terrifying photo set in my gallery. I guess this horse disliked having his photo taken…

I’m currently clearing out my phone gallery, so I thought I’d post some left over food photos.

These pictures are from a meal I had after my graduation ceremony a couple of weeks ago. My family and I went to a bar/ restaurant called Browns, you can find them all over England.

None of these dishes were actually mine (apart from the ginger beer haha) but from what I’m told they were all delicious.

1) smoked salmon and rocket.

2) beef and ale pie with creamy mash and broad beans. I know the pie looks a bit burnt on top but the inside was perfect, full of nice big chunks of meat.

3) hawks alcoholic ginger beers. This is a really tasty drink, I believe it was brewed in London as well.

4) chicken liver pâté

5) chicken and spinach tagliatelle

Browns is a slightly more up market chain restaurant, its decor, food and general atmosphere is a lovely mixture of cosy and class. So if you want to try some  traditional english food (among other things like pasta) in a quieter more adult restaurant Browns is a safe bet.

I went out for a nice meal today with my boyfriend and his family. Here are a couple of photos I snapped of our food :)

1) Dans mum ordered haggis and black pudding (fried pork blood). I’ve never tried anything like this dish before (haggis is quite uncommon down south) so I had a taste. it was actually not bad, very meaty!

2) my main was Cajun salmon, steamed rice, beet root purée and sour cream. I ordered it because I was curious about how Cajun spices would taste on fish, it ended up being a nice twist to a typical salmon fillet. Though the beet root purée was a bit random

3) nice little side salad to go with my main, I ended up tipping it onto my plate.

4) for desert we shared waffles with caramelised apples and one scoop of apple toffee ice team. It was damn tasty I wish I had it all to myself :P

China towns “Cuppacha” is my favourite bubble tea shop in London. It has a great range of flavours, quick service and its tea actually tastes like tea! I find with other places (like bubbleolodgy in Soho) the only thing I can taste is synthetic fruit or syrup. So gross.
My favourites drinks at Cuppacha are-
winter melon lemon (This is perfect on a really really hot day, its like lemonade with a twist!)
white peach oolong (My go too drink all year round)
Lemon Green tea or black tea
Rose black tea
Honey green tea
I must admit I’m not very adventurous with my orders… I always have my tea cold with tapioca pearls and either 0% or 30% sugar. I also really dislike milk bubble tea, this is just a matter of personal taste~ you might enjoy it.
If you’re ever in London in the summer I recommend trying some. It can be really refreshing :)

China towns “Cuppacha” is my favourite bubble tea shop in London. It has a great range of flavours, quick service and its tea actually tastes like tea! I find with other places (like bubbleolodgy in Soho) the only thing I can taste is synthetic fruit or syrup. So gross.

My favourites drinks at Cuppacha are-

  • winter melon lemon (This is perfect on a really really hot day, its like lemonade with a twist!)
  • white peach oolong (My go too drink all year round)
  • Lemon Green tea or black tea
  • Rose black tea
  • Honey green tea

I must admit I’m not very adventurous with my orders… I always have my tea cold with tapioca pearls and either 0% or 30% sugar. I also really dislike milk bubble tea, this is just a matter of personal taste~ you might enjoy it.

If you’re ever in London in the summer I recommend trying some. It can be really refreshing :)

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