Goth Girl and the ghost of a mouse by Chris Riddell

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Goth Girl, #1)

Author and Illustrator: Chris Riddell

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s books

Published: 12th September 2013

Genre: Childrens, Fantasy

Source: Library

Date read: 16th January 2016


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Meet Ada Goth. She lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her father, Lord Goth, lots of servants and at least half a dozen ghosts, but she hasn’t got any friends to explore her enormous, creepy house with.

Then, one night, everything changes when Ada meets a ghostly mouse called Ishmael. Together they set out to solve the mystery of the strange happenings at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, and get a lot more than they bargained for…


My thoughts:


Ada Goth lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her father, servants and a few ghosts. Ada’s father likes to keep himself to himself even when it comes to his daughter, he makes her wear clumpy shoes  so he can hear her coming. Ada is very much alone in this huge mansion style house until one evening she meets a ghost in the form of a Mouse called Ishmael.  Ishmael informs Ada that he was killed by a Mouse trap and that he is to roam the hall for all eternity. Together they go and investigate the rooms in which Ishmael was killed when they come upon some strange things and other denizens.

The book had a lot of characters in it, all shapes and sizes all very whimsical but none have much depth to them, you don’t get to find out an awful lot. I wish Ishmael could have been in the book a bit more than he was. He was introduced in chapter 1 and then didn’t have much involvement. The story is very slow to start off with and only really starts to get going in the second half.

This book definitely had its quirks, I loved the use of the footnotes that were written by ‘The foot’ which made me chuckle. There is also literary references such as Von Hellsung and Hebe Poppins. The Comic book at the back was an added bonus! I didn’t realise this was included when I picked it up.

This book is beautiful, it has a purple ribbon and metallic page edges, inside the cover is decorated in a silver/gold foil and also there is an additional pocket with a miniature comic book called ‘Memoirs of  Mouse’. Not only did Chris Riddell Illustrate this book but he also wrote it. I love his artwork, it’s so detailed and definitely stunning to look at all in black and white. Everything was on point regarding presentation.

Overall I rated this 3.5 stars out of 5.


P.S  Is it weird for a grown woman to read kids books? I personally don’t think so! But my daughter who is 8 and my friends thinks it’s strange. Please don’t let me be the only one. Let me know your thoughts. Regardless I will carry on reading them as I find them fun and easy to read.



Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Macmillan children’s books

Published: 3rd July 2014

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Date read  : 17.09.2015

OMG!! This book is the feels of FEELS! I loved it and couldn’t put it down! Rainbow Rowell is now one of my favourite authors.


Fangirl is about identical twins Cath and Wren, these two do everything together even so as going to the same University.

Wren is the more outgoing of the two who just wants to party, make friends and enjoy everything university has to offer. Cath on the other hand is a shy, geeky fan fiction writer that wants to appear invisible to everyone and just get her head down.

Cath has an obsession with a book series called Simon snow and launched her own fan fiction page that carry the story on in different scenes and she is quite a success at it, but it’s literally all she can think about

As the girls have two very different ideas of University they decide not to live together so Cath has to share with Reagan, she has a boyfriend that is always there, encouraging Cath to go out bowling and parties.

Then there is the boy in her fiction writing class that wants to be writing buddies.

Cath soon finds love, but with whom?

I don’t just kiss people. Kisses aren’t… just with me.

My thoughts:

Fangirl is written in a 3rd person POV and started off pretty slow for my liking and I couldn’t see what all the hype was about! At 100 pages in things started to get interesting and the pace was set.

The characters in this book are so relatable and realistic, with Cath and her social anxiety, daily worries and awkwardness, her fathers mental health and Wren going off the rails.

Levi is just the most amazing character I have come across always happy and just there! when you need him. He’s a listener and patient and OMG!! I think I have a fictional crush!

HATED!! the Simon Snow fan fiction parts I thought it was  just a rip off of Harry potter and was not interested in this part at all that I started to skip all these parts and unfortunately there was so much of it

Rainbow Rowell is a contemporary romance genius!  I was even thinking about the book at work, trying to think what was going to happen and what I had already read, that’s how hooked I was on this book.

I never wanted it to end it just made me all warm and fuzzy inside, this would have been a five star book if it wasn’t for the Simon Snow parts

I have read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and I loved it, but I definitely will not be picking up carry on as it’s all about Simon bloody Snow-sorry!

I recommend this to anyone that enjoys contemporary and romance novels.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell book review


Published: April 2012

Publisher: St Martin’s Press 

Genre: YA

Read: 25th July 15

It’s 1986 and Eleanor Douglas is to start her new school and as not being the stereotypical teenager with her big red hair, full figure and bizaar fashion sense is the centre for some unwanted attention.

On the first day of school the bus is packed apart from one seat, next to Park who reluctantly lets her sit beside him.

From then onwards Eleanor sits next to Park everyday and slowly  overtime a friendships is formed from sharing comics/books, mix tapes and other nerdy things.

Eleanor is unfortunately a victim of bullying due to her red hair/bizaar fashion and her home life isn’t any better with her stepfather Ritchie that hates her and is violent towards her mother, whereas Park has a loving family with an occasionally nagging father.

This book covers a few delicate topics such as domestic abuse, bullying and body image

One of the best books I have read this year! I read this in less than 24 hours and I haven’t done that in a while. This is my first Rainbow Rowell novel and definitely will not be the last.
I loved the relationship between these two, it was so sweet, sincere and heartwarming and I never wanted the book to end.

I felt so sorry for Eleanor for feeling so uncomfortable and not having a sense of belonging
This book just left me all warm and fuzzy inside.

I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars .

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