Book Review | “Goblin Fruit” (Gobbled, #1) by S.E. Burr


Title: Goblin Fruit
Gobbled, #1
S.E. Burr
December 2012
My Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis

You think a fairy tale is just a story.

What if it hides a message?

All Clarity’s mom ever gave her is the fairy tale storybook, Goblin Market.

Her whole life, Clarity has helped care for her mother, a mindless, shuffling shell of a person.

At sixteen, Clarity meets Audrey, a girl filled with grief and guilt over her brother who has been struck with the same affliction.

With nothing but a cryptic clue from Goblin Market, Clarity and Audrey risk their lives to cure the people they love.


I think it’s a sure sign of how cynical I’ve been feeling recently that I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. When I picked it up I knew absolutely nothing about it and, I guess because of the number of lower ratings I’ve given recently, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it.

But I really did.

Goblin Fruit tells the story of Clarity and Audrey, whose mother and brother respectively have entered a catatonic state of living death due to taking a drug called goblin fruit. This drug is extremely dangerous due to having this effect, and as such there are strict controls around it. They go so far as to wear gloves at all times and holding hands has become taboo—see, if you’ve taken the drug the chemical leaks through your hands, and anyone who’s exposed gets cravings from the drug. Obviously, the girls want to save their loved ones, but it doesn’t look like there’s a way.

And, okay, I really enjoyed this book. It’s just so different from the young adult books that I’ve been reading, especially in the fantasy and supernatural genre, and it was wonderful. A nice change. I don’t even expect my usual brand of sarcasm to drip much into this review because I just … I liked this book, okay?

Goblin Fruit was, for me, a welcome difference in so many ways from the other young adult books I’ve been reading. First off, there’s a trio of characters at the forefront—Clarity, Audrey, and Todd—and at no point does it get overly romancey. And, yay, no love triangle. The book tells you that it’s about goblin fruit, and it’s about goblin fruit. I shouldn’t have to have an “Oh thank god” reaction to that, but that’s what young adult books have driven me to.

This book also has a number of POC on the main cast. Todd and Audrey both have Hispanic parents, which doesn’t just come across as something that’s said and only said like in some other books that I’ve read.

And I have to say, one thing that I really liked was that the supernatural elements of this book were more subdued. They were present, but this was still very much the real world, and it created this cool atmosphere where the fantasy stuff was there, but threatening because the girls couldn’t do anything about it. And that somehow made the threat seem more real.

I also loved the friendship between Clarity and Audrey. Its development was perfect and touching. Audrey and Todd, too, had a really interesting relationship.

I will say that I noticed a couple of proofing errors—which does happen in indie books, and none of them were too drastic. And also the POV switches weren’t to my taste, but then that might just be a personal preference thing. I don’t know.

I’m not going to drivel on about this book, even though I could, but needless to say, I really enjoyed it. And if you need a short young adult book (I read this in a day, which is rare for me) or something with light supernatural elements. Or, you know, a book that doesn’t have a love triangle in it, then I definitely recommend Goblin Fruit to you guys. As usual, I’ve provided an affiliate link to its Amazon page. (It is I, the sellout.)

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Hey guys! It’s nearly Christmas! And nearly the end of the year. And I have been what I would call properly writing on this blog for nearly a couple of months now, and it’s almost at 50 followers! Thank you all so so much!

I don’t know if I’ll actually make it to 50 by the end of the year, but if I do I’ll … celebrate. Somehow. ;3

The Sunday Review | “The Hunger Games” (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

The_Hunger_GamesTitle: The Hunger Games
Series: The Hunger Games, #1
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: Scholastic, 2008
Rating: ★★★

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Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.


Merry Christmas! Or not. I don’t know when you’re reading this. But it’s Christmas for me, so … Anyway! In this Sunday Review, we’re going to be taking a look at The Hunger Games. This is the book that you guys voted for! And if you want to participate in the votes, by the way, then make sure you’re following my Twitter.

It’s funny, because I was actually going to delay posting this review. But today I got angry. Not at this book. But at something that happened to me. I got really, really angry. And I’ve calmed down a bit, but while I was angry I thought fuck. I have to review something. And, really, I have to review what you guys voted for.

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Book Review | “The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love” by Jackie Battenfield


Title: The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love
Author: Jackie Battenfield
Published: Da Capo Press, 2009
Genre: Nonfiction (Art, Business)
Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis

Using a “tough love approach” to pursuing a career in the visual arts, Jackie Battenfield expands on her highly successful classes and workshops to provide a comprehensive guide for both emerging and mid-career artists.Providing real-life examples, illustrations, and step-by-step exercises, Battenfield offers readily applicable advice on all aspects of the job. Along with tips on planning and assessment, she presents strategies for self-management, including marketing, online promotion, building professional relationships, grant writing, and portfolio development.

Each chapter ends with an insightful “Reality Check” interview, featuring advice and useful information from high-profile artists and professionals.

The result is an inspiring, experiential guide brimming with field-tested techniques that readers can easily apply to their own career.


Basically, this book is full of advice for how artists—painters, sculptors, etc, primarily—can make a living from their art. This ranges from everything from planning and time management to performance and sales. It’s a wide range of topics covered concisely and with many exercises to try and help you get the most out of what each chapter is covering. And I’m a writer, but this book was suggested in one of our modules. Indeed, a lot of the information is applicable to other freelance professions like writing, even though it is targeted more specifically at the professions I mentioned above.

I will say that a lot of what’s covered isn’t going to be helpful if you already know a lot about business and freelancing, especially if you’ve been doing it for a while. The book says that it’s helpful to more people than just beginners but personally? I would recommend it most to beginners and/or people who don’t yet know all that much about the subject.

It gets a three-star “I liked it” from me because it just so happens that I’ve already learned about the topics that Battenfield covers, and she claimed it would be helpful to people who already had, and it kind of … wasn’t. If you think you’ll find it useful, I definitely recommend that you go check it out.

I know you guys voted for The Hunger Games to be the next review, but that’s going to be the next Sunday Review, and I could get this review out quickly. Thanks for reading!

Weird and Wonderful Five Nights at Freddy’s Merch (Self-Inflicted #Ad)

Hey guys! Today we’re going to be trying something a little different. Today, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the weird and/or wonderful Five Night’s at Freddy’s Stuff that I’ve found out there. This isn’t the weirdest or, you know, most wonderful, by any means, but it’s an interesting little collection of merch that you may want to at least check out if you’re a fan of the series.

With each product, I’ll give a paragraph or two of information, but that doesn’t give much room, so if anything does seem interesting, as an Affiliate I’ve provided a link to the Amazon page so that you can go check out this stuff in more detail. I assure you that everything listed here is something that I have some experience with, through work or owning such products myself, so I’m not just bullshitting you.

Okay, let’s go!

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