First Chapter Feels: A Different Time by Michael K. Hill




Title: A Different Time

Author: Michael K. Hill

Pages: 197

Publisher: Tangent Press

Published: 2019

Source: Early Copy (Thanks to TheWriteReads)

Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes—while forces work against them both, and time is running out.

First Chapter Feels is something new to this blog that I thought I would introduce on the blog tour for A Different Time by Michael K. Hill, hosted by The Write Reads. I wanted to do something a little different for this blog tour and this post was what came to mind.

From the synopsis, this sounds like an interesting book that I believe would appeal to perhaps more adult audiences. It’s a short book so it can easily be read in a few hours.

The prologue and first chapter heavily revolve around comic books. The prologue establishes that our main character, Keith, has had a love of comic books from a young age. The first chapter shows that many years later, Keith is still into comic books, but has a more important reason to be completing a specific collection.

When we meet Keith later in this book, he has obviously grown older and is now at the age of 22. When we meet him again, he is on the look out for comics when he stumbles across an old video tape. At this point, we know nothing about the old video tape or what it might contain and Keith promptly forgets about it after making a considerable important purchase.

Both the prologue and first chapter are quite short, which is understandable, given that this book is just under 200 pages. As I said before, this book does sound quite interesting and after reading the first chapter, I am intrigued to find out more about what is on the tape.

Would I carry on with this book? Based on the first chapter, I think that this book definitely makes the reader interested in discovering more information about what this tape contains and what with it being so short, it would suggest that this book is relatively fast paced.

What do you think about First Chapter Feels? Do you believe that you can get an idea for how a book will be paced or how it may end from the first chapter? Or do you need to read a few chapters to settle in?

Make sure you check out all of the other blog posts on this ultimate blog tour hosted by The Write Reads, who you should definitely check out should you have a blog!

Guest Post: The Lover Book Tag, answered by PewterWolf

Guest Post: The Lover Book Tag, answered by PewterWolf

The other week, I posted my baby, The Lover Book Tag which I feel has had a really great response so far and I’m loving seeing all the posts come in! The Lover album (by my lord and saviour, Taylor Swift) came out on the 23rd August, so if you haven’t listened to it yet, just what in the world do you think you are doing? LISTEN NOW.  I enjoyed it so much that I decided to dedicate a tag to it, and so this book tag was born.

I was thrilled when I saw that Andrew of ThePewterWolf was tweeting about doing the tag, and so I decided to invite him onto the blog, especially as he is a fellow Swiftie so I just had to! I really enjoyed reading through his answers to all of the prompts and I hope that you will too.

Before I hand over to Andrew, there are just a few rules if you want to take part in this tag!

  1. Give credit to the creator (that would be ME!)
  2. Tag 5 Friends
  3. HAVE FUN!

Over to Andrew!

Before I go any further with this tag, I want to thank Vicky for only allowing me to invade her blog with this tag but also for creating this Taylor which was a hoot and a half to answer! Now, let’s me Taylor playing and let’s get this party started!

I Forgot That You Existed – A book on your TBR that you’d completely forgotten about

This is super rare as I am always checking my TBR on Goodreads. But it’s usually something that is on my kindle that I always seem to go “Oh, wait, I own you?”. So, let me answer that with the two books that is on my kindle that I feel guilty for not reading yet as I’ve had them for so long: Witch Child by Celia Rees and Poison Study by Maria V Snyder.

Cruel Summer – A Perfect Summer Read

Oh no! Not this question! I don’t really do seasonal reads (though I am considering doing a ton of witchy reads for Halloween, but don’t hold your breath!), but when I think summer read, I want to read something light and fun by the pool. The book I read this year I would class as my “summer read” is Sweep: Volume One by Cate Tiernan. It was a reread so, technically, I’m cheated, but at the time I read it, I just need something light and this worked wonders. There is another title that jumps to mind for this, but saving that answer for a later Taylor song… 

Lover – Your Favourite Book/Series

If I didn’t answer this with Harry Potter, I think people would question if I am feeling well today… 

The Man – An Amazing Female Character

Just the one? But there are so many! If I answer Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, I feel like that is a cheat, but she is! If it wasn’t for her, Harry and Ron would be dead before the end of the first book! 

The Archer – A book from your childhood because you never grew up

The first title that jumped to mind was The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy. I only ever read the first book in the series, but I related to Mildred. But other children’s books that call to me are Mog & The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, The Invisible Dog by Dick King Smith (who, when I was younger, believed that he and Roald Dahl were the same person) and Dogger by Shirley Hughes. I have no idea what happened in this book but it must have effected me as I name a cuddly toy dog Dogger and I still own him! 

I Think He Knows – A book everyone knows you love!

I won’t answer Potter for this one. But I think people are always surprise how much I love Sabriel by Garth Nix. I always seem to go “Read this!” if someone wants to read a good fantasy. I know this book and the Old Kingdom series isn’t for everyone, but I adore it. 


Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince – A book that makes you so sad, you could paint the town blue

I usually avoid books that make me sad and upset (though no book, to my knowledge, has ever made me cry. Mad, absolutely, but never cry). But I think I’m going to say The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold. This audiobook was super engrossing, but hearing the stories of the women was a real shock to the system as when did we even think of the victims? 

Paper Rings – Your favourite OTP

Hmmm… That’s a hard one. I’m not sure I can answer this one as I keep going “Oh, that couple is wonderful. As was reading about them two. And them! AND THEM!!!”. I think if you get the romance right, it just works and feels effortless. So, I have a load of pairings I love. I feel like not answering this one, but that would be mean. 

Ok, I just had a thought. I know this isn’t cannon, but I always shipped Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter series. 

Cornelia Street – A book that lived up to the hype

I’m not sure how to answer this one as hype kinda scares me so I try and dodge it if I can. But Michelle Obama’s Becoming is my answer for this as, since I audiobooked this at the start of the year, I have been wanting to get a physical copy.

Death by a Thousand Cuts – A book that saying goodbye to is death by a thousand cuts, so you just have to re-read it again

It’s super rare for me to reread a book as soon as I’ve finished it. Same with me reading the same author back-to-back (though there are occasions). But there is one book I would like to reread soon and maybe even attack the author’s back catalogue, which is The Lost Man by Jane Harper. On the surface, it’s a standalone thriller set in the Australian Outback, but there are layers to it: mental health, grief, how a family copes, and other triggers that I want to reread and go “How did I miss these clues in my first, frantic reading of this?”

London Boy – A book based in London

I’m going to answer by putting a book that I haven’t actually read yet, but is on my TBR. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronvitch. If I read this and it isn’t set in London, am going to be a little annoyed… 

Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that brightens up your sky

Hmm… am tempted to put my current read – Rough Terrain by Annabeth Alert – down or The Witch’s Blood by Elizabeth and Katharine Corr as both were, to me, such an easy, fun reads. But I sense you mean books I always return to when I feel down in the dumps and that’s usually either Harry Potter (either Philosopher’s Stone or Prisoner of Azkaban) or Sabriel. But I don’t want to repeat self so made of this answer what you will… 

False God – A book that you could reread over again because it still does it for you, babe 

There are so many books I could reread and be a very happy man: Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, The Host, His Dark Materials, The Old Kingdom, Keys to the Kingdom, A Discovery of Witches, Queen of the Tearling, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen. But I think I will answer this with the answer I teased in Cruel Summer, which is Mirror Dreams by Catherine Webb. The reason is this is that in my late teens and early twenties, whenever I went of holiday, this was one of the books I would grab and I would read about half before the holiday was over and then I would never finish it because I knew the ending so well, but it felt like a betrayal if I finish the book while not on holiday. I was a strange one, I admit this. But I really should reread it one day… 

You Need to Calm Down – An LGBTQ+ book you’d GLAADly recommend

Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green. I don’t really want to give a reason, but Noah was me when I was a teen. Just more extreme. I cringe at the thought of teen me worrying over every little detail and thinking it worse than it actually worse. But with Noah… *cringes* 

Afterglow – It’s Not the Book, It’s Me (A book that wasn’t for you)

I have got a lot better of DNFing stuff if it’s not working for me. But there are times my stubbornness kicks in and I go “I want to read this to the bitter end”. But the book recently that I read and was really disappointed over was To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers. I had such high hopes for this novella and it just didn’t work for me. The things that everyone else loved, I found irritating and flat. But that’s the joys of reading: just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean it will be someone else’s The One. 

ME! – A Character You Relate To

Usually, it’s a character who feels a little out of step with the world around them. I think we all feel like that, don’t we? We could say Noah from Noah Can’t Even due to the reasons I explained earlier… but I feel tempted to say Neville from the Harry Potter series. Can I get away with answering most of these with Harry Potter

It’s Nice to Have a Friend – A Character You’d Love to be Friends With

*buries head in hands* It’s as if you want me to answer all these with Harry Potter. I really want to say Hermione or Luna. If I can have them, can I have Mogget from The Old Kingdom series? I mean, a sarcastic talking cat… what more can I ask for? 

Daylight – A book that you weren’t sure of at first but turned out to be amazing!

I feel tempted to say Red Sister by Mark Lawerence, but I’m going to answer this with Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I remember trying to read it when it first came out and I really struggled. So when I decided to try again a few years later, I went it very nervously and via audiobook. While the first 100 pages was a struggle and slow, once I got past that, I flew through it and had such a blast, I ordered the rest of the trilogy before I had finished. I did the same thing when I first read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare round the time City of Glass was about to be a published (in ye olde days when The Mortal Instruments was meant to be a trilogy…)

Bonus: Favourite Taylor Swift Album

Am a bit late to the Taylor party and, while I like a mix of songs from all her albums, I seem to have listened to Reputation a lot so let’s say that is my answer for now, but I am enjoying listening to Lover and Red

Andrew is tagging these fabulous five!

Gavin from @TheGavGav7

Justine from @IShouldReadThat

Beth from @BookLoverx

Steph from @eenalol

Jack from @Jthbooks

WWW Wednesday || 11/9

WWW Wednesday || 11/9

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

This week, especially this past weekend, has been a surprise and I definitely didn’t expect to have read two books in such quick succession! I think it just proves how much I enjoyed them both. I also now finally understand the hype!

This last week hasn’t consisted of much except me working, reading and trying to just catch up with life in general. I feel like I’ve fallen behind on so much, including reading and blogging so I’m really just trying to catch up now! So many reviews and books, so little time!

What are you currently reading?

I picked up Nevernight by Jay Kristoff on Sunday so I’m making my way through that currently. This is actually a re-read for me as I really needed a refresher before I read both Godsgrave and Darkdawn. I’m planning to read this series back to back.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished both A Curse So Dark and Lonely and A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer at the weekend. I finished Curse on my lunch break on Friday and then I picked up Heart on Friday and got to just under 300 pages that evening!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Once I’ve finished Nevernight, the plan is to read Godsgrave and then Darkdawn. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish them all over the next week, especially as I have a really busy weekend ahead of me, but I am hoping to get through them fairly quickly!

What are you reading this week?

Review: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Review: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab





Title: Tunnel of Bones

Author: Victoria Schwab

Pages: 272

Publisher: Scholastic

Published: 2019

Source: Early Finished Copy (Thanks to Scholastic!)

Rating: ★★★★

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

Tunnel of Bones is the sequel to Victoria’s debut children novel, City of Ghosts. Like the first book in this series, which I reviewed here, it follows Cassidy Blake, a girl who almost died once and can now cross the veil between the living and ghosts.

When I finished City of Ghosts last year, I was already excited for the sequel. I rarely read children’s books, so this was a little bit of a surprise to me but if a book or author is good, then who am I to stop myself from reading what I enjoy?

Unlike City of Ghosts, which is set in Edinburgh, Tunnel of Bones follows the Blake family to Paris which is a perfect setting for a ghostly book. Paris is a place full of so much history with plenty of ghosts, I’m sure. Just take the Catacombs for example! I thought that the book being set here was really cool, plus there is a map at the front of the book pointing out important places in the city. What I loved about this book being set in Paris was that it reminded me so much of my own trip to the city two years ago.

The plot of this was really easy to follow and very fast paced. It was full of action and was quite tense at times, but really gripped me the whole way through, so much so that I didn’t want to put it down! In all honesty, you could probably read this book in about 3-4 hours based on how quick it is, plus it has the larger font as most children’s books have!

img_0524In terms of the characters, we are back with the same characters from the first book, with the introduction of some new ones including a few ghosts! Of course, these books are about ghosts but this one was different to the previous books in terms of it’s creepiness. What I found with this book is that we got to know the characters a little better as we’re spending a bit more time with them. I liked following Cassidy on her adventures through Paris and think that she is quite a likeable character.

I would say this book is aimed at older children, I wouldn’t recommend reading this to say, a 5 or 6 year old in case it freaks them out. At the age of 24, even I was a little creeped out at times, but then I am scared of ghosts (I’m on the fence about whether they exist or not). I think if a book has an ability to really make you feel affected by its content, like me being creeped out at times, then it’s definitely a good one.

Final Thoughts

Tunnel of Bones was a really great sequel to City of Ghosts and I’d fully recommend picking it up, especially as the spooky season is approaching us! Both books are incredibly fast reads due to their quick pace so if you haven’t picked up the first one yet, I’d suggest doing that but also reading them back to back!


WWW Wednesday || 4/9

WWW Wednesday || 4/9

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I haven’t done a WWW Wednesday in a little while. In fact, I think I posted maybe once in August? My reason for this is that I had an exam which I really wanted and needed to concentrate on so blogging took a back seat!

As a result of my exam, I didn’t read much in August so I thought it was a little pointless to update you on my reading when I basically wasn’t doing any at all!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading A Curse So Dark and Lonely which I’ve heard so many good things about. I’ve only just picked it up so I’m excited to see what I think of it and whether it lives up to the hype!

I’m also reading We Hunt the Flame but I’ll be honest, I’m just not that into it at the moment so I’m taking a break from it to read other things that will hopefully get me out of my slump before going back to it.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab yesterday which I really enjoyed. It’s such a quick read!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m picking up my copy of Darkdawn at the weekend so my plan is to read all three of the Nevernight books back to back and get that series finished!

What are you reading this week?

The Lover Book Tag

The Lover Book Tag

Welcome to the Lover book tag created by ME!

The Lover Book Tag is inspired by the album, Lover, by Taylor Swift. What a great way to combine two of my favourite things; Taylor Swift and Reading!

Now if you don’t know, Taylor Swift is my favourite musical artist in the universe. I’ve been a fan for 10 years now, having seen her on every tour since Speak Now in 2011. I just love her and her music so much so to celebrate the release of her newest album Lover, I have created this book tag.

Now I know there are quite a few Taylor Swift fans in the book community so I’ll hope you’ll take part in all 18 prompts. That’s right, this tag consists of 18 prompts for each song on the album! These prompts do all have something to do with the songs, whether directly (lyrics or to do with the song title) or what the song’s vibe is. Big thank you to Sammy from Sammy’s Shelf who helped me come up with a few of these!

Now if you haven’t listened to Lover yet, you absolutely should and while you’re at it, take part in this tag too! If you do take part in this tag, here are the rules:

  1. Give credit to the creator (that would be ME!)
  2. Tag 5 Friends
  3. HAVE FUN!

So with that, let’s get this tag started. Are you Ready For It?

I Forgot That You Existed – A book on your TBR that you’d completely forgotten about

I have a rather large TBR but the book that popped back out at me when I was scanning my bookshelves to find my answer to this is Daughter of the Burning City which I started to read back in 2017 but ended up putting it down as I went travelling for 6 weeks! Definitely must read that!

Cruel Summer – A Perfect Summer Read

I really enjoy reading contemporaries during the Summer months. They’re so quick to get through!

Lover – Your Favourite Book/Series

This is so difficult because I love a lot of books. It’s between the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, the Caraval series and the Truly, Devious books at the moment!

The Man – An Amazing Female Character

I’m going to go with Izzy O’Neill from The Exact Opposite of Okay and A Girl Called Shameless. Izzy experiences some tough things and ends up forming the club Bitches Bite Back with her friends. Following this, she helps lead a campaign focussing on making sure offences connected with revenge porn are punishable.

The Archer – A book from your childhood because you never grew up

Harry Potter, obviously! Those books (and the movies) are a huge part of my life growing up. The Rainbow Magic books were also quite a big part of my childhood!

I Think He Knows – A book everyone knows you love!

Other than the obvious books I could pick (Harry Potter, Caraval, Stalking Jack the Ripper), I hope everyone knows how much I love Vicious by V. E. Schwab. Such an amazing book!

Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince – A book that makes you so sad you could paint the town blue

I very rarely cry at books but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows does make me so sad!

Paper Rings – Your favourite OTP

Ugh, Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper, obviously!

Cornelia Street – A book that lived up to the hype

I think probably Six of Crows. I was a little meh about the Grisha trilogy if I’m totally honest so was a little unsure about SoC but I loved it! I’m planning to re-read it later this year actually so that I can finaaaaally read Crooked Kingdom.

Death by a Thousand Cuts – A book that saying goodbye to is death by a thousand cuts so you just have to re-read it again

There are very few books that I have re-read since re-joining the book community back in 2014 but I have started re-reading Harry Potter for the first time in 7 years (a series that I did read over and over for about 3 years) and I’ll be honest, I don’t know why the heck it has taken me so long to get back to these books!

London Boy – A book based in London

It might be set in London a while back, but Stalking Jack the Ripper, one of my favourite books ever is set in London with a London Boy himself, Thomas Cresswell.

Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that brightens up your sky

Strange the Dreamer is a book that I fell completely head over heels in love with and

False God – A book that you could reread over again because it still does it for you, babe 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’ve re-read the first book three or four times now and just love it. I’ve also watched the movie a few times over because I enjoy so much!

You Need to Calm Down – An LGBTQ+ book you’d GLAADly recommend

Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda. This book is a real favourite of mine. I flew through it when I read it last year and I just love it! If you haven’t read it yet, you absolutely should.

Afterglow – It’s Not the Book, It’s Me (A book that wasn’t for you)

Definitely The Last Namsara. I’d heard so many good things about this book but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected to!

ME! – A Character You Relate To

I think I probably relate the most Emma Nash from the Editing Emma series. I mean, I’m not hilarious or anything and most of the things that happened to her did not happen to me but I just feel like she is somebody that I would definitely be friends with.

It’s Nice to Have a Friend – A Character You’d Love to be Friends With

Hermione Granger or Fred and George Weasley! Also Stevie from Truly, Devious and Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Daylight – A book that you weren’t sure of at first but turned out to be amazing!

Girls of Paper and Fire started out a liiiiittle slow for me at first and I wasn’t really sure if I’d enjoy it but after I’d got through the first 100/120 pages, I ended up really enjoying it!

Bonus: Favourite Taylor Swift Album

Because I couldn’t let you go without picking you favourite Taylor Swift album! To be honest, I’ve made this tough on myself because I genuinely do love them all, but right now it’s between reputation and Lover. Both are incredible though!

WWW Wednesday || 7/8

WWW Wednesday || 7/8

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

This last week hasn’t been full of a lot of reading, if I’m totally honest! I have an exam in two weeks time which I am now panicking over so that’s become my priority over reading. However, I have been reading on my lunch breaks at work to try and give myself a bit of a break!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone but have about 20 pages left of that. I’m still reading We Hunt the Flame and probably will be until after my exam when I have enough time to really dedicate to it.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Mooncakes last week which is such a cute comic that comes out in October!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I want to finish We Hunt the Flame more than anything, but my reading plans for the month involve reading Nevernight, Godsgrave and A Curse So Dark and Lonely!

What are you reading this week?