Book Tour: Man VS Happiness

Book Tour: Man VS Happiness

In this week’s post I’ll be interviewing Freida Kilmari, the author of Man VS Happiness.

Man VS Happiness

The Mental Health Disaster has destroyed half the population of Earth.

Humanity is at crisis point.

It’s the chosen Legacy Scholar’s job to document the journey, but when his only window into the outside world breaks, he’s in a race against time to fix it before the Library of Time is lost forever.

Take a read through his adventure, and through humanity’s journey, in a beautiful collection of short stories, poetry, and essays.

Man VS Happiness will be available on 14th February.

Interview With Freida Kilmari

1. What made you come up with the idea of Man VS Happiness?

Man VS Happiness came from frustration actually. When you go searching for information about mental illness, you’re bombarded with statistical reports, news articles, and science papers. It seems as though the only people allowed a voice about mental illness is everyone other than those suffering. And isn’t the point of awareness to encourage people to open up more, to talk to those around them? How are we supposed to do that when the only news stories we see are negative? Where’s the hope? Where’s the story about someone who nearly died and then recovered miraculously afterwards? I want to help make the world a brighter place, especially for those suffering from mental illness.

2. What is the most challenging aspect of being a writer? And the most rewarding aspect?!

The most challenging aspect is probably time. Most writers earn under $10k a year, which means we have to hold down full time jobs. But if we’re doing that, where the time to write? It’s an endless cycle. You know that if you had more time you could produce more content, but if you have more time to write you might be taking a pay cut. It’s challenging. I’m lucky that I’m a freelance fiction editor, because it means I can flex my job around my writing schedule; plus, I love what I do.

The best part is seeing people enjoy your work. I love it when someone sends me a message with something like, “Hey, just started the book and am loving it.” It’s those simple messages/emails that make all the hard work pay off.

3. How do you cope with writer’s block?

I’m not someone who suffers from writer’s block. I’ve been writing almost every day since I was 12, and I’m now nearly 24, and I can honestly say that I have never suffered from writer’s block. There have been times when I’ve needed a break or needed to rest and think about a part of a book I’m stuck on, but I’ve never not been able to write. I think it’s partly because I write more than one project at a time, so if I get stuck with one I can just work on the other for a bit. And then I usually unstick myself after taking a break from that difficult project.

4. Have you got any other books planned for the future?

Yes. Man VS Happiness is part one of a collection that will be slowly released over the next decade, but I’m also working on a multi-series fantasy universe, called the Ennéa Vasileía Universe. It’s a fantasy universe based on my own unique take on Greek mythology. The first book for it comes out in spring, The Keepers’ Origin—the first book in the Erimish Saga. It’s a Young Adult Epic Fantasy about an ancient war that’s about to come back into the fold. Four sixteen-year-old girls suddenly possess elemental powers in a world that hasn’t seen the likes of magic in over a thousand years. It’s full of friendship, magic, action, romance, and LoTR-style word building.

5. What was the best part about writing Man VS Happiness?

The best part was being able to put a voice to some of those indescribable feelings. What does it feel like having a panic attack? What does it feel like to be so depressed you can’t even lift your pinkie finger? These are things that are hard to describe, but by writing fantasy-related stories and poetry, I’ve managed to find my voice.

6. If you were stranded on an island and had to pick 3 items and 3 people to accompany you, what and who would you take?

I’d take His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, because I can’t live without those books. I’d also be practical and take some kind of weapon and maybe a map of the island? I’d bring along my fiancé (obviously), but also maybe a wildlife expert who knows about plants and animals so we could know what to eat and what not to eat. Perhaps then a survival specialist so we could know how to build shelter, start a fire, etc.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Freida’s writing and I do hope you read her book, Man VS Happiness. Until next time, love, Vee x

End of Year Book Wrap Up

Hello Bibliophiles! Welcome to my end of the year book wrap up! I didn’t do too well with my reading this year as I only managed to read 12 books including poetry (it’s been a hell of a busy year). Regardless of the amount of books I have read, I will still give you an overview of them…

First up is…

If I Was Your Girl

This book was the first I read this year and is a heartwarming story about a trans teen who is trying to come to terms of how she fits into the world. It’s a romantic, learn to love yourself book full of happy and sad tears. I rated this book 3/5 ☆ as it wasn’t entirely plausible.

Amanda is keeping a secret from the kids at her school. And when they find out, there’s only trouble lying ahead for her…


The Art of Being Normal

This book was a personal favourite of mine this year as it was raw, realistic and moving. There was true emotion within the pages that reminded me of Jacqueline Wilson’s writing I used to love so much as a child. There are twists and turns as the main characters come to terms with their identities and family lives. It’s a must read for anyone who wants to know more about the LGBT community and loves YA.

I rated this book 5/5 ☆ because it was a heart wrenching roller-coaster of emotion and realism. You can read my review here.

A Street Cat Named Bob
This biography was an eye opener for me about homelessness, drug addiction and companionship. This story is about a homeless man called James who befriends a troublesome cat called Bob and together they find their purpose in this sometimes cruel world. Together, they are unstoppable. I recommend this book highly as it is written by James himself. There are several other books about Bob for children and there’s even a movie. 

All The Bright Places

Unfortunately this book was one of my least favourites of the year and you can read why here. It wasn’t an easy read and maybe this was a trigger from my past or maybe it was just poorly written and thought out. I don’t recommend this book and I gave it 2/5 ☆ Hopefully you enjoy it more than I did.

Some Assembly Required

This was also a biography I read this year about a transguy’s journey through childhood into adulthood. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the logistics involved with taking testosterone and the amount of stress and depression involved with transition. You can read my review here.

Geekerella

This book transported me to my childhood and I absolutely loved it! It’s a retelling of Cinderella where Danielle tries to win a contest but she goes through a journey of love and friendship before she reaches the beginning of her Happily Ever After. Poston’s writing is quirky, fun and had me laughing out loud. I recommend to anyone who loves YA, Fantasy, romance, quirky and LGBT books. You can read my review here.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

I also didn’t enjoy this book by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the film was interesting and every YA addict’s dream – but this book was a disaster from start to finish with the use of profanity on nearly every single page. It was like it was written by a typical boy and girl teenager. David’s parts were fine but Rachel’s just let the book down. I give this book 1/5 ☆ You can read my review here.

Sinner

Sinner was high on my To Be Read list this year and I managed to read it. Maggie Stiefvater’s spin off frm the Shiver trilogy did not disappoint. Written from the perspective of Cole St Clair and Isabel Culpeper, it tells a story about their inevitable romance. And while it’s nothing like Grace and Sam’s relationsip in the series, it’s a tale of forbidden love that needs to be told. I highly recommend reading the Shiver trilogy first. I gave this 4/5 ☆

The Light We Lost

Also one of my favourites this year, it is a story about soulmates, love, passion and life. It’s raw and thought provoking, making me cry and laugh out loud. I recommend this book to anyone going through heartbreak, loss or anyone who wants to read a mature perspective about love and its consequences. I bought this book on a whim and I’m so glad I did. Ever since I read it I’ve recommended it to friends going through heartbreak and they’ve read it too. If I could give it a thousand stars I would. Definitely a must read. You can read my review here.

Everything Everything

I promise this is the last book I didn’t like! Everything Everything was an easy read but also a boring one. The twist was the only exciting bit and even then it was too far fetched. I actually preferred watching the film on my way to New York instead of reading this whirlwind romance. You can find my review here. I gave this book 2/5 ☆


Poetry

Milk and Honey

I adored Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I thought it was a breath of fresh air and a new way of writing poetry. Since reading it I have taken up writing poems which I never thought I could do. It’s an uplifting account of a woman’s life and I recommend it to anyone – even if you aren’t a fan of poetry, this is a important read. You can read my favourite poems of Kaur’s here.

The Princess Saves Herself In This One

Like Milk and Honey, I devoured this book with hours of purchasing it. Both books are beautifully written and deserve to be read by anyone who will listen. The Princess Saves Herself In This One is a great read for anyone who is grieving, going through heartbreak, has found a new love or anyone who’s trying to figure life out. Go out, buy this book and you won’t be sorry. I can’t wait to read The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One and Sunflowers by Rupi Kaur. You can read my review here.

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Book Review #5: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Well hello there! I’m glad you stopped to take a look at my review of Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I will be giving a brief overview about what Geekerella is about and then my review and thoughts on the book.

Overview

Geekerella is Ashley Poston’s newest novel and it’s about a girl who is obsessed with Starfield, a sci-fi TV series which is getting a film made out of it. Danielle – or Elle as she’s referred to – lost her mother and father at a young age and she has to live with her wicked stepmother and step sisters; just like Cinderella. Elle’s dad started a convention called Excelsicon for people to come together and celebrate different fandoms. Elle decides to enter a cosplay contest at the con with her parents clothes to try to win tickets so she can move to LA, far away from her evil stepmother.

Elle starts texting a random stranger about Excelsicon and they start to bond – little does she know this person is Darien Freeman, the actor to play Carmindor in Starfield’s new reboot. And she is not happy! She believes Darien is just a self obsessed guy with abs.

This book is all about fandoms coming together, love, friendship and finding out who you are.

Review

I had high expectations for Geekerella since I had seen that almost everyone on Instagram has a copy; I had to see what all the fuss was about – and get my hands on that beautiful cover! And trust me, this book delivered.

Even though I didn’t understand some fandom references, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this magical book about a girl finding her feet in an impossible world. And it is set out like Cinderella, so of course I will love anything fairy tale like! Ashley makes us hope for a better life for Elle and the book keeps us on the edge of our seats till the very last chapter. We want to know how it ends even though fairy tales usually end happily ever after.

I really enjoyed how witty Ashley made the characters, how she made the dialogue come alive and my favourite character has got to be Sage, Elle’s best friend since she is such a bad ass!

Ashley captures what I imagine it would be like to be a movie star in a world where none of your secrets are private, where your social life is an open book for all to read. Darien wants a normal life outside of his acting career and Elle just wants someone to care for her after everything she’s been through.

Geekerella teaches us that no one is perfect and that there is hope in this impossible world.

Throughout the book there are quite a few spelling errors which makes me cringe but apart from that I really enjoyed the characters and the plot. This is definitely one of my favourite reads of this year!

We see the characters unfold and step out of their shell slowly, the way it would happen in real life. This book is half fairy tale, half reality, giving us a perfect balance for fantasy and contemporary lovers alike.

Overall, I would rate this book 4.5/5☆

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