The universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence (Book review)


Salut mes amis !
It has been a long time since I have done a media review and what is better than to do a book review on the latest book that I have finished : The universe versus Alex Woods. Published in 2013 The Universe versus Alex Woods (TUVAW) was the debut novel by new author Gavin Extence and what a debut it was .


“Alex Woods knows that he hasn’t had the most conventional start of life . He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won’t endear him to the local bullies.

He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen -he’s got the scars to prove it.

What he doesnt know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson , he’ll make an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life . That you have to make the best possible choices .

So when aged seventeen , Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing . ”

The book in my opinion was very slow paced and I found it difficult to stick to the ever changing topics especially in the beginning when I was left confused with the change of time frame (present to past ) . However I eventually got into it as I was awaiting the answer to the mystery of why he was stopped st customs and what did Alex Woods actually do because most of the time I was made to believe that there was actually no plotline .
Despite everything written above , I did actually enjoy this book . I loved the underlying theme of Death and life which may I add was projected in a way that would touch the hardest of hearts . The character of Alex Woods was well created , his personality both intrigued me and annoyed the hell out of me .

Stars : 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I would definitely recommend TUVAW, the amount of research that the author did to get the character of Alex Woods was impeccable. The mind of Alex woods is something that I wouldn’t mind revisiting .

I hope that you enjoyed this quick review . 🙂

LaFortune xx

PS Have you read read TUVAW? Are your views the same as mine + What should I read next ?

Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo review

Salut mes amis !

Love in Tokyo. My love. The people that I have told about this great drama have either loved it or loved it. I’ll tell you the truth , Love in Tokyo is not for everyone but for those who like the cheesiest of the cheese and the ridiculous of the ridiculous; then this Drama is for you . I’m not going to try to explain the plot as from the other review we all know that my explanations are not that great . Any-who , here is a brief summary of the brilliance that is … Love in Tokyo :

“When it comes to academics, Kotoko isn’t very bright, but she falls in love at first sight with the handsome, intelligent Naoki at their high school entrance ceremony. As a third-year student, she writes him a love letter, works up the courage to give it to him… and is flat-out rejected by Naoki. But then one day, Kotoko’s newly-constructed house is destroyed by a falling meteor. During the period of reconstruction, she and her father are invited to stay with one of his old friends. However, as it turns out, that old friend is one Mr. Irie, father of Naoki. Despite living together, Naoki is as disdainful as ever. But Kotoko presses on with the battle to win him over. Amid twists and turns in the tale, the day that Kotoko has wished for finally comes to pass!” – dramafever

Genre Romantic Comedy , Comedy , Japanese drama

Yeah , I know what you are thinking : What a typical Japanese drama but no, no no. Love in Tokyo is distinctive as it is a seriously funny comedy . Bare in mind it’s funny in the ” I can’t believe how ridiculous that is “, however it does work. Like I said to my friends as I tried to persuade them to watch Love in Tokyo ; It’s so bad that it’s so good . I really mean that in a positive way and I cannot wait for season 2 to be available in the UK ! Seriously , I check Crunchyroll everyday .

Emotions If you are not convinced yet , think about the affect it has had on me . I’M ADDICTED . There are some really beautiful and cute scenes in the Drama that made my heart melt with joy and adoration. I cried many times and I rather enjoyed it .

^^^^ Seriously look at how cute this scene is , a little bit creepy but cute . If you have watched Love in Tokyo you would know what I mean . Comment bellow some of your favourite scenes 🙂 .

Thank you for reading and I hope that you venture into the world of Love in Tokyo !

LaFortune xx

P.S In the comments tell me one drama/anime that I should watch !

My Secret obsession : Sword Art Online (Anime) review

Salut mes amis!

I am dreading writing this post but I know that I have to for all those Anime obsessed beautiful people out there . Ever since I was young I have always loved animation , very evident in my favourite movies including Happy feet and Tinker Bell . Then I was introduced to anime. First it was Mumu power, I don’t now if you can count that as an anime but…, then Kaichou Wa Maid Sama . After that I was carried away with the Tidal wave of Clannad lovers (The tide was made from their tears). Next I stopped off at Sword Art Online 1 ; waiting a year (and a bit) I ventured on Sword Art Online 2 or Gun Gale Online and many more . All I am trying to say is that Anime is one of my dear loves and this blog wouldn’t be me without a discussion on this topic. Let the Debate be forever in your favour !

Sword Art Online 1  Stars (out of 5) :  5.0001


“On November 6, 2022, the players log into SAO for the first time, and later discover that they are unable to log out. They are then informed by Akihiko Kayaba, SAO’s creator, that if they wish to be free, they must reach the 100th floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss. However, if their avatars die in-game, their bodies will also die in the real world. One of these players is Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya, who was chosen as one of the 1,000 beta testers in the closed beta. Since he had previous experience and knowledge of the game, he felt that he could beat the game easily. As a result, he set out to beat the game on his own. As the game progresses for two years, Kirito eventually befriends a female player named Asuna with whom he ultimately falls in love. After the duo discover the identity of Kayaba’s avatar in SAO, they confront and destroy him, freeing themselves and the other players from the game.” – Wiki


The sudden thought of Sword Art Online (SAO) 1 has me reminiscing on those long nights I spent tirelessly trying the finish the season. The tears that flooded my laptop as I saw my sister’s questioning expression. I have to admit that I am a very emotional person and the slightest things will get my tear docks rolling( for example I cried in all The Hobbit films + The theory of Everything). However, all my friends have  said that their hearts were torn apart and glue gunned back together while watching SAO . There is no doubt that SAO is a heart throbbing watch, and don’t be fooled that it is only about gaming ,which first put me off, SAO is a mix of genres and themes. Romance, Comedy, Action, Gaming, Harems . Yep I said that word. And if I haven’t convinced you maybe this will, the main character is low key my BAE . After you have watched it you will understand .

Sword Art Online 2 (Gun Gale Online)          Stars: 4.4446


“Soon after, Kirito plays another game called Gun Gale Online (GGO) to investigate the mysterious connection between it and deaths occurring in the real world. Assisted by a female player he meets in the game called Sinon, he identifies and exposes the culprits, who include some former members of a murderous guild he previously encountered in SAO” – Wiki


The awaited second season of SAO came out . I have to say this, I was a little disappointed by the content of the second season. However, by the end the floods from my eyes were released . I loved how we got to know Asuna a bit more but I hated how Kirito flirted senselessly and kept introducing his girlfriend as his “friend ” – That’s a way to piss off a girl isn’t it. Either way the highlight of the season was hands down the battle between Kirito and you know who (if you don’t then you should go and watch it). The little #flashback shots that were slotted in the fight was beyond perfect as it got the watchers of the first season in tears before the next episode.  It is similar to that connected we have with a certain song that is played at an event that brings back a familiar emotion . The whole Fairy World game thing is really not me but I have grown to love every single character, new and old .

Overall SAO is a must watch , it is not everyone’s cup of brandy but it’s free to check out !

What is your opinion on SAO , is it worth watching?

Comment  your opinions!

LaFortune xx

P.S Should I do more reviews like this ?! Comment your suggestions