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THE KAIJU PRESERVATION SOCIETY BY JOHN SCALZI | REVIEW

The Kaiju Preservation Society
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Proof copy (out now)

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi is a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set on an alternate Earth – perfect for fans of Adrian Tchaikovsky and Michel Crichton's Jurassic Park.

Jamie’s dream was to hit the big time at a New York tech start-up. Jamie’s reality was a humiliating lay-off, then a low wage job as a takeaway delivery driver. During a pandemic too. Things look beyond grim, until a chance delivery to an old acquaintance. Tom has an urgent vacancy on his team: the pay is great and Jamie has debts – it’s a no-brainer choice. Yet, once again, reality fails to match expectations. Only this time it could be fatal.

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that it takes a very special sci-fi/fantasy novel to reel me in. And this book definitely did just that

To escape the monotony of his current job as a delivery driver, Jamie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity. The job description is very vague, but the location seems good, and the pay seems great. He accepts the job offer, which will mostly consist of "lifting things". However, he receives a shock when he winds up on an alternate Earth, working for the notoriously well-hidden, Kaiju Preservation Society. A hidden society that protects Godzilla-like creatures. Did I mention that they have internal nuclear reactors? Yeah, this book is wild.

What I loved most about this book was the worldbuilding. In this genre, worldbuilding is so important. If you couldn't imagine the world and the horrors that Jamie is being faced with, it simply wouldn't work. However, Scanzi's descriptive way of storytelling makes it easy to immerse yourself into this parallel reality.

It was fascinating to learn about the kaiju throughout the book. As the reader, we're slowly fed drips of information about this species. Just enough to quench the thirst, but still leave you thirsting for more knowledge of these incredible creatures.

While there is a main plot, a good guys vs bad guys scenario, it very much takes a back seat throughout the book. For me, the majority of the book was learning more about the kaiju and exploring the new world that they live in. It goes without saying, that Jamie has to step up from "lifting things" in the story, and he inevitably becomes our hero. While this is a predictable trope, it's one I didn't mind at all, because of how enticing and exciting the book itself was.

It goes without saying that this book is action-packed and will leave you clinging to the edge of your seat throughout. It's full of thrills, chills and quite a few laughs too. Jamie is a likeable character, who you'll find easy to root for and connect with along the way.

Whether you're a sci-fi/fantasy lover or not, I find it hard to believe that you wouldn't enjoy this book. From well thought-out characters, intricate world-building and beguiling creatures - this book will have you hooked in no time.

The Kaiju Preservation Society is available to purchase now. And thank you for joining me for my stop on the The Kaiju Preservation Society blog tour.

3 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

 

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Protecting your mental health is something that you need to have as a priority. Your mental health is the key to enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle. When your mental health is compromised there can be severe consequences. 


If you are experiencing problems with your mental health and recognize the need to make a change then there are some things you should bear in mind to help you achieve your goal. Take a look at some of the main things you need to focus on to dramatically improve your mental health.

Don't Keep Your Feelings to Yourself

One of the easiest ways to destroy your mental health is to keep your feelings bottled up. You must be able to express your feelings in a clear and straightforward manner in order to ensure that negative emotions do not overwhelm you.


 Try to find someone who you can trust to talk about issues that are affecting your life. If you currently don't have anyone who you feel you can trust you may want to try journaling


Journaling can be a great way to put your thoughts and feelings down on paper. 

It can also allow you to get your feelings out of your head and to look at them objectively.


Read books from people such as Cheryl Monique who have survived trauma it will help you to feel less alone in your struggles.

Create Clear Boundaries

Creating boundaries for yourself is one of the essentials of ensuring that you have good mental health.  You need to be clear about what you will say yes to and what you will say no to. This may be to the personal request of others or it may even be to habits that are harming your mental as well as your physical health.


Setting boundaries for yourself and keeping them is one way to ensure that people respect your emotions and feelings. It is also a way for you to realistically monitor yourself to ensure that you are doing what is best for your mental and physical well-being.

Start a New Hobby

Sometimes all that is necessary to improve a person's mental health is for them to find activities that they enjoy doing. A good hobby can help to take you from a negative state of mind to a more positive one. 


Whenever you do something that you enjoy, it will greatly improve your mental health. If you do not have a specific hobby you can try to start one as soon as possible. There are several classes online where you can take courses on subjects that interest you from the comfort of your own home.

Protect Your Mental Health 

Protecting your mental health is something that you should have as a top priority. Your mental health can affect every aspect of your life even your physical health. This is why it is important for you to take the time to deal with the things that are bothering you emotionally. 


You should also create clear boundaries for yourself and others. Remember to take the time to learn something new as it will help your mind to become more active. It will also have to shift your focus to the more positive things in life.


Jaques Giant Tumble Tower Review

I hope everyone's had a great Christmas and looking forward to the new year. I had a bit of an unconventional Christmas this year, because I've been isolating with covid. It's meant my husband and I have had plenty of quality time - which has meant one thing. Copious amounts of playing games. Which worked out perfectly, because Jaques were kind enough to send me a game of my choice, in return for an honest review. 

Jaques are actually the oldest games company in the world! Did you know that we have Jaques to thank for inventing some of the most loved games such as Snakes & Ladders, Ludo, Happy Families and more? They've been inventing and making games since the late 1700's. Many of their products are Wooden Toys, which are made from 100% sustainably sourced wood. This gives them a real traditional feel.

The toy I chose was the Giant Tumble Tower. The tumbling tower (sometimes known as Jenga) has always been one of my favourite toys; especially growing up. It's a game that's super easy to play, and usually gets everyone involved; young and old. The game has always reminded me of togetherness - so I was definitely excited to play a giant version!

When it arrived, I was surprised at how small the box was. I couldn't believe that such a huge game could be compacted into such a small bag - but I was wrong! It comes in a beautiful canvas storage bag (with handles), so space isn't an issue if you live in a small flat, like me. My kitten, Lillie, also loved the bag and jumped straight in once I removed the blocks and started to build the tower. 

It's marketed as an outdoor game, but I've had plenty of fun with it indoors, so it's definitely perfect for any time of the year. When using the 63 blocks included, it stands at 25" tall and at it's peak, can get to 3ft tall! I'll be honest, I'm terrible at this game and I've not been able to reach those heights quite yet. 

When playing, it's incredibly sturdy, which actually makes the game a little more difficult than the standard version. There's not too much wiggle room in the blocks - so it makes for an interesting game if you have no hand-eye coordination like me! If you have a little one, it'll be great for helping develop their hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills. 

The Jaques Giant Tumbling Tower is currently on sale for £31.99 (so it's the perfect time to make your purchase!). I was apprehensive as to whether the product would be as luxurious as it's marketed as, and I wasn't disappointed. You can feel the quality in every brick - so it's not difficult to see why the product's a best seller.

My husband and I had a lot of fun with this over Christmas, and my family have since been over when our isolation ended and the kids loved it just as much as I did! It's a game for all the family, and reminds me of togetherness just as much as it did when I was a child myself.


THIS IS A SPONSORED POST IN COLLABORATION WITH JAQUES.

DEALING WITH A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE IN HOSPITAL

It's been almost two years since my traumatic experience in hospital, and it hasn't been something I've spoke about often. No, I'm not talking about almost dying from an infection, turning yellow, my organs shutting down and being hospitalized on three different IV antibiotics for 2 weeks...although that was pretty traumatic. But the experience did happen at the same time, as it occurred in the hospital, by a nurse.

I started to think about this experience again as yesterday I was once again in A&E and cannulated. Something I've become fairly familiar with over the past decade. My fear of needles which once reduced me to tears, was long gone. However, in the past 18 months, that fear has returned with a passion, and any trust I had left in the NHS dwindled.

I've tried to talk about my experience many times over the past 18 months and I finally feel ready to share what happened. Writing has always been my therapy and my way of processing, so I hope this gives me some closure on the situation.