Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Something I've realised I don't post about a lot is books - which is weird, because I am a certified book worm who spent most of her childhood knee deep in the things. Somewhere between puberty and where I am now, I stopped picking up books so often. Apparently this is normal, since basically everyone I've encountered has said the same! However, I'm back in my bookish phase and recently went to the library to grab a few; one of them being Black Cairn Point. I finished this book in an hour, at 3am, and I promptly text everyone I know, saying something along the lines of: OMG SJDKJF THIS BOOK I JUST READ MESSED ME THE FUCK UP. 'Scuse the language. 
So naturally, I had to review it.

Black Cairn Point is set in Scotland, and the premise of it is a group of teenagers go camping in the middle of nowhere, and stumble across a Pagan burial site. Nothing out of the ordinary there - it's your typical YA spooky thriller. I'm not gonna lie, I'm not usually into this kinda thing. I picked it up because of the cover. But I'm so glad I did.

Now, I so badly want to just type out the entire plot and then you'll get WHY it messed me up, and why I can't stop talking about it. But apparently, that's a bit rude - I've since been told after telling a majority of my friends and family the plot in detail. So I'm just going to bounce around the big old spoilers and hope my fascinating mysterious reviewing skills make you go pick up the book, so we can scream together.

Like I said, I read this book in one sitting. It's only 260 pages long, which is a perfect length for this kind of story. It's set in a Then // Now narrative, since the point is that three of the five friends who went camping died (not a spoiler, it says that on the blurb!), and Heather, the narrator, is being blamed for the murders. But she thinks it was done by a Pagan spirit, hence why she's now in a psychiatric unit, speaking to a therapist, in the Now sections. The contrast is really interesting and well done. Heather is also a super likeable narrator, and she has a blossoming romance with another character that's really fun to read about. I usually hate this kind of thing in YA, mostly because it's usually a case of instalove but this was really believable and I even got butterflies. I don't get butterflies. I am not a smushy person when it comes to humans and love and stuff. But I got butterflies.

The main thing that kept me going with this book was the suspense. I genuinely got so anxious around some bits, because being stranded in the middle of nowhere with weird things going on is literally my worst nightmare, and McFall conveys the whole thing really well, and it's definitely eerie. I just had to know what was going to happen.

And then I found out. There was the ending. The ending that messed me up. The ending of this book. 
I don't even know what to say.
Just read the book. 

No but seriously. I sound like a complete moron, but I just don't know how to express myself without screaming and shouting. If you've read this book, or read it, you have to hit me up so we can chat about the ending. 


Ending aside, it was really enjoyable to read a standalone novel again. I feel like every book on the market right now is part of a trilogy, and trilogies usually suck. The setting of this book (Scotland) was also pretty original, so props to McFall for that. I don't know what else I can say apart from you really have to read this book! 

Do you have any books that messed with you or really impacted you?

Charlie CP x


  1. Hahaha I can certify you did definitely text people after reading it! Honestly this sounds soooo good, I'm intrigued about the ending now so I need to pick this up asap!
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

  2. Oh wow, this sounds amazing! I love reading and I always like to try out recommendations! After that review, I'm so excited to read this book!
    Aleeha xXx (currently running a sunglasses and eyeglasses giveaway)

  3. Oh wow, this sounds amazing! I love reading and I always like to try out recommendations! After that review, I'm so excited to read this book!
    Aleeha xXx (currently running a sunglasses and eyeglasses giveaway)

  4. I know EXACTLY what you mean about this book. Like seriously it is effed up! I read the last few pages like NO?! DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?!😨
    This was a great review and this book is so underhyped!😊

  5. Charlie, dear. I love these kind of posts. You make me want to pick up all the books I have started and never finished. Reading is such an awesome activity and thank you for bringing it back. :)
    I remember we had to read books throughout middle/high school and review them. Funny how back then when it was the most hated thing to do, now I am excited for doing it again haha.

  6. Ooh this sound so intriguing! I'm a sucker for the MASSIVE PLOT TWIST so might have to pick this one up after my current read! xxx