Category: Reviews

Mini Reviews: ‘Three Sisters, Three Queens’ and ‘Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘Three Sisters, Three Queens’ and ‘Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen’

Historical fiction is easily one of my favourite genres, and so I’ve been very lucky recently to have read some amazing Tudor-period novels. Therefore I thought I’d combine them into a Tudor-themed mini review post, so enjoy, fellow history nerds! Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory ‘I will never forgive her this. I will never forget this.’ When Katherine of Aragon arrives in England to marry Arthur Tudor, she meets her two future sisters-in-law, Margaret and Mary, and so begins a life long sisterhood, rife with rivalry, affection and… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online,’ ‘Mad Girl’ and ‘Moranifesto’

Mini Reviews: ‘Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online,’ ‘Mad Girl’ and ‘Moranifesto’

I seem to have been on a bit of a non-fiction spree recently, particularly in regards to female memoirs, so I thought I’d group together some mini reviews of my favourites! Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon “We obsessively document our lives on social media because the experience itself is now not enough. We basically live face down in pixels and post whatever is in our heads, whenever we want, without a second thought…There are even people in the world who say the word ‘hashtag’ out loud.”… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ and ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ and ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab “Sure I do,” countered Lila cheerfully. “There’s Dull London, Kell London, Creepy London, and Dead London,” she recited, ticking them off on her fingers. “See? I’m a fast learner.” Kell is one of only two people with the ability to travel between parallel universes and the three different Londons: the dull, magicless Grey London, the enchanting, magical Red London, and the bleak, desperate White London. Because of his rare abilities he acts as an official messenger between the different Londons, but unofficially he… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ and ‘Three Dark Crowns’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ and ‘Three Dark Crowns’

As I said in a discussion post the other day, I seem to be getting really behind on my reviews, so its actually been a while since I read The Wrath and the Dawn and Three Dark Crowns. However, I enjoyed them so much though that I didn’t want to not review them, so I thought I’d do some quick, mini reviews as a lot of commenters suggested: ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ by Renee Ahdieh “It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. to want something so much—to hold it in your… Read more »

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Review: Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden

Review: Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden

‘He summoned his will to be cruel, to tell Edward they had no choice but to run, that they were in the wrong place, in the wrong season and that Warwick had already won… ‘Very well, Edward. I will ride with you, one more time.” It’s definitely a sign of a great series when you read the last book and are genuinely gutted that it’s over, and that’s how I felt when I finished Conn Iggulden’s Ravenspur. I didn’t actually realise it was the last book in the series until half way through… Read more »

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Review: Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

Review: Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

‘“Don’t you long for something different to happen, something so exciting and new it carries you along with it like a great tide, something that lets your life blaze and burn so the whole world can see it?”’ Anyone whose a regular visitor to my blog has probably heard me go on about Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest: it was easily the best book I read last year, and definitely one of my all-time best reads (high praise indeed!). So I’ve no idea why I’ve waited this long to read the next… Read more »

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Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

‘I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower’s stem.’ A while ago I read the first book in Diana Gabaldon’s famous Outlander series, and whilst I enjoyed it, I found it problematic in a several ways. However, I feel like these issues were less prominent in this second instalment, and I actually found myself enjoying Dragonfly in Amber much more than Outlander. Dragonfly in Amber opens with Claire Randall having returned to the 20th Century, where she has been living for… Read more »

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Review: The Brontë Cabinet by Deborah Lutz

Review: The Brontë Cabinet by Deborah Lutz

“There are few books I’d rather carry me late into the night than Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Villette, few books whose worlds I’d rather crawl into and inhabit. I have even felt, somehow, known by their heroines, as if they might recognise me when I enter their spheres.” I don’t seem to read non-fiction books all that often these days, but Deborah Lutz’s The Brontë Cabinet: Three Live in Nine Objects is one book I’ve been pretty excited to get to for a long time. I’ve been a huge fan of the Brontë sisters’ work for years, and have been… Read more »

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Review: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

Review: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

‘The King might be praying for me but it was three years and more since I had last seen him. Three years and more since I had been married and widowed. Three years during which I had rejected the possibility of this union. Yet now I stood on the threshold of a new life.’ As an avid fan of historical fiction, I was really pleased to discover a new historical fiction writer last year: Anne O’Brien. I read two of her books, The King’s Concubine and The Forbidden Queen, and really enjoyed them…. Read more »

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Mini Reviews: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Mini Reviews: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been meaning to review these books for simply ages, but have been struggling to decide how to put into words my absolute adoration of this duology…so prepare for some serious gushing! It actually took me a long time to get round to reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, even though they’ve been on my book radar for some time. I think a large part of the delay was my fear of the hype – a few well hyped series I’ve read haven’t lived up to my expectations (ahem, The Raven Boys, I’m looking at you!), and… Read more »

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