Category: Reviews

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

‘The King waved a hand at her…”Is it done?” Celaena reached a gloved hand into the sack and tossed the severed head towards him. No one spoke as it bounced, a vulgar thudding of stiff and rotting flesh on marble.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. A couple of weeks ago I posted my review of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, a novel which I had avoided for a long time for fear it wouldn’t live up to the massive hype around it. Fortunately, it did, and I actually loved the second book in the series even more! Crown of Midnight begins… Read more »

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Review: The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

Review: The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

‘In the very first instance, I was won over, and of course I was: I was fifteen and had been nowhere and done nothing, whereas Katherine was twenty-one and yellow-silk-clad and just married to the golden boy.’ A few years back I read Suzannah Dunn’s The Confessions of Katherine Howard and could remember enjoying it, so when I found out she had written a novel about Jane Seymour I was pretty intrigued. Whilst I seem to have read loads of books about such scandalous figures as Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, Jane Seymour is the wife of Henry VIII who… Read more »

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

‘Atop the hill, Celaena stared at the crowning achievement of Adarlan. The glass castle of Rifthold.’ I had been hearing about this book for so long that I’ll admit I was a little worried when I finally began reading it. The last time I read a book that had such a huge hype around it I found it to be really disappointing (as you can gather from this extremely ranty review!), so I wondered if it would live up to everything I had heard about it. So imagine my relief when this book turned out to be amazing! For my… Read more »

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8 Things ‘On Writing’ By Stephen King Teaches You About Writing

8 Things ‘On Writing’ By Stephen King Teaches You About Writing

‘If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.’ Recently, I finally got round to reading Stephen King’s famous book On Writing. The book is part memoir, with King describing the life events that made him the writer he is, and partly instructional, offering tips and advice about writing. After reading it, I can see why this is a book often considered to be essential reading for writers. It’s inspirational, informative, and infused with enough humour to make it entertaining as well as instructive (and that’s a lot… Read more »

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Review: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

‘There was a harsh gale blowing on the night Yarvi learned he was a king. Or half a king, a least.’ Warning: minor spoilers. As a fantasy fan, I have been meaning to read some of Joe Abercrombie’s work for ages, and have had The Blade Itself on my TBR list since forever. However, I happened upon Half A King a couple of weeks ago and liked the look of it, so decided to give it a go. And I was not disappointed! Half A King tells the story of Yarvi, the second and youngest son of the renowned warrior… Read more »

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Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

‘He’s such the cool guy with his pegged jeans and black low-tops, his effortlessly beat-up punk-rock tees and his subtle tattoos. He is not the kind of guy to end up with someone like me.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. I had literally seen this book everywhere in the blogosphere when I picked it up the other day at the bookshop, which is why it’s kind of weird that I had no idea what it was actually about! So for those who, like me, seem to have been living in a cave and don’t know what If I Stay is about, it… Read more »

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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

‘No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken…’ I picked up Station Eleven on a bit of a whim the other week in Waterstones. The clashing orange font on white background caught my eye, and the blurb said something about the apocalypse and Shakespeare, so I was pretty much sold (who wouldn’t be intrigued by Shakespeare + the apocalypse?). The novel opens with a famous actor, Arthur Leander, having a heart… Read more »

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Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

‘Say farewell to bondage! But say farewell also to ease! Say farewell to the weak! Say farewell to your treasures! More still shall we make. Journey light: but bring with you your swords! For we will go further than Oromë, endure longer than Tulkas: we will never turn back from pursuit. After Morgoth to the ends of the Earth!’ I pretty much owe my entire love of the fantasy genre to J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings – the rich, intriguing world of Middle Earth capturing my imagination from a young age. Little did I know that the… Read more »

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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

‘We don’t know what’s happened out there since they put us in here, or how many generations have lived and died since they did. We could be the last people left. “It doesn’t matter,” I say, more sternly than I mean to. “It doesn’t matter what’s out there, we have to see it for ourselves.”‘ It’s been quite a while since I read Divergent and Insurgent, and if I’m honest, I’ve kind of been putting off reading Allegiant, the last book in the trilogy. Whilst I loved Divergent, I found Insurgent to be a little, well, ‘meh’ I guess, and… Read more »

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Film Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Film Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

As the final film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and what is most likely his last jaunt into the world of Middle Earth, I really, really wanted to love this film when I went to see it on Friday night. Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have generally been exempt from my usual disdain for book to film adaptations (despite being based on some of my favourite books) and contrary to popular opinion amongst many die-hard Tolkien fans, I have actually enjoyed Peter Jackson’s extending of The Hobbit story – a few hundred page book – into a great… Read more »

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