Category: Reviews

Mini Reviews: The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

Mini Reviews: The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

I’ve been meaning to write reviews for these two books for so long that I’ve decided to just condense them into some little mini-reviews, so here goes! The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning are the second and third books in Laura Andersen’s alternate history trilogy about what would have happened if Anne Boleyn had had a surviving son. I read the first book The Boleyn King a while back and enjoyed it, but didn’t find it to be particularly memorable, so to my surprise I absolutely loved the second and third instalments!… Read more »

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Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.” Warning: Minor spoilers. A while back I read the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s popular Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, and was disappointed to find it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. It’s such a well-loved series in the book blogging world, that I’d hoped to be blown away, but instead found it to simply be OK. However, I decided to give the series a proper go by reading the second book, to see… Read more »

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Review: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

‘“Strange, isn’t it,’ mused Glokta as he watched him struggle for air. ‘Big men, small men, thin men, fat men, clever men, stupid men, they all respond the same to a fist in the guts. One minute you think you’re the most powerful man in the world. The next you can’t even breathe by yourself.”’ It’a been some time since I read the first book in Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, The Blade Itself, and I can remember enjoying the book, but not being 100% blown away. However now that I’ve finally got round… Read more »

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Review: Second Life by S.J. Watson

Review: Second Life by S.J. Watson

‘We’re constantly changing facts, rewriting history to make things easier, to make them fit in with our preferred version of events. We do it automatically. We invent memories. Without thinking. If we tell ourselves something happened often enough we start to believe it, and then we can actually remember it.’ As a general rule, I don’t consider myself to be much of a crime or thriller fan, but seen as I enjoyed the last two I read so much (The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Before I Go To… Read more »

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Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

‘It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Outlander is another of those books that has been on my TBR list since forever (I seem to say this in every single book review!), but it was bumped up to the top after a discussion with my friend who had read it, that left me intrigued.  Outlander (originally published as Cross Stitch) tells the story of Claire Randall, who whilst on a second honeymoon in the Highlands with her husband Frank (in 1945) walks into a… Read more »

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Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

‘”Monsters, monsters, big and small, They’re gonna come and eat you all!”‘ I’ve heard so many good things about Victoria Schwab’s books that I’ve been meaning to try them out for ages! Oddly though, despite having owned A Darker Shade of Magic for ages I ended up reading this one first after I bought it as part of an offer with Empire of Storms.  Thie Savage Song tells the story of Katherine Harker and August Flynn, the children of two bitter enemies, each of whom control a different side of a divided City. Kate… Read more »

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Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

‘Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she’d bleed for Erilea.’ Warning: Spoilers!  As a big-time fan of the Throne of Glass series, I was super excited for the release of Empire of Storms! I bought it on release day and began devouring it pretty much as soon as I got home from work later that day. However, now I’ve finished it, I do have some slightly mixed thoughts on it. In many ways it’s my favourite book of the entire series, and in others it’s… Read more »

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Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

‘Me, Johnny, Mirren and Gat. Gat, Mirren, Johnny, and me. The family calls us four the Liars, and we probably deserve it.’ We Were Liars tells the story of the Sinclair family, who despite being rich and beautiful are beset with dark secrets. The narrator, Cadence, is the oldest grandchild of Harris Sinclair, and every summer when the Sinclairs gather on their private island she bands together with two of her older cousins, Johnny and Mirren, and family friend Gat. Together the four are known as ‘the Liars’, and for the duration… Read more »

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Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

‘ALBUS: Slytherin is the house of the snake, of Dark Magic…it’s not a house of brave wizards.  HARRY: Albus Severus, you were named after two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably there bravest man I ever knew.’ I feel like this book is going to be pretty hard for me to review…for one thing it’s a play script, so it doesn’t exactly read the same as a novel. It’s also an extension of a story that is very important to me, and that I grew… Read more »

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Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

‘Arin wondered if she would lift her eyes, but wasn’t worried he would be seen in the garden’s shadows. He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.’ A couple of weeks ago I published a blog post about just how crazy my physical TBR pile had become, and I asked readers to suggest which book I should tackle next. The one that seemed to come up the most in the comments was The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, so I decided it was… Read more »

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