Category: Reviews

Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

‘”When did you become so weak?” I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.’ I finally got around to reading Paula Hawkins bestselling novel The Girl On The Train, and it has seriously made me wonder why I don’t read thrillers more often. The only two I’ve read in ages have been this one and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson, and… Read more »

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Manga Mini Reviews: Death Note Black Editions – Volumes 2-4

Manga Mini Reviews: Death Note Black Editions – Volumes 2-4

Warning: Spoilers!  A week or so ago I reviewed the first volume of Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and absolutely loved it! It’s the first manga I’ve read and I adored the story and the characters, and so have been on a bit of a Death Note binge since then. I’ve now read Volumes 2, 3 and 4 of the Black Editions (which each contain two of the original volumes, so I’ve technically read as far as volume 8), and things have certainly got very interesting! I need to get hold of… Read more »

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Review: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Review: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

‘Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.’ Ages ago I read The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells and really enjoyed it, despite being immensely creeped out by it. Therefore I thought I’d give one of his more famous works a go and went for The Time Machine…and yet again found it enjoyable but extremely strange and… Read more »

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Review: Death Note – Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba

Review: Death Note – Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba

‘The human whose name is written in this note shall die.’ I’ve been meaning to read some manga for ages, so I decided to start out with Death Note (story by Tsugumi, art by Takeshi Obata, translation by Yuki Kowalsky). I really liked the sound of the concept and thought it opened itself up to a lot of the ‘questioning what’s right and wrong’ dilemmas that I love to see in fiction. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Death Note tells the story of genius student Light Yagami who finds a dropped notebook… Read more »

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Review: The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

Review: The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

‘”Not an hour ago, there was a rush of falling stars – one of the women told me. Do you know what that means?” Anne didn’t have the energy for any reply, let alone the furious one she wanted to make. The midwife smiled brilliantly. “It is a sign, Your Majesty. A sign of God’s good pleasure on you and all England. He has given us a prince. A Prince of Wales to follow in his great father’s footsteps.”‘ Whilst I’m a huge fan of historical fiction I’ve never actually… Read more »

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Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

‘“For indeed you have a choice. You can flee and hide, and wait to be found. You can live out your days in terror, without meaning. Or you can take the harder choice, and you can save them.”’ If you remember my post from a couple of weeks back, I explained how I barely ever read randomly any more, and that I had picked this book on a whim at the bookshop to try and remedy that. And I fell so lucky with my random read, because this book was… Read more »

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Review: The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

Review: The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

”He wants me! Henry wants me!’ She eyed me dispassionately. ‘You are such a child, Katherine! If you’re expecting a love match, it will not happen.’ Her voice surprised me with it’s harshness, even when, at the distress she must have seen on my face, her eyes softened. ‘We do not deal in love, Katherine. We marry for duty.’ As I’ve previously discussed, I bought three Anne O’Brien books for £5 recently at a discount bookshop, and The Forbidden Queen is now the second of them that I’ve read, after… Read more »

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

‘I smelled jasmine first – then saw stars. A sea of stars flickering beyond glowing pillars of moonstone that framed the sweeping view of endless snowcapped mountains. “Welcome to the Night Court,” was all Rhys said.’ Warning: Contains some minor spoilers (sorry, I couldn’t help it!). It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas’ books, but the jist of my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses over a year ago was that it was OK, but would never live up to the Throne of… Read more »

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

‘”There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. Maggie Stiefvater is an author whose work I’ve been meaning to check out for some time, and the Raven Cycle is a series that I’ve heard so much about that I was really excited to finally get to start it. I did enjoy it, but if I’m entirely honest (and please don’t kill me in my sleep Maggie… Read more »

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Review: The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien

Review: The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien

‘You may consider me despicable, my lady, yet you will hear me. I am the King’s mistress.’ How strange it sounded to say it out loud. I lifted my head and held her gaze. ‘He chose me. He sent for me, and I will perform my duty with honour.’ I have always been a fan of historical fiction, although I’ve tended to stick mostly with books set around the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor period. Therefore with The King’s Concubine I ventured even further back to the time of… Read more »

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