Category: Reviews

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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642 Things To Write

642 Things To Write

Last Friday was my birthday (hooray for being 23!), and my parents got me a book I’ve had my eye on in Waterstones for some time: 642 Things To Write by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. This book is full of fun writing prompts with space underneath to write in, so I thought it would be a useful tool for getting those creative juices flowing when I was feeling a little uninspired. And I was right! I’ve tried to do at least one exercise a day so far, and it has not only… Read more »

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Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

‘Did you talk?’ Glokta could’t help himself, he spluttered with shrill laughter… ‘Did I talk? I talked until my throat was raw. I told them everything I could think of. I screamed every secret I’d heard. I babbled like a fool. When I ran out of things to tell them I made things up. I pissed myself and cried like a girl. Everyone does.’ ‘But not everyone survives. Two years in the Emperor’s prisons. No one else lasted half that long.’ I don’t know why when I still have one more book left… Read more »

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Review: Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill

Review: Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill

‘Somehow I had never expected to hear the name again, it sounded odd, like a word in another language. Rebecca. A word from another life. We never spoke it. I do not think it had crossed either of our lips since that terrible night.’ Years and years ago I first read Daphne du Maurier’s haunting book Rebecca and absolutely loved it. The slow-building, sinister atmosphere was beautifully crafted and genuinely unsettling, and the characters – even Rebecca, who is a character dead before the start of the novel – were… Read more »

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