Category: Reviews

5 Inspiring Quotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

5 Inspiring Quotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic is one that has been in my sights for a long time. Aside from having a beautiful, eye-poppingly bright cover, it was also heavily recommended to me by a friend, so I decided it was finally time to get myself a copy! And I am seriously so glad that I did! As a creative person, this book was everything I’d hoped it would be: inspiring, engaging and deeply insightful. I can’t say I was completely sold on every theory within this book, but on the whole… Read more »

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

‘Cinder’s netlink took over, as it did in moments when she couldn’t think for herself. Searching, connecting, feeding information to her she didn’t want. Letumosis. The blue fever. Worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of thousands dead. Unknown cause, unknown cure.’ Cinder is a talented mechanic in New Beijing, providing for her stepmother and two stepsisters in a society ravaged by a terrible plague, for which no cure can be found. Reviled by both her stepmother and society for being a cyborg (a human with mechanical parts) she feels like a constant outsider… Read more »

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Review: The Other Queen By Philippa Gregory

Review: The Other Queen By Philippa Gregory

‘I am only twenty-six years old and I have lived three lives already! I deserve the highest place in the world and yet occupy the lowest. But still I am a queen, I am a queen three times over. I was born Queen of Scotland, I was crowned Queen of France and I am heir to the crown of England. Is it likely I will wear anything but ermine?’ I’ve never yet been disappointed by a Philippa Gregory book, and whilst I don’t feel like this was one of her… Read more »

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Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

‘He fought as he wished he had all those years ago, for the chance he had missed. In that moment between storms–when the rain stilled and the winds drew in their breaths to blow–he danced with the slayer of kings, and somehow held his own.’ A few weeks ago I posted to rave about the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, The Way of Kings, and I’ve now read the second book, Words of Radiance and loved it even more. So expect further ranting! In this second instalment (I… Read more »

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Review: Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Review: Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

‘Too many events in this Empire twisted in upon themselves, until centuries of unbending customs led their society towards stagnation and entropy.’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. In this final book in Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts Empire trilogy the level of political intrigue rises (a feat I didn’t think possible after the events of Servant of the Empire) along with the stakes to make this the most exciting book in the entire series. Mara, now Servant of the Empire (an adopted member of the Emperor’s family and an almost mythical… Read more »

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Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

‘Speak again the ancient oaths, life before death. Strength before weakness. Journey before destination. And return to men the Shards they once bore. The Knights Radiant must stand again.’ The Way of Kings is set in a world that is frequently rocked by immense storms, and is in a state of war, centuries after the fall of the legendary Knights Radiant. All that remains of these mythical figures are their Shardblades and Shardplates – armour and swords that transform their users into near invincible warriors. These days the Shards are the property of the… Read more »

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Review: The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Review: The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes stories have been on my TBR list since forever (partly because of my love for the Sherlock TV series, admittedly!), so I’m glad I have finally got round to reading these canonical works of detective fiction. Whilst I often find Victorian literature a little hard-going (I have still to this day never made it all the way through a Dickens novel, despite my best efforts), I absolutely breezed through this collection of 23 stories as I always found myself eager to know the outcome… Read more »

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Review: Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Review: Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

‘Checking her anger, she spoke in measured tones. ‘You are not a “captive”. You are my property.’ Kevin studied Mara’s face, ‘No.’ A grin lit his features, rendered wicked and humourless by the anger that lay behind. ‘Your captive. Nothing more. Never anything more.’ After reading and loving the first book in Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts Empire Trilogy, I went straight back to the library the following day to check out the second book, and was over a hundred pages in after the first day. I enjoyed this book just as… Read more »

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How do you review?

How do you review?

A staple post on any book blog is of course the humble book review: after all, the entire point of a book blog is to discuss your thoughts on books, and a review is one of the best ways to do this. However, if you’ve been hanging round the blogosphere for any length of time you’ll surely have noticed the massive variation in review styles, with different bloggers taking totally different approaches (and let’s not get started on the different rating systems!). Here’s a few common types of review I’ve… Read more »

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Review: Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Review: Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

‘A voice rang out. ‘We seek the Lady of the Acoma!’ The Lady of the Acoma. Like a cold knife plunged into the pit of her stomach, the words cut through Mara’s soul. That one sentence forever changed her life.’ Way back when I first started this blog, I posted a review of Raymond E. Feist’s amazing Riftwar Saga, and was recommended in the comments to check out the Empire Trilogy that he had co-written with fellow fantasy author Janny Wurts. Well, over a year later and I’ve finally made… Read more »

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