Category: Reviews

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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Review: Bloodline by Conn Iggulden

Review: Bloodline by Conn Iggulden

”I will be king,’ Edward said, his voice rising in volume and strength. ‘And I will be king tonight.” Warning: Spoilers for the first two books (if you don’t already know the history of the War of the Roses anyway!). I finally finished it! Hallelujah! If anyone read my post last week about being a mood reader, you’ll know why finishing this book is such a big deal. Although it was a great book, I seemed to get halfway through and suddenly decide that actually, I wasn’t really feeling the whole historical… Read more »

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Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

‘I was used to being invisible. People rarely saw me, and if they did, they never looked close. I wasn’t shiny and charming like my brother, stunning and graceful like my mother, or smart and dynamic like my friends. That’s the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.’ As a teenager, I absolutely adored Sarah Dessen’s books. I read Just Listen in a day, and was hooked from there on, devouring This Lullaby, The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key and Along For The… Read more »

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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

‘A queen – a raging and fiery and perhaps more than a little cruel – had found him tonight…Despite the dirt and blood on her, Aelin’s face was tan and flushed with colour, and – different. Older, as if the stillness and power she radiated had honed not just her soul but also the very shape of her.’ Warning: Spoilers When the long-awaited fourth Throne of Glass book was released and the flood of reviews started coming in, it’s fair to say I was a little worried. Despite the Throne of… Read more »

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Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life…My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.’ As someone who reads a lot of fantasy, there is a danger that all the books I read can become a bit samey (eg. a lot of LOTR rip offs). So its been pretty refreshing lately that I’ve not only read the uniquely wonderful Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson… Read more »

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Review: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

‘“What do you want?” she whispered. You know what I want. You’ve always known. And she did. She had sensed it in the moment when she had touched the thing. Ruin, she called it. It had very simple desires. To see the world come to its end.’ So, I finally did it: I completed Brandon Sanderson’s epic Mistborn trilogy. Before reading this series I had been meaning to read some of Sanderson’s books for ages, and I wasn’t disappointed, as I absolutely loved this! I am now super excited to… Read more »

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Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

‘Is today a good day to die? This is something I ask myself in the morning when I wake up. In third period when I’m trying to keep my eyes open while Mr. Schroeder drones on and on. At the supper table as I’m passing the green beans.’ Warning: Spoilers This is another one of those super-hyped books that it has taken me forever to get round to reading, and whilst I did enjoy it, I do feel like it didn’t quite meet my expectations. All The Bright Places tells… Read more »

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Review: Half The World by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Half The World by Joe Abercrombie

‘”In time she will send half the world against us. If we are to resist her, we need allies.” “Where do we find allies?” Father Yarvi smiled. “Amongst our enemies, where else?”‘ It has literally been months since I read Half A King, the first book in Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea series, and I’ve finally read the second book Half The World. Hooray! To be honest, although I loved Half A King I had kind of been putting off reading Half The World because I was worried about the fact… Read more »

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