Category: Reviews

Review: Trinity by Conn Iggulden

Review: Trinity by Conn Iggulden

‘’You are my king,’ York said softly. ‘I ask only to stand at your side. You need good counsel, cousin. You need me.’ Quite a while ago, I read the first book in Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses series and loved it. Whilst I have read loads of novels about the Tudor period, the War of the Roses is an area of history I know less about, and the story of Henry VI and how the strife between the houses of York and Lancaster began was fascinating. And things… Read more »

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

‘She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. There are seriously, no words for how much I loved this book. THERE ARE NO WORDS! I’m going to try and write a coherent review anyway though, so here goes… Heir of Fire kicks off where Crown of Midnight ended: Celaena is in Wendlyn under the pretence of fulfilling her latest mission for the King of Adarlan. However, her true mission is to find the Fae Queen Maeve and find out how… Read more »

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Review: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

‘Ash fell from the sky. Vin watched the downy flakes drift through the air. Leisurely. Careless. Free. The puffs of soot fell like black snowflakes, descending upon the dark city of Luthadel.’ The Final Empire is set in a fantasy world with a twist: the Dark Lord has already won. The immortal Lord Ruler has ruled over The Final Empire – a dark, dystopian world of falling ash and mist – for 1000 years, as both a God and an evil tyrant. But now a new uprising is gathering, led… Read more »

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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

‘The King waved a hand at her…”Is it done?” Celaena reached a gloved hand into the sack and tossed the severed head towards him. No one spoke as it bounced, a vulgar thudding of stiff and rotting flesh on marble.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. A couple of weeks ago I posted my review of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, a novel which I had avoided for a long time for fear it wouldn’t live up to the massive hype around it. Fortunately, it did, and I actually loved the second… Read more »

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Review: The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

Review: The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

‘In the very first instance, I was won over, and of course I was: I was fifteen and had been nowhere and done nothing, whereas Katherine was twenty-one and yellow-silk-clad and just married to the golden boy.’ A few years back I read Suzannah Dunn’s The Confessions of Katherine Howard and could remember enjoying it, so when I found out she had written a novel about Jane Seymour I was pretty intrigued. Whilst I seem to have read loads of books about such scandalous figures as Anne Boleyn and Katherine… Read more »

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

‘Atop the hill, Celaena stared at the crowning achievement of Adarlan. The glass castle of Rifthold.’ I had been hearing about this book for so long that I’ll admit I was a little worried when I finally began reading it. The last time I read a book that had such a huge hype around it I found it to be really disappointing (as you can gather from this extremely ranty review!), so I wondered if it would live up to everything I had heard about it. So imagine my relief… Read more »

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8 Things ‘On Writing’ By Stephen King Teaches You About Writing

8 Things ‘On Writing’ By Stephen King Teaches You About Writing

‘If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.’ Recently, I finally got round to reading Stephen King’s famous book On Writing. The book is part memoir, with King describing the life events that made him the writer he is, and partly instructional, offering tips and advice about writing. After reading it, I can see why this is a book often considered to be essential reading for writers. It’s inspirational, informative, and infused with enough humour to make… Read more »

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Review: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

‘There was a harsh gale blowing on the night Yarvi learned he was a king. Or half a king, a least.’ Warning: minor spoilers. As a fantasy fan, I have been meaning to read some of Joe Abercrombie’s work for ages, and have had The Blade Itself on my TBR list since forever. However, I happened upon Half A King a couple of weeks ago and liked the look of it, so decided to give it a go. And I was not disappointed! Half A King tells the story of… Read more »

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Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

‘He’s such the cool guy with his pegged jeans and black low-tops, his effortlessly beat-up punk-rock tees and his subtle tattoos. He is not the kind of guy to end up with someone like me.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. I had literally seen this book everywhere in the blogosphere when I picked it up the other day at the bookshop, which is why it’s kind of weird that I had no idea what it was actually about! So for those who, like me, seem to have been living in a cave… Read more »

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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

‘No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken…’ I picked up Station Eleven on a bit of a whim the other week in Waterstones. The clashing orange font on white background caught my eye, and the blurb said something about the apocalypse and Shakespeare, so I was pretty much sold (who wouldn’t be intrigued by Shakespeare + the apocalypse?). The novel… Read more »

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