Category: Reviews

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“You can either die tonight or offer your life to Prythian by living in it forever, forsaking the human realm.”’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Considering my love of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series (and you should check out my Heir of Fire review for some serious ranting about this series!) I was really excited to see her take on a completely different story, set of characters and world in A Court of Thorns and Roses. I was certainly curious as to whether or not I would like it as… Read more »

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Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

‘We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time.’ Marina Keegan, a talented writer with a promising future, graduated from Yale in May 2012. She has already won multiple writing awards, been published in many prestigious publications and had a highly coveted job at the New Yorker lined up. Tragically, five days later she died in a car crash, and The Opposite of Loneliness is a posthumous collection of her essays and stories, including the title essay, which went viral shortly after her death…. Read more »

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Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

‘The Lord Ruler was dead. Even a year later, Vin sometimes found that concept difficult to grasp. The Lord Ruler had been…everything. King and god, lawmaker and ultimate authority. He had been eternal and absolute, and now he was dead.’ A few weeks ago I reviewed the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy, The Final Empire, and I’ve finally got round to reading the second book in the series, The Well of Ascension. Following on from the events of The Final Empire, the kingdom is adjusting to life without the… Read more »

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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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