Category: Reviews

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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Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

‘Say farewell to bondage! But say farewell also to ease! Say farewell to the weak! Say farewell to your treasures! More still shall we make. Journey light: but bring with you your swords! For we will go further than Oromë, endure longer than Tulkas: we will never turn back from pursuit. After Morgoth to the ends of the Earth!’ I pretty much owe my entire love of the fantasy genre to J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings – the rich, intriguing world of Middle Earth capturing my imagination… Read more »

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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

‘We don’t know what’s happened out there since they put us in here, or how many generations have lived and died since they did. We could be the last people left. “It doesn’t matter,” I say, more sternly than I mean to. “It doesn’t matter what’s out there, we have to see it for ourselves.”‘ It’s been quite a while since I read Divergent and Insurgent, and if I’m honest, I’ve kind of been putting off reading Allegiant, the last book in the trilogy. Whilst I loved Divergent, I found… Read more »

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Film Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Film Review – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

As the final film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and what is most likely his last jaunt into the world of Middle Earth, I really, really wanted to love this film when I went to see it on Friday night. Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have generally been exempt from my usual disdain for book to film adaptations (despite being based on some of my favourite books) and contrary to popular opinion amongst many die-hard Tolkien fans, I have actually enjoyed Peter Jackson’s extending of The Hobbit story… Read more »

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Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

‘And, ah! his castle. The faery solitude of the place; with its turrets of misty blue, its courtyard, its spiked gate, his castle that lay on the very bosom of the sea with seabirds mewing about its attics, the casements opening on to the green and purple, evanescent departures of the ocean, cut off by the tide from land for half a day…’ Warning: Spoilers I first read Angela Carter’s short story collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories for a fairy tale module I did at university, and having… Read more »

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Review: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Review: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

‘I remember Prince Hal, William! I remember the lion! Just ten more years and he’d have had the rest of France at his feet. Henry of Monmouth was my king, no other. God knows I would follow his son, but this boy is not his father. You know it. Instead of a lion of England, we have a dear white lamb to lead us in prayer.’ Stormbird is the first in Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses series, and is set in the reign of Henry VI – the frail,… Read more »

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Review: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

Review: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

‘It may be I fancy I have seen more of the ways of this world’s Maker than you – for I have sought his laws, in my way, all my life, while you, I understand, have been collecting butterflies.’ Warning: Spoilers Considering I’m quite a fan of science-fiction (and attempting to be a science-fiction writer for NaNoWriMo!), the fact that I have never read anything by H.G. Wells before now is pretty shocking! Whilst The Time Machine and War of the Worlds are better known, I managed to pick up… Read more »

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Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Warning: Spoilers. As a general rule, I’m pretty sceptical about book to film adaptations: from previous experience, I very rarely like the film as much, and don’t think I’ve ever actually preferred a film. For that reason, I was a little dubious about watching the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, as I absolutely adore John Green’s novel! However, I have to say, I was actually pleasantly surprised by the film! I felt that it was in most cases, very nearly as good as the book (and that… Read more »

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