Category: Reviews

Mini Reviews: ‘I Was Born For This’ and ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’

Mini Reviews: ‘I Was Born For This’ and ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’

It has literally been so long since I’ve posted any reviews, and I am so behind! I’ve been really struggling to find motivation to write reviews recently though, so I’ve decided to try mixing up my format a bit to see if it makes it easier and more fun to write them. I’m still going to be doing two mini-reviews in each post, but I’m going to be using subtitles to try and make sure they actually stay mini-reviews, instead of turning into my usual lengthy rambles! Anyway, today I’m reviewing two contemporaries I read recently, both by authors whose… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Once and For All’ And ‘Eliza and Her Monsters’

Mini Reviews: ‘Once and For All’ And ‘Eliza and Her Monsters’

I’ve been reading even more contemporary YA fiction recently, and have been really enjoying it. I read one of the few Sarah Dessen books I hadn’t yet read, Once and For All, and unsurprisingly I loved it. I also read Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, which I had heard so many good things about. Thankfully it lived up to my high expectations! Check out my reviews below: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen Louna works for her mother’s crazy wedding planning business, and has seen literally every disaster that can possibly befall a wedding, and so it’s… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Other Woman’ And ‘What You Did’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Other Woman’ And ‘What You Did’

Recently I’ve been on a bit of a thriller kick again, and read two wonderfully sinister books that I’d highly recommend: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones and What You Did by Claire McGowan. Check out my reviews below! The Other Woman by Sandie Jones Emily has finally met the man of her dreams in Adam. Everything should be perfect, but lurking in the shadows, pretending to be all sweetness and light is Adam’s mother Pammie, and she’s out to get her. What Emily initially thinks is just a single mother being over protective of her son spirals and becomes… Read more »

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Books I Forgot To Review

Books I Forgot To Review

I’m pretty terrible at remembering to review books in a timely manner, so there have been a fair few that have slipped through the cracks! It mostly tends to be mediocre books that I had no strong feelings towards that I forget to review, as I don’t find myself desperate to talk about them. Plus once it’s been a couple of weeks since I read them, I’ve usually forgotten the specifics, which makes it so much harder to review them! So I thought I’d do a quick post where I attempt to remember and summarise my feelings towards a few… Read more »

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5 Reasons To Read Circe by Madeline Miller

5 Reasons To Read Circe by Madeline Miller

I recently read Madeline Miller’s book Circe, and I really can’t recommend it enough! It tells the story of Circe, daughter of the mightiest of Titans, Helios, who spends her childhood being looked down on as weak by her father and the other Gods and Titans. However, when it gradually becomes clear that she possesses incredible powers of witchcraft, Zeus is threatened, and has her banished to a deserted island. Despite the fact she’s in exile, she crosses paths with a variety of men and creatures from legend, and incurs the wrath of a powerful foe. If that doesn’t already… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Second Wife’ and ‘A Version of the Truth’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Second Wife’ and ‘A Version of the Truth’

Thrillers are usually a good go-to for me if I want a fast-paced, enjoyable read. However, I read a couple recently that I wasn’t overly blown away by. Check out my reviews below for more info! The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne Rebecca and Nicole have been best friends for years, so Rebecca is understandably devastated to hear from Nicole’s husband that she has committed suicide. Grief stricken, Rebecca heads back to England from France for the funeral, and meets Nicole’s handsome and charming husband Richard for the first time. Determined to find out what drove her vivacious friend to… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Rest of the Story’ and ‘Starry Eyes’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Rest of the Story’ and ‘Starry Eyes’

So recently I’ve been trying to read more contemporary books, and I’ve been loving my choices so far! I decided to start out with Sarah Dessen’s newest book, The Rest of the Story, and Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, which I’d heard great things about. Thankfully neither of them disappointed me, and it’s definitely made me want to read even more contemporary. Check out my reviews below! The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen ‘There is always the rest of the story, right? Even if you don’t know right now what it is.’ Emma’s mother died when she was… Read more »

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Review: The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber

Review: The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber

‘Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.’ Scarlett has been dreaming of the magic of Caraval since she was a young girl, and as a child wrote letter after letter to the mysterious man behind it, hoping to be invited. However, she has long since given up, and now only wants a means of escape… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Kings of the Wyld’ and ‘Bloody Rose’

Mini Reviews: ‘Kings of the Wyld’ and ‘Bloody Rose’

These books were must-reads for me as soon as I saw them! A fantasy series set in a world where mercenary bands are like rockstars? Yes please! And I really wasn’t disappointed for the most part! I’ve never read anything like this before, and I can’t recommend it enough to other fantasy fans. Check out my reviews for more details! Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames ‘Clay pushed his body off him and mumbled another apology – because, enemy or not, when you hit a man in the nuts with a magic hammer the least you could say was sorry.’… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Red Sister’ and ‘Grey Sister’

Mini Reviews: ‘Red Sister’ and ‘Grey Sister’

Mark Lawrence is an author I’ve been meaning to check out for a while, and I’m so glad I finally did! I read Red Sister and Grey Sister in quick succession, as I was so eager to carry on with Nona’s story, and I can’t wait to read the third book in the Book of the Ancestor series soon! Red Sister by Mark Lawrence ‘It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient bravery. For when Sister Cage of the Sweet Mercy Convent steps onto the battlefield courage is often found to be… Read more »

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