Category: Reviews

Mini Reviews: ‘The Last Tudor’ and ‘Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Last Tudor’ and ‘Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession’

I’ve again been on a bit of a historical fiction kick recently, and finally got round to reading two books I’ve been intending to read since they were released: Philippa Gregory’s latest book The Last Tudor, and the latest of Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens books, Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession. Check out my reviews below! The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory ‘You don’t get to be a favorite at a tyrant’s court without beheading your principles every day.’ Following the death of Henry VIII’s only son, King Edward VI, England is thrown into turmoil as the succession is unclear. With both his daughters vying for the… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Cruel Prince’ and ‘One Dark Throne’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Cruel Prince’ and ‘One Dark Throne’

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake were both books I was super excited to read. There has been a huge buzz around The Cruel Prince in the blogosphere lately, whilst One Dark Throne is, of course, the follow-up to Three Dark Crowns, which I absolutely loved. Thankfully, I really enjoyed both of these books, although perhaps due to the immense hype and my own high expectations I didn’t love either of them quite as much as I’d hoped? Check out my reviews to find out more! The Cruel Prince by Holly Black  ‘What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Revenger’ and ‘The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet’

Mini Reviews: ‘Revenger’ and ‘The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet’

In my post a couple of weeks ago I spoke about how I’d like to start reading more science fiction, and so when I saw Alastair Reynolds’ book Revenger in Waterstones I snapped it up. I ended up liking it so much that I immedietely followed it up by reading another space-opera style book with Becky Chambers’ The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, which was on sale on Kindle. I ended up loving it even more than Revenger, in fact it was one of the best book I’ve read in a long time! Check out my reviews below: Revenger by Alastair Reynolds ‘A voice buzzed from… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Doll House’ and ‘The Housekeeper’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Doll House’ and ‘The Housekeeper’

I really have been on a roll with the thrillers lately! I didn’t enjoy The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan or The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty as much as I enjoyed The Girlfriend and The Couple Next Door, but they were still great reads. Find out more below! The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan ‘This time the recognition is faster, the image pops straight into my head. It is small and blue, exactly as I remembered. A little door, broken off from its hinges, the edges of it sharp and splintered.’ Corinne is still reeling from the death of her father a year ago, and her three failed attempts… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Couple Next Door’ and ‘The Girlfriend’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Couple Next Door’ and ‘The Girlfriend’

I’ve been on a real thriller kick at the moment, and two of the best I’ve read have been The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena and The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances. The Couple Next Door was a fast-paced story full of dramatic twists and turns, whilst The Girlfriend was more of a slow-burning, yet captivating read, but both were absolutely brilliant in their own ways. Read on for my reviews! The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena ‘Everyone is faking it, all of them pretending to be something they’re not. The whole world is built on lies and deceit.’ When Anne and Marco Conti’s babysitter cancels on… Read more »

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My Best Reads of 2017

My Best Reads of 2017

It seems like just yesterday I was writing my ‘Best of 2016’ post and bemoaning what had globally been a terrible year, and here we are again! 2017 is rapidly drawing to a close, and whilst I wouldn’t say it’s been a great year worldwide (Donald Trump is still president, Brexit is still in progress and there has been a horrible spate of terrorist attacks and disasters), it’s been a reasonable year for me personally. Nothing groundbreaking happened, but nothing too terrible either. And as for reading: well 2017 has been a fantastic year! This has been the first year… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Scandalous Duchess’ and ‘Excalibur’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Scandalous Duchess’ and ‘Excalibur’

I’ve been reading some really great historical fiction recently (well…I guess Excalibur is only ‘kind of’ historical fiction seen as it’s based on legend, but it has a historical setting!), so read on if you want some fantastic recommendations! The Scandalous Duchess by Anne O’Brien When Lady Katherine Swynford finds herself widowed and destitute, she turns to an old friend of her family’s for help: the powerful and enigmatic Duke of Lancaster, John of Gaunt. Katherine gratefully accepts a position in his wife’s household, but gradually finds herself drawn into the Duke’s web and a tempestuous love that outweighs the scandal. But… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Child of the Prophecy’ and ‘Heir to Sevenwaters’

Mini Reviews: ‘Child of the Prophecy’ and ‘Heir to Sevenwaters’

So I finally got round to reading the last book in Juliet Marillier’s incredible Sevenwaters Trilogy, and have now started on the follow-up books she wrote several years later. Since reading Daughter of the Forest last year, Juliet Marillier has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and I love her writing even more with each book I read (although Son of the Shadows is still my favorite). If you haven’t already read her books, I seriously can not recommend them enough if you’re a fan of the magical and mysterious! Check out my reviews of Child of the Prophecy and Heir to Sevenwaters below: Child of the Prophecy… Read more »

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6 Inspiring Quotes from ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed

6 Inspiring Quotes from ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild: From Lost To Found is a book I’ve been meaning to read for so long… I’d heard a lot about how inspiring and uplifting it was, and when I read it recently I was pleased to find that it was all that and so much more. For those who haven’t heard of Wild (which I suspect most people will have – it was made into a film with Reese Witherspoon in it several years ago!), it’s about 26 year old Cheryl Strayed’s journey hiking thousands of miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to find herself and figure… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Shadow and Bone’ and ‘Siege and Storm’

Mini Reviews: ‘Shadow and Bone’ and ‘Siege and Storm’

A while ago I read and absolutely adored Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology, and I’ve been meaning to read her earlier series, The Grisha Trilogy, ever since. I had heard from various people that this series isn’t as good as Six of Crows, but I decided to give it a go anyway and see what I thought. Plus I was pretty anxious to return to the Grisha world that I had come to love so much in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom! Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo “So I’m the Darkling’s prisoner?” “You’re under his protection.” “What’s the difference?” “Pray you never find out.”… Read more »

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