Category: Reviews

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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Mini Reviews: ‘The Winter King’ and ‘Enemy of God’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Winter King’ and ‘Enemy of God’

Bernard Cornwell is an author whose books I’ve been meaning to check out for a long time but hadn’t ever found the time to (even though I’ve had a copy of The Last Kingdom for ages!). However, when I found out he’d written a series of books based on Arthurian legend (a topic I love so much I wrote my dissertation on it in university!) I decided not to wait any longer, and jumped right into the Warlord Chronicles. So far I’ve read the first two books, The Winter King and Enemy of God, and I’m really looking forward to reading the final book Excalibur soon! Check out my… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Lady of the Rivers’ and ‘The Taming of the Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Lady of the Rivers’ and ‘The Taming of the Queen’

I’ve been a huge fan of Philippa Gregory for years, ever since I read The Other Boleyn Girl. In fact, I’d go as far as to credit Philippa Gregory with kick starting my love of historical fiction, which is now one of my all time favourite genres! However, I definitely haven’t read all of her books (she has so many!), so I thought it was about time to catch up on a few that have been on my TBR list for ages, and I did so very cheaply! I borrowed The Lady of the Rivers from the library and got The Taming of the Queen for… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Promise of Fire’ and ‘Wintersong’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Promise of Fire’ and ‘Wintersong’

Today I’m reviewing two YA fantasy books, and I have to say, I absolutely adore both of these book covers! So pretty! Unfortunately I didn’t like one of these books quite as much as I liked the cover. So read on for my full reviews! A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet “I conquered a kingdom and found a treasure.” His voice turns gravelly, low. “I won’t let you go. Not now. Not ever.” In the far North, where magic is plentiful, a ruthless Queen rules with an iron fist. Meanwhile in the magic-starved South a rebellion is rising against the Queen’s tyranny,… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Gathering of Shadows’ and ‘A Conjuring of Light’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Gathering of Shadows’ and ‘A Conjuring of Light’

So I finally finished the Darker Shade of Magic series, about a million years after everyone else! Hooray! You can check out my review for book one, A Darker Shade of Magic, here, or keep reading for my reviews of books 2 and 3! A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab ‘“Oh yes, your relationship with Miss Bard is positively ordinary.” “Be quiet.” “Crossing worlds, killing royals, saving cities. The marks of every good courtship.”’ Four months after the events of A Darker Shade of Magic, and Lila and Kell have gone their separate ways. Lila is living out her dream of becoming a pirate aboard the Night… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘I Let You Go’ and ‘I See You’

Mini Reviews: ‘I Let You Go’ and ‘I See You’

Lately I’ve been loving crime and thriller novels, and two of my absolute favourites have been by Claire Mackintosh: I Let You Go and I See You. Neither of them took me longer than a couple of days to read, I was so eager to know what happened next, and I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys crime fiction. Check out my full reviews below! I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh ‘I want to fix an image of him in my head, but all I can see when I close my eyes is his body, still and lifeless in my arms. I let… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Three Sisters, Three Queens’ and ‘Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘Three Sisters, Three Queens’ and ‘Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen’

Historical fiction is easily one of my favourite genres, and so I’ve been very lucky recently to have read some amazing Tudor-period novels. Therefore I thought I’d combine them into a Tudor-themed mini review post, so enjoy, fellow history nerds! Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory ‘I will never forgive her this. I will never forget this.’ When Katherine of Aragon arrives in England to marry Arthur Tudor, she meets her two future sisters-in-law, Margaret and Mary, and so begins a life long sisterhood, rife with rivalry, affection and divided loyalties. Through the rise and fall of each sister’s… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online,’ ‘Mad Girl’ and ‘Moranifesto’

Mini Reviews: ‘Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online,’ ‘Mad Girl’ and ‘Moranifesto’

I seem to have been on a bit of a non-fiction spree recently, particularly in regards to female memoirs, so I thought I’d group together some mini reviews of my favourites! Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon “We obsessively document our lives on social media because the experience itself is now not enough. We basically live face down in pixels and post whatever is in our heads, whenever we want, without a second thought…There are even people in the world who say the word ‘hashtag’ out loud.” It’s actually been a while since I read Ctrl Alt Delete,… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ and ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ and ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab “Sure I do,” countered Lila cheerfully. “There’s Dull London, Kell London, Creepy London, and Dead London,” she recited, ticking them off on her fingers. “See? I’m a fast learner.” Kell is one of only two people with the ability to travel between parallel universes and the three different Londons: the dull, magicless Grey London, the enchanting, magical Red London, and the bleak, desperate White London. Because of his rare abilities he acts as an official messenger between the different Londons, but unofficially he is a smuggler, a hobby that gets him into a… Read more »

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