Category: Reviews

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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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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