Category: Reviews

Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Review: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

‘“For indeed you have a choice. You can flee and hide, and wait to be found. You can live out your days in terror, without meaning. Or you can take the harder choice, and you can save them.”’ If you remember my post from a couple of weeks back, I explained how I barely ever read randomly any more, and that I had picked this book on a whim at the bookshop to try and remedy that. And I fell so lucky with my random read, because this book was absolutely AMAZING! Set in Celtic Britain, Daughter of the Forest… Read more »

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Review: The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

Review: The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

”He wants me! Henry wants me!’ She eyed me dispassionately. ‘You are such a child, Katherine! If you’re expecting a love match, it will not happen.’ Her voice surprised me with it’s harshness, even when, at the distress she must have seen on my face, her eyes softened. ‘We do not deal in love, Katherine. We marry for duty.’ As I’ve previously discussed, I bought three Anne O’Brien books for £5 recently at a discount bookshop, and The Forbidden Queen is now the second of them that I’ve read, after The King’s Concubine. I absolutely loved The King’s Concubine, and… Read more »

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

‘I smelled jasmine first – then saw stars. A sea of stars flickering beyond glowing pillars of moonstone that framed the sweeping view of endless snowcapped mountains. “Welcome to the Night Court,” was all Rhys said.’ Warning: Contains some minor spoilers (sorry, I couldn’t help it!). It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas’ books, but the jist of my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses over a year ago was that it was OK, but would never live up to the Throne of Glass series. Well, things just got complicated…I loved A Court… Read more »

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

‘”There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. Maggie Stiefvater is an author whose work I’ve been meaning to check out for some time, and the Raven Cycle is a series that I’ve heard so much about that I was really excited to finally get to start it. I did enjoy it, but if I’m entirely honest (and please don’t kill me in my sleep Maggie Stiefvater fans!), I didn’t love it quite as much as… Read more »

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Review: The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien

Review: The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien

‘You may consider me despicable, my lady, yet you will hear me. I am the King’s mistress.’ How strange it sounded to say it out loud. I lifted my head and held her gaze. ‘He chose me. He sent for me, and I will perform my duty with honour.’ I have always been a fan of historical fiction, although I’ve tended to stick mostly with books set around the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor period. Therefore with The King’s Concubine I ventured even further back to the time of Edward III, the king whose descendants were the central figures in… Read more »

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642 Things To Write

642 Things To Write

Last Friday was my birthday (hooray for being 23!), and my parents got me a book I’ve had my eye on in Waterstones for some time: 642 Things To Write by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. This book is full of fun writing prompts with space underneath to write in, so I thought it would be a useful tool for getting those creative juices flowing when I was feeling a little uninspired. And I was right! I’ve tried to do at least one exercise a day so far, and it has not only been really fun, but has definitely got me in the… Read more »

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Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

‘Did you talk?’ Glokta could’t help himself, he spluttered with shrill laughter… ‘Did I talk? I talked until my throat was raw. I told them everything I could think of. I screamed every secret I’d heard. I babbled like a fool. When I ran out of things to tell them I made things up. I pissed myself and cried like a girl. Everyone does.’ ‘But not everyone survives. Two years in the Emperor’s prisons. No one else lasted half that long.’ I don’t know why when I still have one more book left to read in Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea trilogy, I decided it was… Read more »

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Review: Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill

Review: Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill

‘Somehow I had never expected to hear the name again, it sounded odd, like a word in another language. Rebecca. A word from another life. We never spoke it. I do not think it had crossed either of our lips since that terrible night.’ Years and years ago I first read Daphne du Maurier’s haunting book Rebecca and absolutely loved it. The slow-building, sinister atmosphere was beautifully crafted and genuinely unsettling, and the characters – even Rebecca, who is a character dead before the start of the novel – were incredibly vivid. I even wrote an essay on the book… Read more »

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5 Inspiring Quotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

5 Inspiring Quotes from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic is one that has been in my sights for a long time. Aside from having a beautiful, eye-poppingly bright cover, it was also heavily recommended to me by a friend, so I decided it was finally time to get myself a copy! And I am seriously so glad that I did! As a creative person, this book was everything I’d hoped it would be: inspiring, engaging and deeply insightful. I can’t say I was completely sold on every theory within this book, but on the whole I found it to be a really interesting read, and… Read more »

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

‘Cinder’s netlink took over, as it did in moments when she couldn’t think for herself. Searching, connecting, feeding information to her she didn’t want. Letumosis. The blue fever. Worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of thousands dead. Unknown cause, unknown cure.’ Cinder is a talented mechanic in New Beijing, providing for her stepmother and two stepsisters in a society ravaged by a terrible plague, for which no cure can be found. Reviled by both her stepmother and society for being a cyborg (a human with mechanical parts) she feels like a constant outsider and longs only to escape from her humdrum life, until… Read more »

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