Tag: Book Review

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 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: ‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ and ‘Jade City’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ and ‘Jade City’

Recently I read two very highly regarded fantasy books: the first book in Scott Lynch’s renowned Gentleman Bastard series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and the multi-award winning Jade City by Fonda Lee. Both books had really imaginative and well-drawn worlds and were really enjoyable, but one more so than the other! Read on to find out more! The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch ‘“Someday, Locke Lamora,” he said, “someday, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Ship of Magic’ and ‘Drums of Autumn’

Mini Reviews: ‘Ship of Magic’ and ‘Drums of Autumn’

At the end of 2018 I decided to take advantage of having finished my Goodreads Challenge to read some of the longer books on my TBR list, and so I finally got round to reading Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb and Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. Both of them took me quite a while to get through, but I really enjoyed them, although perhaps one more than the other. Check out my reviews below for my thoughts! Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb “Many will rant and rave against the garment fate has woven for them, but they pick it up and don it all the same, and most… Read more »

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Thoughts on ‘Kingdom of Ash’ and the End of ‘Throne of Glass’

Thoughts on ‘Kingdom of Ash’ and the End of ‘Throne of Glass’

Warning: Spoilers for the whole Throne of Glass series. So a couple of weeks ago I finished reading Kingdom of Ash, the final book in Sarah J. Maas’ popular YA fantasy series ‘Throne of Glass’. And wow, what a ride its’ been! ToG was one of the first series I discovered through blogging, and it really hooked me on YA, which is not a genre I read very much when I was actually a teenager. I don’t often read new releases, but Sarah J. Maas’ books are some of the few I try and get to as soon as they come out, which just… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Scythe’ and ‘Red Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘Scythe’ and ‘Red Queen’

As much as I enjoyed my Harry Potter reread, it’s been kind of nice getting back to reading ‘new-to-me’ books. Both of the books I’ve read since finishing Harry Potter have been on my TBR for a while, one for a few months, the other for literally years, but thankfully they both lived up to my expectations! Check out my reviews below for more information! Scythe by Neal Shusterman ‘My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy… Read more »

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Am I too generous with star ratings?

Am I too generous with star ratings?

Recently I was glancing back through my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf, and I realised something: I rate a lot of books with 4 or more stars. As in, most of the books I read! This had me thinking, am I just insanely good at picking books I’ll like? Am I just lucky? Or am I a little too generous with my star ratings? I think that the last option seems the most likely, as I’ve often found myself struggling to rate books, especially ‘average’ books. Whilst I can logically tell when a book has gone from being mediocre to amazing based on my… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Recently I read two YA books that I really enjoyed, both with strong female leads, vivid world-building, and if I may be shallow for a moment, absolutely gorgeous covers! It’s a shame I only own these books on Kindle, because I literally adore both of these covers, especially this edition of Flame in the Mist! But onto my thoughts about the books themselves… Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh “Be as swift as the wind. As silent as the forest. As fierce as the fire. As unshakable as the mountain. And you can do anything…” Mariko may be clever and accomplished, but… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Defy the Stars’ and ‘Defy the Worlds’

Mini Reviews: ‘Defy the Stars’ and ‘Defy the Worlds’

This year I seem to be having a major science fiction kick, and have read so many great space opera style books! For example, a while ago I read and reviewed Revenger by Alastair Reynolds and The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, and I absolutely adored both of them. And now I’ve read the first two books in Claudia Gray’s Constellation series – Defy the Stars and Defy the Worlds – and have really enjoyed them too (and am now anxiously awaiting the third book!). Check out my reviews below for more info! Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray ”Your soul is bigger than your programming.”… Read more »

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