Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Blog Tour – The Empire’s Ruin by Brian Staveley

Staveley is an author who I have heard a lot about since coming back into the world of fantasy, so when the invitation for this blog tour landed in my inbox I knew I had to accept! I was immediately gripped by the first chapter of The Empire’s Ruin and it is easy to see why Staveley is a favourite amongst fans of the genre.… Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Rayna’s Sacrifice by A.D. Lombardo

After finishing the last book, I was very excited to get started on this one as I have been itching to go to the Katori mountains since the first book in the series, The Half-Light and it definitely didn’t disappoint! Although we are introduced to other settings in the previous two books, I loved the fact that from the beginning we are in an entirely new place and beginning to learn more about the mysterious and secretive Katori people. … Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Cabin Fever by Alex Dahl

Whilst this is not a genre I typically read, I do get hooked by Scandinavian crime dramas and find thrillers around therapists particularly interesting. So, when I was approached with a blog tour invite for Cabin Fever how could I say no? This novel was every bit as gripping as I expected and I devoured the entire thing on one Sunday morning.… Continue reading →

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

This novel has all the makings of a classic Gothic fairytale from the setting to the characters, Szabo does a great job of capturing the essence of the Gothic and bringing it to a contemporary fairytale. … Continue reading →

Wendy, Darling by A.C. Wise

As I’m sure a lot of you have noticed by now, I do love a retelling of a classic story, whether that be a fairytale or mythology or anything else. Growing up, the only versions of Peter Pan I was aware of were the Disney film and the film Hook (which is brilliant if you haven’t watched it!). It wasn’t until university that I began to become more aware of how dark the story of Peter Pan is and after reading Lost Boy by Christina Henry, I have been eager for more dark retellings featuring the boy who wouldn’t grow up and Wendy, Darling certainly delivered!… Continue reading →

Of Honey And Wildfires by Sarah Chorn

I’m always on the lookout for hidden gems, so after Chorn had been recommended to me by a few people I decided to jump into Of Honey and Wildfires with news of its sequel on the way and I’m thrilled that I did!… Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Rabbits by Terry Miles

When I saw a book in my inbox marketed as ‘Murakami meets Ready Player One’ I just had to know more! Although Ready Player One disappointed me, I loved the idea of it and those who have been here for a while now know of my love for Murakami. After reading this book that line is probably the most perfect way to describe this rollercoaster of a novel which I was gripped by! … Continue reading →

Blog Tour – The High-Rise Diver by Julia von Lucadou

This was such an interesting concept and take on the dystopian genre, it was so mysterious and gripping as information about this society and this world is slowly fed to you over the course of the novel. You’re not even told who the protagonist is until a couple of chapters in. I really liked this feeling of already being involved in the world, the idea that this is something that has been going on for a while and is no longer out of the norm for the protagonist to feel the need to tell us about it explicitly. … Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Grown Ups by Marie Aubert

I really love books that just provide a brief snapshot into the lives of ordinary people, so when I heard about this book of 40 year-old Ida struggling to come to terms that life as a ‘grown up’ isn’t what she imagined it immediately connected with me and I jumped at the chance to be part of this tour. … Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Mariana’s Secret by A.D. Lombardo

A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to be on the blog tour for Lombardo’s The Half-Light, which is the first novel in the Katori Chronicles, so when I saw that there were blog tour spots for the rest of the series I jumped onboard immediately. Before we jump into this review, if you are interested in reading Mariana’s Secret please go back and read The Half-Light first as there are major spoilers for the first novel in the opening chapter of this one! … Continue reading →

The Coward by Stephen Aryan

I was hooked by the very first page and stayed completely absorbed in the novel for the entire time I was reading it. The entire book was a delight to read and filled with humour, tension and a great band of characters who really brought the story to life. … Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Threadneedle by Cari Thomas

This book has been taking bookish social media by storm and within the first couple of chapters I could easily see why. From loveable characters to mysterious magic, from dangerous curses to navigating the social pitfalls of senior school, this book has it all and I am very excited to see where the series goes! … Continue reading →

Madam by Phoebe Wynne

With it’s striking cover, and the fact I couldn’t scroll through Twitter without seeing people talking about this book a few months ago, I was very intrigued and excited when I finally got around to reading it. This novel started off really strong and I loved the mystery, the end left me a little conflicted but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel regardless. … Continue reading →

The Iron Crown by L.L. MacRae

This novel is told through three to four different perspectives, they all weave together so well that it doesn’t feel disjointed or confusing. We also got a great amount of time in each different perspective so we got to really understand the characters and the different parts of the world, this also makes the novel feel very well paced. We don’t linger too long anywhere and we don’t rush through scenes, this is truly a novel that you have time to savour. … Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Emmet and Me by Sara Gethin

The focus of this novel is very much on the characters which I adored, especially because the characters were just so interesting. I always think that children are very difficult characters to get right and yet, Gethin portrayed them beautifully. From the sibling bickering to Claire learning about the world, from the children reluctantly adapting to their new lives to Emmet attempting to find ways to change his reality.… Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Things to Do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr

Whilst I was incredibly intrigued by the summary, at first I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about Libby and the whole situation, however, before I knew it, I had devoured the entire book within two hours! I was so gripped by Libby and her cousin, Natasha, as well as whether the world would truly end on the 17th September that I just couldn’t bring myself to put it down or go to sleep until I had finished the book. … Continue reading →

The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier

As a lot of you know by now, I do love a dark, dystopian novel and this certainly ticked all the boxes on that front! I loved all the dark and gritty descriptions of the world that we found ourselves in; the small glimpses of history that caused the world to become this way were brilliant in adding to the mystery of the novel. There was just something additionally unsettling that people weren’t really sure what the major event, the Chrysalis, event was, despite the fact it caused complete chaos and destroyed the world they once knew. Into a world where blood is the most valuable commodity which is just as creepy as it sounds. Having a class system based on blood type was fascinating to me and not something I’ve come across in dystopian fiction before. … Continue reading →


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