Violets by Kyung-Sook Shin

Firstly, a huge thank you to W&N for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: W&N
Publication Date:
14/04/2022
Length: 218 pages
Genre:
Translated Fiction | Korean Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

CW: n/a

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We join San in 1970s rural South Korea, a young girl ostracised from her community. She meets a girl called Namae, and they become friends until one afternoon changes everything. Following a moment of physical intimacy in a minari field, Namae violently rejects San, setting her on a troubling path of quashed desire and isolation.

We next meet San, aged twenty-two, as she starts a job in a flower shop. There, we are introduced to a colourful cast of characters, including the shop’s mute owner, the other florist Su-ae, and the customers that include a sexually aggressive businessman and a photographer, who San develops an obsession for. Throughout, San’s moment with Namae lingers in the back of her mind.

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Blog Tour – The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge

Welcome to my stop on The Carnival of Ash blog tour! Huge thanks to TheWriteReads and Rebellion Publishing for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Publisher: Solaris / Rebellion Publishing
Publication Date:
17/03/2022
Length: 528 pages
Genre:
Literary Fiction | Historical Fantasy

CW: depictions of death, suicide

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Cadenza is the City of Words, a city run by poets, its skyline dominated by the steepled towers of its libraries, its heart beating to the stamp and thrum of the printing presses in the Printing Quarter.

Carlo Mazzoni, a young wordsmith arrives at the city gates intent on making his name as the bells ring out with the news of the death of the city’s poet-leader. Instead, he finds himself embroiled with the intrigues of a city in turmoil, the looming prospect of war with their rival Venice ever-present. A war that threatens not only to destroy Cadenza but remove it from history altogether… 

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Blog Tour – Keegan’s Wrath by A.D. Lombardo

Welcome to my stop on the Keegan’s Wrath blog tour! Huge thanks to Blackberry Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Publisher: Self published
Publication Date:
18/12/2021
Length: 332 pages
Genre:
Middle Grade | Young Adult | Fantasy

CW: n/a

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Is Kai strong enough to stop his father Keegan, or will his fear cost him everything?

In the aftermath of Kai revealing the incredible power of Katori magic to the people beyond their borders, many Katori find the world a dangerous place for their kind and flee their homes to avoid persecution. Amid this chaos, Kai fears that his lack of magical visions will leave him in the dark at the worst possible time.

When news of Keegan and his Caroco ships sailing along the Katori shoreline disrupts Kai’s momentary bliss with Rayna, they race to the seaside city of Kahoma. Filled with a lifetime of wrath, Keegan sets in motion a chain of events that turns brother against brother, setting Katori on the path of civil war.

With deception and lies at his disposal, Keegan starts a confrontation that costs Kai the life of someone dear and threatens the fate of Diu. Unsure if he is ready, Kai chases Keegan, driven by the desire to save those he cares for most. Against the backdrop of war, Kai must risk everything to turn the tide in his favor. In the final cataclysmic battle, Kai will face his greatest challenge—his parents. 

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Blog Tour – The Green Indian Problem by Jade Leaf Willetts

Welcome to my stop on the The Green Indian Problem blog tour! Huge thanks to Renard Press for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Renard Press
Publication Date:
30/03/2022
Length: 208 pages
Genre:
Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

CW: domestic abuse, drug abuse, child abuse, sexualt assault, death

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Set in the valleys of South Wales at the tail end of Thatcher’s Britain, The Green Indian Problem is the story of Green, a seven year-old with intelligence beyond his years – an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem: everyone thinks he’s a girl.

Green sets out to try and solve the mystery of his identity, but other issues keep cropping up – God, Father Christmas, cancer – and one day his best friend goes missing, leaving a rift in the community and even more unanswered questions. Dealing with deep themes of friendship, identity, child abuse and grief, The Green Indian Problem is, at heart, an all-too-real story of a young boy trying to find out why he’s not like the other boys in his class.

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Blog Tour – Women and Love by Miriam Burke

Welcome to my stop on the Women and Love blog tour, a huge thank you to Renard Press for inviting me on the tour and providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

Publisher: Renard Press
Publication Date:
23/02/2022
Length: 224 pages
Genre:
Short Story Collection | Literary Fiction

CW: gender dysphoria, transphobic language, drug use, mentions of alcoholism, mentions of suicide

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‘I couldn’t sleep that night; our conversation was like a trapped bird flying around inside my head. The next morning, I texted to say I wouldn’t be coming back. I lied about having to return to my country to nurse a sick relative. I couldn’t bear to see my story mirrored in his eyes, and to see what we never had. I knew he’d understand.’

Women and Love is a thought-provoking collection of seventeen tightly woven tales about the power of love, all its trials and complications, and the shattered lives it can leave in its wake.

The stories explore a huge variety of sorts of love surrounding women in wildly differing settings, and features an unforgettable cast including GPs, burglars, inmates, emigrant cleaners, carers, young professionals, and many more. Navigating heavy themes, with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ experiences, including gender dysphoria and searching for a sperm donor, the stories leave the reader burning with indignation, full of empathy and wonder.

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Blog Tour – The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings by Dan Jones

Welcome to my stop on the The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings blog tour! Huge thanks to Head of Zeus for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date:
14/10/2021
Length: 96 pages
Genre:
Historical Fiction | Gothic Horror

CW: N/A

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One winter, in the dark days of King Richard II, a tailor was riding home on the road from Gilling to Ampleforth. It was dank, wet and gloomy; he couldn’t wait to get home and sit in front of a blazing fire.

Then, out of nowhere, the tailor is knocked off his horse by a raven, who then transforms into a hideous dog, his mouth writhing with its own innards. The dog issues the tailor with a warning: he must go to a priest and ask for absolution and return to the road, or else there will be consequences…

First recorded in the early fifteenth century by an unknown monk, The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings was transcribed from the Latin by the great medievalist M.R. James in 1922. Building on that tradition, now bestselling historian Dan Jones retells this medieval ghost story in crisp and creepy prose.

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