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Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura

Firstly, a huge thank you to Doubleday and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. How will you help your friend if she doesn't want to be saved? In a tranquil neighbourhood of Tokyo, seven teenagers wake to find the mirrors in their bedrooms are shining.At… Continue reading Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura

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How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino

Firstly, a huge thank you to Ebury Publishing, Rider Books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of How Do You Live? in exchange for an honest review. One day on a trip into Tokyo, Copper is amazed by the amount of people that are walking around, living lives completely separate from his. With… Continue reading How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino

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Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

Next on my journey in Japanese fiction is Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami, her first full length novel to be translated into English. Hopefully this is just the first of many as I loved this novel and Kawakami’s writing style. Breasts and Eggs began as a novella which focused on the Natsuko, who is… Continue reading Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

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Tender is the Flesh by Augustina Bazterrica

After seeing Cara’s review over at The Tattooed Book of Tender is the Flesh I was very intrigued by the book. Especially as, on paper, this book seemed to tick a lot of my favourite boxes - translated fiction, dystopian, dark. This book was everything I was hoping it would be and more, but it… Continue reading Tender is the Flesh by Augustina Bazterrica

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Little Gods by Meng Jin

Firstly, a huge thank you to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Little Gods begins the night of the Tiananmen Square massacre when a woman, who had never intended on becoming a mother, gives birth to a little girl. Su Lan has… Continue reading Little Gods by Meng Jin

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My Brother by Karin Smirnoff

Firstly, a huge thank you to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. CW: Domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, animal abuse, suicide, incest. After being away from her childhood home for several years, Jana returns to the decrepit farmhouse that not only… Continue reading My Brother by Karin Smirnoff

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Gratitude by Delphine de Vigan

Firstly, a huge thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. One day Michka finds that she is missing something, a part of her feels lost and that frightens her. Wanting to protect and ensure the best for her, Marie, a girl who is like… Continue reading Gratitude by Delphine de Vigan

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The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

This may, or may not, have been a purchase based on the fact I fell in love with the cover- the interesting plot and the fact this is a successful Japanese fantasy series was a bonus for me! After reading The Beast Player. I completely understand why so many people around the world have fallen… Continue reading The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

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Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

In the last couple of years Murakami has become one of my favourite authors, however I was left a little disappointed with the last novel of his I read, The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, it was good but it didn't captivate me the same way 1Q84, Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Norwegian Wood… Continue reading Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

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The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji

Firstly, huge thanks to Pushkin Vertigo and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.  The Decagon House Murders, originally published in 1987, is a Japanese detective fiction novel where a group of seven university students, who are part of the university’s mystery club, decide to go… Continue reading The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji