Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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Genres: Cultural, Historical Fiction

Rating: 4 stars

“‘Promise me you’ll always love each other,’ she’d say, as she drew her children to her. ‘Promise,’ Estha and Rahel would say. Not finding words with which to tell her that for them there was no Each, no Other.”

Jumping between 1969, and 1993, we see how a series of tragic events impacts an entire family. A prejudiced and blind grandmother, a bitter and poisonous great aunt, an elitist ‘Marxist’ uncle, an oppressed and loving mother, and a set of dizygotic twins for who “there was no Each, no Other”.   Read more

Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Series: Red Queen #3

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Mare Barrow has been captured and imprisoned by newly appointed Silver king, Maven Calore. As the months stretch by, Mare’s strong will is truly challenged as she spends most of her days in solitary confinement, is plagued by some of her most unbearable memories, and tortured in the worst way possible. And without her lightning, suppressed by the constant presence of Silent Stone and her Arven guards, Mare is suffocating. But Maven has no intention of letting Mare go. As one of the notable members of the Red Guard, Maven uses her as a pawn to help advance his political stance in fighting the rebel group. And then there’s his own hidden agenda; which sees Mare fall deeper and deeper into the dark labyrinth that is the catastrophic King’s mind. This is a deep one!

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Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

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Genres: Crime, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 4 stars

Note: I was sent a copy of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This chilling short story starts off with the main character, Veronica, who’s currently in a police station with her boyfriend, Sebastian. All readers know is that something has gone horribly wrong. He’s bone white, shirt soaked with blood. She’s trying to desperately hold onto him, eyes swollen from crying. Then we go back a month, to when Veronica and Sebastian first met on their first date in a haunted restaurant… Read more

Review: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

Review: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

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Genres: Historical Fiction, Cultural

Rating: 4 stars

Pika, meaning brilliant light. Don, meaning boom. Pikadon is what arrived on 9th August 1945 in the city of Nagasaki, and claimed the lives of Amaterasu Takahashi’s beloved daughter Yuko, and grandson Hideo.    Read more

Review: Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

Review: Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

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Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 4 stars

At one point or another, we’ve probably heard about someone who’s suffered second or even third degree burns. But I know I was shocked when I read about the main character, Maisie Winters, suffering burns so severe that parts of her face were completely destroyed.

Destroyed. The word sounds out of place here, in a hospital. Destroyed is what happens to villages in the path of tsunamis. To buildings when bombs drop. To ships that sink to the bottom of the sea. Destroyed isn’t something that happens to a thing as small as a person’s face.”

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Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Series: Throne of Glass #3

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars (I think it’s more of a 4.5!) 

Celaena Sardothien has arrived in Wendlyn with the intent of finding out as much as she can regarding the mysterious Wyrdkeys, all in hope of gaining the upper hand on the tyrant King of Adarlan. She knows that there’s only one person who can give her all the answers she desires: the chilling Fae-Queen, Maeve. But before she can get anywhere, Celaena’s continuously challenged and pushed to reach into the depths of her soul to accomplish the unbearable, and face the unspeakable.

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Series: Throne of Glass #1

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Warning: The end of this review contains spoilers.

Throne of Glass follows the story of Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s most lethal and feared assassin. Readers learn that after being betrayed, she was captured and made to serve out her punishment by working in the salt mines of Endovier. The cruel and unforgiving work camp for 17 year old Celaena was basically a death sentence. A year later, a small miracle occurs when the young assassin is presented with a proposition from none other than the Crown Prince of Adarlan. She must compete and win against thugs, murderers and thieves in a series of tasks that will test her abilities and competency for the role of the King’s Champion. If she wins, Celaena will be given the freedom she so deeply desires after serving as the King’s Champion for 4 years.

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Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

Rating: 4 stars

The Girl on the Train mainly follows the narrative of Rachel Watson, an alcoholic outcast who’s life just seems to go from bad to worse. Every morning she takes the 8.04 train to London Euston and every morning, she stops at the same red signal, just outside a row of trackside houses. This is where Rachel usually catches a glimpse of ‘Jason and Jess’, a couple she imagines to have a picture perfect life, kind of like the one that used to belong to her. One day, she witnesses something that shatters her perception of the golden couple and it’s not long before Rachel’s life spirals out of control as she finds herself interfering with what begins as the disappearance of ‘Jess’…   Read more

Review: Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Review: Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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Series: Fallen Kingdoms #4

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Frozen Tides is the fourth installment of the Falling Kingdom series by Morgan Rhodes and the struggle for power continues as we see everyone pursue their quest of obtaining the Kindred. New alliances are made and love develops amongst characters but relationships are shattered and hatred burns strong within the hearts of many. As always, Rhodes takes readers on a dramatic journey full of unexpected twists and shock developments. Read more

Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

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Genres: Contemporary, Family

Rating: 4 stars

I’m conflicted about how to write this review! I feel that me knowing so little about the story is what actually enhanced my reading experience, so I don’t want to give anything away. I also think it was what the author intended; Fowler cleverly told the events in a certain way and withheld information because she didn’t want readers to form any prejudgements about the characters and their relationships. Instead she wanted us to view them not only through the eyes of the protagonist, but for who and what they were. So here goes!

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