Posts Categorized: Reviews

Mar 30
Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Another enchanting and dark fairytale by Sarah Pinborough, Beauty is set before Charm and Poison and allows us to understand those stories a lot better. It introduces us to the prince, the huntsman, a very curious girl, and a deeply disturbing castle.

Beauty is a brilliant mixture of Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty, with many other fairy-tales thrown in to surprise and delight readers. It may come across as a confused mess to some readers, but I liked how Pinborough wove all the different tales into a riveting story.

As with the other books, it's the characters who...

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Mar 26
Charm by Sarah Pinborough

Charm by Sarah Pinborough

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Brilliantly reimagined and haunting, Charm is a dark and sexy retelling of the Cinderella fairytale with an incredible twist. Cinderella’s father remarried after her mother’s death, but she hates her stepmother and her two step-sisters. She does all the chores in the house so she doesn’t have to interact with…

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Mar 24
Poison by Sarah Pinborough

Poison by Sarah Pinborough

Reviews 1 ★★★★½

“A wicked, delicious, sexy Snow White fairytale” That basically sums Poison! No need to elaborate … Ha, I kid. Poison is a scrumptious retelling of a classic tale that re-imagines the world and the circumstances of our beloved characters. Pinborough’s evil queen is more sympathetic than expected and her Snow…

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Mar 18
Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Whisper the Dead is the second book in this wonderful series that follows three teen witches in the regency era. Emma, Penelope, and Gretchen have recently found out that they are witches of the powerful Lovegrove line, and are now struggling to control their powers in an increasingly dangerous world….

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Mar 16
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Reviews 1 ★★★

An admirable début novel that combines a rags-to-riches story with a dystopian world and the powers of the X-Men, Red Queen will please a varied audience. I enjoyed reading it but have to concede that there is almost nothing original about it, and that it ultimately failed to wow me…

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Mar 13
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Oh. My. I loved The Bone Season, but its sequel has taken my breath away! The Bone Season allowed us to explore Sheol-I in-depth, but robbed us of the opportunity to understand Paige’s Scion-London. The Mime Order gives us the chance we’d missed, opening up the world – and Underworld…

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Mar 12
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Reviews 0 ★★½

Girl Online is a light and fluffy story about a teen girl with an anonymous online blog. I was attracted to it because I ALSO HAVE A BLOG, and I thought there’d be all these amazing moments of connection with Penny. However, Girl Online has a very slow and shaky…

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Mar 03
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

A brilliantly crafted sequel to Half a King, Half the World takes us back into the world of the Shattered Sea, introducing us to two new protagonists and letting us catch up with some old favourites. Thorn Bathu wants to become a warrior. Touched by Mother War, she’s more comfortable…

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Feb 18
Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I never thought I’d sympathise with Levana. She’s been this amorphous blob of evil in The Lunar Chronicles for three books, and although I never doubted that her past would make an interesting story, I certainly didn’t think it would make me understand her. People have either forgotten or glorified…

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Feb 16
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

Reviews 2 ★★★★

The Fire Sermon is the first book in what promises to be an exciting post-apocalyptic series. Well executed and action-filled, it will grip readers from the first page. The most striking aspect of this novel is its world-building. Humanity has changed in the 400 years since The Blast – a…

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Feb 05
Blog Tour: Avery by Charlotte McConaghy

Blog Tour: Avery by Charlotte McConaghy

Blog Tour, Reviews 5 ★★★★

Hello! Today the blog tour for Avery, the first book in Charlotte McConaghy’s The Chronicles of Kaya series, stops by and I’m sharing my review with you! But first, a little about the book: Avery introduces us to a dark and war-torn world where the people of Kaya and Pirenti…

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