Category: Reviews

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

January 29, 2021 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

A book that features maths and potatoes. Can't get much better, can it?

Weir combines a fascinating premise with witty and humorous narration to weave a tale of human ingenuity and survival against the worst odds -- an entire planet trying to kill one astrobotanist. The use of Watney's mission logs, transcripts and letters as a narration tool was especially clever, allowing the author to balance the action between Mars, Earth, and the Hermes.

The plot wasn't a surprise (I watched the movie first) but the storytelling was. The mathematical and engineering problems captured my imagination -- there's a sense...

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Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

January 27, 2021 Reviews 0 ★★★

Dreamer’s Pool is a grim but atmospheric novel that weaves magic and mystery into a vivid tale in a medieval setting. Blackthorn and Grim are an unlikely pair, making a new start at the edge of a forest after escaping prison.

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Saint’s Blood by Sebastien de Castell

Saint’s Blood by Sebastien de Castell

December 28, 2020 Reviews 0 ★★★

In Saint’s Blood, the third instalment of the Greatcoats series, our heroes Falcio, Kest and Brasti struggle to save their country from an ever-growing threat. Their enemies are smarter and stronger, the world is darker, and the stakes have never been higher. While enjoyable, this book felt repetitive and confused, and like the main characters, I mostly felt tired while reading it.

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Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

December 26, 2020 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Knight’s Shadow is a darker, more twisted tale than Traitor’s Blade, but I thoroughly enjoyed where de Castell is taking his heroes. A highly entertaining read that I recommend to those who enjoy a good adventure.

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Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

June 5, 2020 Reviews 2 ★★★★★

The third instalment in the Witchlands series, Bloodwitch is an thrilling adventure that I struggled to put down. The stakes are ever-higher, the world and its mythology ever-expanding,

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Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

June 4, 2020 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Sightwitch is a clever prequel told from Ryber Fortiza’s point of view that sheds light into the events of Truthwitch and Windwitch. Although it’s a prequel, I think readers are best placed to read it after the first two full-length novels.

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Tithe by Holly Black

Tithe by Holly Black

February 17, 2020 Reviews 0 ★★★

Having loved The Darkest Part of the Forest, I was expecting something surreal and creepy from Tithe. While it delivered on those fronts, it also felt confused and half-hearted. Tithe took a long time to begin. The first part of the novel felt disjointed and slow. It may have been…

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The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly

The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly

April 26, 2019 Reviews 0 ★★½

I’m a massive fan of Reilly’s books. I preordered this book the moment it was available for preorder, picked it up on release day, and read it in one sitting. The Secret Runners of New York combines time travel with high school, following Skye Rogers as she starts at a…

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

March 18, 2019 Reviews 0 ★★★★

The third instalment in this series begins almost immediately where The Mime Order left off – with Paige coming to grips with the deception that had been revealed to her. But her tenuous grip on the Mime Order and uneasy alliance with there Rephaim leave her with very little time to recover, especially when a new threat is revealed.

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