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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

November 5, 2014 Reviews 2 ★★★½

Oh. Wow.

My policy, in general, is to avoid reviewing books for which everything has already been said. These are the Very Famous Books of yesteryear, usually Prestigious Award Winners, and usually literary (although not always). That's why you won't find reviews of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, Dune, etc etc etc on this website. But I'm going to ignore this policy to review Cloud Atlas! I tried to leave it alone, but I have too much to say to let the opportunity pass by.

This was my first reading of Cloud Atlas - I've...

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Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson

Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson

October 28, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Shatterwing is the first novel in the Dragon Wine series, which is set on a world which used to have two moons until one of them (called Ruel) broke and crashed into the planet. Now there is one moon (Belle), and fragments of Ruel span the sky and occasionally fall out of orbit to impact on the planet. Intelligent life has regressed, partly because of the devastating effects of the planet-satellite impact, and partly because the impact seems to have introduced a species into the world: dragons.

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This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

October 27, 2014 Reviews 2 ★★★★★

This Night So Dark tells us how Tarver became a Major in the army, and why he was all over the news when we met him in These Broken Stars. Tarver and Lilac, who are living together after the events of These Broken Stars, are talking about that eventful night because Tarver still has nightmares about it. And in the retelling, they realise that those events are connected to the crash of the Icarus and all that happened afterwards.

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Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

October 23, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Brennan’s third instalment in the Lynburn Legacy takes us on a journey to uncover the deepest, darkest secrets of Sorry-in-the-Vale and overcome the biggest threat the village has seen in centuries.

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The Awakening by Adina West

The Awakening by Adina West

July 29, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★½

The Awakening is an enjoyable read, but honestly nothing like I’d expected it to be! It is, however, essential reading if you’re thinking of picking up Coven’s Rising, and I think fans of paranormal stories will like it.

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Small Shen by Kylie Chan

Small Shen by Kylie Chan

June 19, 2014 Reviews 4 ★★★★

Small Shen is not to be missed by fans of Chan’s works, but it’s also a perfect jumping off point for those who have never tried her before. Although stylistically quite different from her other works, the quality of the storytelling and amazing characters are all present, and I think readers will thoroughly enjoy the multimedia element.

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The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

June 3, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★½

The Emperor’s Blades is one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. It sounds like a promising début: an awesome world populated by people who aren’t all white, some sinister sounding magic and politics, and a story following the Emperor’s three children after his death.

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Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

May 7, 2014 Reviews 9 ★★★½

I recommend this book to those who enjoy high fantasy and are interested in reading a dark, blood-filled story that inverts common tropes of the genre (matriarchal society, dark powers and Saetan are good). A successful examination of what darkness in human nature really means, Daughter of the Blood showcases Bishop’s potential and sets up a highly successful series.

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