Reviews

Here’s a note on my review policy: I’m mostly talking about books I enjoy (obvs) and I don’t have a star rating. Most of the reviews below are posted very close to when I finished reading the book.

Review: The Betrayals

TLDR: A slightly eerie story that’s more vibes~ than plot, this book presents a curious mix of dark academia and dystopia to tell a story that had me on the edge of my seat as much as it had me confused about what was going…

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Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

TLDR: A century-spanning romance about enjoying life, and love, with an underlying tragedy that talks about the sacrifices we make for these things. The story focuses on Addie, who wants to live in a space larger than her village, bigger than her world will let…

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Review: If I Had Your Face

TLDR: This story begins from the basis of appearance — and the specific culture around it in South Korea — to explore how women’s social status, finances, relationships and whole lives can unfold. An unrelenting story that still manages to delve into the small, intimate…

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Reviews – Bel Canto, How to be Both, Larry’s Party

The Reading Women Challenge encourages you to explore women’s writing, reading each previous winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Find out more here. We’re at the end! Last month I reviewed books about family and this time I’ve rounded out the rest of the books…

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Reviews – On Beauty, Home, The Tiger’s Wife

The Reading Women Challenge encourages you to explore women’s writing, reading each previous winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Find out more here. I feel like I haven’t done this in a while, because I took a break last month to read the 2020…

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Review: Gilead

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, 2004Winner: 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award TLDR: A brief, continuous narrative about a man suddenly desperate to chronicle his life for a young son he will not see grow up. John Ames is a church…

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Reviews – Women’s Fiction Prize 2020

If you follow my blog, you might be aware I have spent the past few months doing the Reading Women challenge. This involves reading the past 25 winners of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. This month, I took a break to read the six shortlisted…

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Review: Temeraire Series

TLDR: An enthralling historical fantasy series with a unique premise and consistently good writing, creating a story that’s incredibly immersive. It follows Captain Laurence, a Navy officer during the Napoleonic wars, who becomes the unwitting companion to a dragon, named for the famous ship, Temeraire.…

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Review: Shades of Magic Trilogy

TLDR: An enthralling and innovative series about parallel Londons and everyone’s favourite elemental-style magic. The story beings with Kell, the last magician who has the ability to travel between worlds, all of which have grown differently according to the amount of magic they have. The…

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Worth the Hype? Review: Folk of the Air Trilogy

In this review, I’m going to look at a book that gets a lot of hype and evaluate whether or not its deserved. (PSA: this is, obviously, my personal opinion.) Series: Folk of the Air by Holly Black1. The Cruel Prince2. The Wicked King3. The…

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Reading Romance: Reviews

One of the goals I set myself for my reading this year was to expand the genres I read. One of the subjects included in this expansion~ was romance. Now, I’ve read romance books before. Obvs. But I haven’t really read books that are particularly…

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Book vs Audiobook Review: The Starless Sea

TLDR: A book about fairy tales, the narrative here is a magical adventure that follows a university student who finds a moment from his childhood in a random library book. This leads him on a quest to find the Starless Sea, a world of magic.…

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2 Read, 2 Reviews – Blood of an Exile & The Bone Ships

TLDR: The strength of both these books lies in their rejection of the grim dark. What begins as stories about ruthless societies captivated by killing dragons, emerges to focus on hope and how small groups of people can change the world for the better.

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