Roy and Celestial are newlyweds, a year into marriage with the world at their feet until tragedy strikes. Roy is wrongfully sentenced to 12 years in prison and life as they know it shatters. An American Marriage is a powerfully addictive and moving character-driven novel that follows three people as they love, learn and grow and doesn’t shy away from exploring the difficulties lovers encounter when life unfolds vastly different to their expectations. Roy and Celestial’s story is heartbreaking in many ways but I think, ultimately, hopeful.
‘how you feel love and understand love are two different things’
While the focus is primarily on Continue reading “An American Marriage | Tayari Jones | a review”
I am sure Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet needs no introduction. This book is brilliant and utterly addictive – I finished it in two sittings. Hament follows Agnes and her family as they come together in a time of terrible grief. By never naming the famous husband the reader is able to focus on the everyday domesticity of 16th Century life and consider how Shakespeare-the-man interacted with others as a husband, son, tutor etc…He is never the focus, Agnes very much is and the author does an excellent job of rooting her and her family in Elizabethan England. It could have been any other family, Continue reading “Hamnet | Maggie O’Farrell | a review”
‘…this was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of all of them. A war does not ignore half the people whose lives it touches. So why do we?’
I love a good myth retelling & Natalie Haynes’ recent novel A Thousand Ships is no exception.
In Haynes’ epic, she tells the story of the Trojan war, focusing not only on what happened, why it happened and what happened after, but on the lives and consequences of war on the women. Each chapter is told from a different woman’s perspective and while we follow Continue reading “A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes | a review”
I loved The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso. Originally a self-published fantasy novel, Orbit published Villoso’s debut this February and it blew me away. Fast-paced, action packed and well written, I’m going to be thinking about this for a long time and I’ve already pre-ordered the sequel. What is it about, I hear you ask? In a nutshell, Continue reading “The Wolf of Oren-Yaro | K.S. Villoso | a review”
With blurbs by two of my all-time favourite authors, Juliet Marillier & Seanan McGuire, I had very high hopes for The Library of the Unwritten. The synopsis also caught my attention; there is a library in Hell where all the unwritten books live and when one of these novels manifests as one of its own characters, the head librarian, a muse and a nervous demon messenger must venture to Earth (as well as other afterlife realms) and trouble ensues. Magic, books, muses, demons, angels, mythology, Heaven & Hell and a tonne of sass and snark – this book is certainly good fun. Continue reading “The Library of the Unwritten | A.J. Hackwith | a review”
Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives by Emeritus Professor Helen Taylor seeks to understand why women are the primary readers of fiction, their relationship with novels and how that affects their everyday lives. The answer to these questions is something I would love to learn more about and thus was the impetus for me to pick this up. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations. Before I go into why this wasn’t for me, I’d like to say that this review is very much my own opinion and wouldn’t dream of stopping others from picking this up for themselves. If you would like to go in blind, don’t read this review. If you would like to know why this didn’t work for me, read on. Just know, this is not a book I would recommend, especially not to keen readers looking for an insightful and balanced look at the reading habits of women. Continue reading “Why Women Read Fiction | Helen Taylor | a review”
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement by New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey probably needs no introduction. However for those who aren’t in the know, She Said recounts in real-time how the reporters came to work on, write and publish their expose on Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct.
It feels wrong to say that I ‘enjoyed’ reading this memoir as the accounts of so many women’s experience of sexual harassment from such a powerful figure are extremely repugnant. Although the content is shocking, the reading experience was enjoyable as the Continue reading “She Said | Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey | a review”
‘love as thou wilt’
I read and adored Jacqueline Carey’s magnificent Phedre’s Trilogy last year so I thought I’d combine my reviews for the trilogy here in case you fancy some exquisite writing and epic romance in a Renaissance-esque fantasy setting. Featuring royalty, pirates, kidnapping and betrayal, happy reading!
While the start Continue reading “Phedre’s Trilogy | Jacqueline Carey | series review”
A Time of Blood is book two of John Gwynne’s Of Blood and Bone series and I received an advanced copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to Pan Macmillan and Tor UK for this.
It’s not often that I finish a book I love and struggle to articulate why everyone else will love it too. It’s been over twelve hours since I finished this masterpiece and my prevailing thought remains ‘it’s fantastic, read it, it’s fantastic, read it’… So I will do my best to explain why you should. I’d also like to note that while there are references to events and characters in Gwynne’s The Faithful and the Fallen series, this series can be read without having read them. You can find my review of the first book in this series, A Time of Dread, here.
A Time of Blood is the perfect sequel, it delivers more Continue reading “A Time of Blood | John Gwynne | a review”
Huge thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Nightchaser is out 1st January 2019.
A couple of months ago, I finished Heart on Fire, the third book in Amanda Bouchet’s The Kingmaker Chronicles and enjoyed it so much I was desperate to get my hands on more of her work. Luckily for me, I was approved for an advanced copy of Nightchaser on NetGalley within a week. Although I’ve really enjoyed Bouchet’s fantasy work I was slightly wary about her first foray into science fiction as it’s not a genre I’m particularly invested/knowledgable in/about BUT it turns out my wariness was unnecessary as I loved it. Loved. It. It iss such a fun, action packed romp through space, I read it in one day. So, what’s it about?
Nightchaser is a science fiction romance novel following the Endeavor spaceship captain, Tess Bailey and her crew as they steal from the rich to give to the poor. In this Robin Hood-esque post-epic-space-war world, the Galactic Overseer Continue reading “Nightchaser | Amanda Bouchet | a review”