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Book review: The Library by Bella Osborne

Review in 10-ish words: Wholesome, easy read. Would recommend. Synopsis: Maggie and Tom make an odd pair in Compton Mallow- Tom is about to sit his GCSE’s and Maggie is in her seventies and lives alone. The local library brings them together, sparking their unlikely friendship and also reminding each of them that some things… Continue reading Book review: The Library by Bella Osborne

Australian writers, Book review, Contemporary

Book review: The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock

Review in 10-ish words: This book made me miss home. It was a giant, reassuring hug. 5 stars. Synopsis: Mercy Blain has not left her house in two years.She spends her days with her sausage dog, Wasabi, trawling the Facebook advice groups she is a part of. She is propelled out of her house and… Continue reading Book review: The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock

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Book review: Traitors of the Black Crown by Cate Pearce

Review in 10-ish words: Promising synposis and story idea that sadly fell flat. Flash Synopsis: I was excited by the story outline which I think is creative and has a lot of potential. Raena has disguised herself as a man, a knight in fact, and is deadset on avenging her family by killing the Queen… Continue reading Book review: Traitors of the Black Crown by Cate Pearce

Book review, fantasy

Book review: Realm of the Banished by Jennifer M. Waldrop

Review in 10-ish words: Fantasy adventure for days. Kick ass characters in a whole new world. 3.5/5 Synopsis: The Skyborn have been banished. Their powers have suffered and the regents may not agree about everything, but they do stand united in one goal; to return to their homeland. The ember is the key to their… Continue reading Book review: Realm of the Banished by Jennifer M. Waldrop

Book review, Historical fiction

Book review: The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

Review in ten-ish words: Character driven writing at its finest. A raw, violent and captivating story of invisible women. Synopsis After Amara's father died, her mother sold her. Flash forward years later and she is enslaved in a Pompeii brothel- known as the Wolf Den. She is owned by Felix- a man she despises but… Continue reading Book review: The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

Book review, Contemporary, South Korean writers

Please look after Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin (translated by Chi-Young Kim)

Review in 10 ish words: Deep and melancholic, utterly heartbreaking. Hug your mum. 4/5 Synopsis: Please look after Mom essentially tells the story of a family's desperate search for their missing mother. So-Nyo becomes separated from her husband in the chaotic world of the Seoul Subway station and her children are all forced to reflect… Continue reading Please look after Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin (translated by Chi-Young Kim)

Book review, Magical realism

Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur

Review in 10ish words: Haunting, raw and chaotic- That is how I would describe this metaphysical fairy tale Synopsis Elsa Park is an experimental Physicist- spending her days between Antarctica and Sweden, and avoiding the family and life she has in America. Her father is scary and violent, her brother resentful and lovable and her… Continue reading Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur

Book review, Historical fiction

Book review: The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovit

Review in 10 words: Story telling at its best. Unique prose meets rich imagery. 5/5 Synopsis: The Slaughterman's Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits follows Fanny Keissman- A devoted wife and mother who leaves her house mysteriously in the middle of the night. This story is complex and I could not guess which way we were turning… Continue reading Book review: The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovit

Book review, fantasy

Book review: The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu

Review in ten-ish words: Each of the short stories was unique, brutal and raw whilst still being magical. 5/5 Synopsis: Warrior women, runaway princesses, faery queens, a post pandemic apocalypse, amish vampires, killer dolls, depressed evil villain billionaires- Do I have your attention yet? Tangleroot Palace is a collection of seven short stories within the… Continue reading Book review: The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu

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Taylor Swift Album Book Tag

I loved Taylor Swift during her early years and I love her more now. I don't say this lightly but Folklore and Evermore were key in surviving the crap storm that has been 2020/2021. I saw Nadia complete the Taylor Swift Album tag over at @thejourneyingbibliophile and I had to jump on the train! Books… Continue reading Taylor Swift Album Book Tag