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The Night Circus | Review

Title: The Night Circus Author: Erin Morgenstern Publisher: Harvill Secker Genre: Fantasy, fabulism Rating: ★★★★★ The Night Circus is pure magic. It is a whimsy, lyrical, and atmospheric tale of magic and illusion, romance and betrayal, and spectacular storytelling. SPOILER LEVEL: LOW | This review contains minor details about the characters and plot of this… Continue reading The Night Circus | Review

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Firefly Lane | Review

Title: Firefly Lane Author: Kristin Hannah Publisher: Pan Macmillan Genre: Family Saga Rating: ★★★★★ Firefly Lane is a stunning and heartbreaking novel that chronicles a tale of lifelong female friendship and the intricacies of day-to-day life. SPOILER LEVEL: LOW | This review contains minor details about the characters and plot of this novel that can… Continue reading Firefly Lane | Review

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Expectation | Review

Title: Expectation Author: Anna Hope Publisher: Doubleday Genre: Literary Fiction Rating: ★★★★★ Expectation is a beautifully crafted and intricate character-driven novel following three women across multiple timelines. It is a story of female friendship, life, loss, and love, written in stunning prose. SPOILER LEVEL: LOW | This review contains minor details about the characters and… Continue reading Expectation | Review

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The Flip Side | Blog Tour Spotlight

Title: The Flip Side Author: James Bailey Publisher: Penguin Random House Genre: Contemporary Romance Published: ebook available now (paperback release 26th November 2020) #gifted | I was invited to take part in the blog tour by Sriya Varadharajan (Press Officer) and given access to an e-arc on Netgalley. A quick disclaimer: originally, I was participating… Continue reading The Flip Side | Blog Tour Spotlight

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The Black Kids | ARC Review

Title: The Black Kids Author: Christina Hammonds Reed Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK Genre: Contemporary YA Rating: ★★★★ Published: 4th August 2020 (paperback) The Black Kids is a poignant and heartbreaking coming-of-age novel. Despite being set around the Rodney King riots in LA, 1992, it could have easily been a contemporary read; it felt… Continue reading The Black Kids | ARC Review

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The Stone Thieves | Review

Title: The Stone Thieves and The Honourable Order of Inventors Author: Eddy Telviot Publisher: Self-Published Genre: Sci-Fi Rating: ★★★ The Stone Thieves is a YA sci-fi novel that combines chemistry with legend to create an interesting and complex novel filled with action, technology and intrigue. #gifted | I was very kindly sent a copy of… Continue reading The Stone Thieves | Review

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Idle Hands | Blog Tour

Title: Idle Hands Author: Cassondra Windwalker Publisher: Agora Books Genre: Contemporary / Literary Fiction, Thriller Rating: ★★★★★ Published: 23rd July 2020 (ebook) and 20th August 2020 (paperback) Idle Hands is a wickedly clever and dark story that will leave you contemplating everything you think you know about the devil. SPOILER LEVEL: LOW | This review… Continue reading Idle Hands | Blog Tour

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Lanny | Review

Title: Lanny Author: Max Porter Publisher: Faber & Faber Genre: Literary Fiction, Folklore Rating: ★★★★★ Lanny is a strange, enchanting and unnerving tale that will leave you feeling slightly uneasy. Combining mystery with the supernatural and the incredibly mundane, it will leave most of your questions unanswered and force you to think about it for… Continue reading Lanny | Review

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Re-evaluating My Rating System

Rating a book can be confusing. I can like and dislike wildly different elements of two books and yet the overall rating ends up the same. At the same time, there are a few things in books that almost always result in my star rating being lowered. And, the things that make me instantly dislike… Continue reading Re-evaluating My Rating System

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Monstrous Souls | Blog Tour

Title: Monstrous Souls Author: Rebecca Kelly Publisher: Agora Books Genre: Mystery / Thriller Rating: ★★★ Published: 25th June 2020 (ebook and paperback) Monstrous Souls is a dark and harrowing thriller, examining what it means to be a victim, and how the past can catch up with you when you least expect it. SPOILER LEVEL: MEDIUM… Continue reading Monstrous Souls | Blog Tour