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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 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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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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Before I Say I Do | Review

Title: Before I Say I Do Author: Vicki Bradley Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Genre: Psychological Thriller / Crime / Police Procedural Rating: ★★★★★ Published: 28th May 2020 Before I Say I Do is a psychological thriller that will blow your mind, and scare you just a little bit! An unbelievable debut novel. SPOILER LEVEL:… Continue reading Before I Say I Do | Review

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Furious Thing | Review

Title: Furious Thing Author: Jenny Downham Publisher: David Fickling Books Genre: YA Rating: ★★.5 SPOILER ALERT | this review contains details about the novel’s ending and some specific scenes within the book This one really missed the mark for me. I thought it had huge potential, but there were too many things that I couldn’t… Continue reading Furious Thing | Review

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine | Review

Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Author: Gail Honeyman Publisher: Harper Collins Genre: Contemporary Fiction Rating: ★★.5 SPOILER ALERT | this review contains some details about specific scenes within the book This is possibly the MOST hyped book I’ve ever seen on bookstagram (excluding hyped series) so I am in the minority of people that… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine | Review

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Before the Coffee gets Cold | Review

Title: Before the Coffee gets Cold Author: Toshikazu Kawaguchi Publisher: Picador Genre: Contemporary Fiction (with time travel) Rating: ★★★.5 I thought the concept of this novel was amazing, and unlike anything I have read before. I had seen some amazing reviews and recommendations for this, and I think I let the hype lead my expectations… Continue reading Before the Coffee gets Cold | Review

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Red, White and Royal Blue | Review

Title: Red, White and Royal Blue Author: Casey McQuiston Publisher: St. Martins Press (Macmillan) Genre: LGBTQ+ Romance Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ For my first review, I felt it had to be a book I really loved, and there's no book that I've loved more than Red, White and Royal Blue. You know those books that you think… Continue reading Red, White and Royal Blue | Review