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Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened this book: an exploration of what it means to be an orphan, perhaps? What it was like growing up in Ireland in the fifties? An exploration of masculinity? John Boyne serves up all that and more to create a book that’s by turns gripping, heart wrenching… Continue reading Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne

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Review: The New Dark, by Lorraine Thompson

I love fantasy, and on the whole, I love sci-fi as well, so this YA book should have been a winning cocktail, angst and all. In the end, though, despite some interesting comments on mutants and society, I wasn’t completely hooked. Similarly to Michelle Kenney's great Book of Fire, a post-apocalyptic novel about people living… Continue reading Review: The New Dark, by Lorraine Thompson

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Review: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, by Ruth Emmie Lang

This book was, by turns, mysterious, enchanting and very, very sweet. Containing just a touch of magic, and spanning forty years across America, it’s something that left me with a smile on my face after reading it. The focus of the whole book is the mysterious Weylyn Grey: permanent nomad and closet magician. The beauty… Continue reading Review: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, by Ruth Emmie Lang

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Review: The Last Days of Magic, by Mark Tompkins

Despite the bookended modern-day chapters to this story, The Last Days of Magic was a book I really enjoyed. I’m a sucker for fantasy, and this promised to tick all the boxes, promising Goddesses, witches, religion and Ireland all rolled into one. It also has an incredibly rich mythos, that Tompkins mines for everything he’s… Continue reading Review: The Last Days of Magic, by Mark Tompkins

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Review: Her Best Friend, by Sarah Wray

After a few weeks reading romances, there’s nothing to get you back on track like a good thriller- and despite a slow build up, this book definitely kept me hooked right up until the end. When Sylvie Armstrong was a child, her best friend, Victoria, was found murdered, floating in the lake near to their… Continue reading Review: Her Best Friend, by Sarah Wray

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Review: The Secrets of Cavendon, by Barbara Taylor Bradford

A good historical romance always makes for a good read- and reading the blurb for The Secrets of Cavendon, that was exactly was it promised. Packed with everything from romance and the history of the Ingham and Swann families on the Cavendon estate to the realities of being an aristocratic family in the lean times… Continue reading Review: The Secrets of Cavendon, by Barbara Taylor Bradford

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Review: The End We Start From, by Megan Hunter

I’m not normally into books that are this minimal, but after having seen The End We Start From on shelves for the past few months I couldn’t help but be intrigued. I’m glad I picked it up, too. This is the kind of book that will be studied by English students in future years- simply… Continue reading Review: The End We Start From, by Megan Hunter

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Review: Perennials, by Julie Cantrell

After a hard week, there’s nothing better than sitting down with an easy read, that you can pretty much get down in one. Perennials is one of these: a really sweet book about the power of family, love and second chances that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy afterwards. Family is one of the… Continue reading Review: Perennials, by Julie Cantrell

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Review: The Crooked Path, by Irma Joubert

Another day, and this time a book about Italian prisoners of war meeting South African doctors. This book was an interesting read: set in a part of the world that we perhaps don’t think about when it comes to the Second World War, or its aftermath. The result is a book that can be, at… Continue reading Review: The Crooked Path, by Irma Joubert

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Review: These Violent Delights, by Victoria Namkung

I really wanted to like this book- and for the most part, I did. With the potential to be a barnstorming novel discussing everything from the obstruction of justice to outright abuse, These Violent Delights definitely packs a punch from the first page. It’s powerful stuff. At the start of the story, we’re introduced to… Continue reading Review: These Violent Delights, by Victoria Namkung