Discussion: what’s the key to writing a good review?

Writing reviews is hard.  I'm not just saying that as a justification for all the books I get sent. I remember starting out in the blogging world and being absolutely bamboozled by the variety of reviewing styles out there: how could I develop my own? How could I write book reviews that people would actually want …

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Review: The Wych Elm, by Tana French

Who's afraid of the cold, hard truth? Practically everybody in this book is, for starters. The Wych Elm walks a delicate line between murder mystery and profound insight into what motivates us. What makes us 'us'? And can that change? Toby is about to find out. He's always been happy-go-lucky, cruising through life without any major mishaps, …

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Review: The Phantom Tree, by Nicola Cornick

I am a sucker for historical fiction, and I'm a sucker for fantasy: is it any wonder, then, that I loved this book? Sweeping, gloriously romantic, and with a unique twist on the Tudor novel, The Phantom Tree was a great read. It follows two characters: Alison, in the present day, and Mary Seymour, the daughter of …

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Review: The Hawkman, by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

Oh, how I wanted to like this book. It had everything I wanted: fantasy, a modernist retelling of a Grimm's fairy tale, cloaked in historical fiction. Two fascinating characters, and a very sweet love story in the middle of it that vibrates with wonder all the way through. And Jane Rosenberg LaForge, for the most …

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