There are different types of survival! Sal Review

Sal

Sal by Mick Kitson was one of those books that I was instantly drawn to by the cover, and then was completely sucked into by the blurb on the back. I’m a massive fan of road-trip stories and this one, whilst mostly survival based, had me kinda thinking it’d be similar.

Sal is 13 and her half-sister Peppa is 10. When their useless, alcoholic lump of a mother fails to protect them from her boyfriend, Robert, and his deviant and abusive ways, Sal decides to take action. Continue reading

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Drugs, Gangs & Violence – Black Water Review

Black Water is a debut novel from Cormac O’Keeffe and is set in Dublin and centres on a gang that terrorizes the local community around the canal.

It’s no secret that I’m not the biggest fan of crime novels – I don’t know what it is, but they usually don’t do it for me. However my mum is a massive (fiction) crime reader so I’ve decided to slowly immerse myself in crime books every now and then throughout 2018. I recently read The Chalk Man and my god was that a great book! So I had high hopes for Black Water as I thought I’d been missing out on the crime genre all along! Continue reading

Part of your world – The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock review

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is the debut novel from Imogen Hermes Gower. It’s a historical fiction set in 18th century England. I’m usually not a big fan of historical fiction, but it’s a genre I’ve begun experimenting with more and more, and I have to admit that Imogen Hermes Gower makes her reader feel fully immersed in the world she has created. You really feel like you are experiencing everything she wants you to feel.

The thing that is most striking about this novel is its beauty – and this is almost entirely due to the language used. I absolutely cannot fault Gower’s use of language. It’s descriptive and emotive in all the right places and the vocabulary is incredible – I’ve never looked up the definition to so many words since I finished the Reading Rainbow in primary school! This book is filled with beautiful examples of amazing language. Continue reading

An ending that’ll stick with you! The Chalk Man review

the chalk man held

The Chalk Man was another one of those books that I’d seen all over bookstagram and knew I had to get. I’d heard that this book was brutal, hard-hitting and completely fucked up.

Well…it might have been brutal for those who are timid in nature or new to crime/thriller books, it certainly hits, but not too hard, and fucked up? Yeah, kinda. It’s not all that bad until the very last chapter and The Big Reveal – which had me bug-eyed and slack jawed staring at the wall for a while thinking about how this new knowledge effects everything I’d already read! Continue reading

Time for an unpopular opinion: This wasn’t that great. How to Stop Time review

I’ve read Matt Haig’s work before, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I hate to sound like practically every other person in the bookish community; but The Humans was a really good book. I’ve not read all of Haig’s other work, but I’ve read enough that I got excited to get hold of and read How to Stop Time.

That excitement wasn’t fully realised upon reading it though. I liked it, but I just didn’t love it. It was an easy read, and ultimately quite likeable, but just not a satisfying read. I’d rate it as probably the worst of his book (of the ones I’ve read) – now that’s not me slagging it and saying it’s a bad book, but one of his books has to be the ‘worst of the group’ and How to Stop Time takes that title for me. Continue reading

You have one true love in this world. Just one…sort of. The One review

So thrillers aren’t usually my thing, but my amazing friend gifted me a copy of The One by John Marrs so I gave it a go! Besides, my friend is pretty much a thriller aficionado so I was more than willing to try this!

The One turned out to be highly addictive and full of twists and turns! I was really surprised by it!

The chapters are quite short, and they alternate between various different characters’ points of view, which made it really easy to ‘dip in and out of’ and it keeps you reading for longer! It’s really deceptive in a good way! It also helps break up the narrative a bit and keeps you guessing if any will overlap! Continue reading

One of the most boring books I’ve ever read! See What I Have Done Review

See What I Have Done is a re-imagining of the Lizzie Borden axe murder case from the 1890’s and, naturally, this premise brought me straight in and made me want to give it a go. Plus the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t seen an edition of this book that I didn’t think had gorgeous cover art.

I really wanted to like this book. I really did. But I just can’t. I’m aware I’m likely in the minority here, but I just can’t say I liked it in all honesty. This book promised gore and terrifying moments and for it to be unsettling. It wasn’t sinister, it wasn’t scary, and it wasn’t twisted.

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Did ye, aye? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane (Scots Edition) Review

There’s no doubt that Harry Potter is a global phenomenon, and that Scotland plays quite a large part in both the making of, and world of, Harry Potter. It’s quite possible (and likely) that Hogwarts is located in Scotland, and a lot of the writing of the Harry Potter series took place in Edinburgh – in fact I even wrote a Harry Potter Fan’s guide to Edinburgh. So it only seems natural that there’s a Scots Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone here’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane (Scots Edition) – and let me tell you, it’s bloody brilliant!

This isn’t going to be a review of the story, but rather this edition of the story, so if you’re looking for a story/character/writing style review you’re in the wrong place. This is purely a bit of fun before Christmas and a review of the Scots Edition. Continue reading

The horror falls flat in this one, but still fun! The Silent Companions Review

I got this gorgeous covered book for my birthday this year, and it’s not my usual go-to genre but it sounded really intriguing so I couldn’t wait to dive in and find out about the silent companions. The match-book blurb goes like this: Our recently widowed protagonist is sent to see out her pregnancy in her late husband’s disintegrating country estate – but spooky things start to happen and haunt the residents.

One of the fun things about this version of the book is that the cover hides a lot of secrets from the story itself, and it’s great to flick back to the cover once you’ve uncovered it and have that ‘ahhh!’ moment! Continue reading