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

A great concept, but not quite there. The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire review

The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire is a historical fiction based in Victorian London. It follows three very different people and their lives and shows how they intertwine in a very ‘it’s a small world’ kind of way. Our three protagonists are a young woman turned prostitute, a captured and sold slave struggling to adjust to live away from his homeland and a fictionalised version of the real life Thomas De Quincey. What follows is an enjoyable venture through fictional history for about two thirds of the book. Continue reading

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan {Review}

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a book that is not easily reviewed whilst staying away from spoilers – but I will do my best and promise to keep this spoiler free for you all! I’m also going to refer to the book as simply Penumbra’s for the rest of this review.

Penumbra’s is a good story, but, unfortunately, it’s flawed – I also believe that it’s marketed to the wrong audience. I think it would have had more success as a young adult novel, rather than an adult one. Continue reading

Areh by Jeffrey Kinsey {Review}

Illustrated books tend to divide readers – some love them and think they add to the story and others think that they limit the reader’s imagination. My preference depends on the book’s intended reader. For example; I’m all for illustrations in books for children (and here I’d like to differentiate between ‘children’ and ‘young adult’) but I don’t usually like to see illustrations in any other books unless they are special illustrated editions – such as the gorgeous Harry Potter books illustrated by the amazing Jim Kay!

But Areh promises a “decadently lush visual experience quite unlike any other” – so naturally my interest was piqued. Illustrations, to me, are usually a nice addition to books, but with Areh they are just as much a part of the book as the words are. Continue reading

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee {Review}

Pachinko was one of those books that I’d started seeing all over bookstagram and I just kept thinking two things – that cover is gorgeous and I had to have it! Then I found out more about the story and I knew that this had to be moved to the top of my TBR list immediately. Luckily for me my amazing friend had seen my enthusiasm for Pachinko and bought me a copy as a present – thank you Dena!

Pachinko is a 4 generation family saga set in both Korea and Japan that starts in the early 1900’s, before a divided Korea, when Japan annexed Korea and it goes through times of historical importance, such as World War 2, and ends in the 1980’s. It is utterly heart-breaking but an essential read. Continue reading