The Familiars: charming and magical

The Familiars by Stacey Hall is a charming tale of female friendship, pregnancy, betrayal and witchcraft. With a light magical undertone, this book reads like a historical mystery set in my home county of Lancashire. I found this story easy to get into and impossible to put down. The Familiars by Stacey Halls is out... Continue Reading →

How can books become more diverse?

I always see a lot of posts about the ways authors use certain characters in fiction. If somebody has written a 'diverse' narrative, the characters all say and do what those characters are expected to say and do; the story ends up based on them being diverse. This used to be great. Not many authors... Continue Reading →

Blog tour: The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

Blog Tour The Chestnut Man Soren Sveistrup Publisher: Michael Joseph Publication date: 10th January, 2019 Amazon pre-order link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chestnut-Man-S%C3%B8ren-Sveistrup-ebook/dp/B07D9Y4GGF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546196985&sr=8-1&keywords=the+chestnut+man Trigger warnings: child abuse, abduction, rape and mutilation The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup is a very well-written serial killer thriller. I loved just how dark and twisted it was, and managed to sympathise with most... Continue Reading →

The Twisted Tree: A horrifying Norse tale

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge is a fantastic horror/ghost story based on Norse mythology. Burge's incredible use of setting, atmosphere and language makes you feel engulfed in Nordic winter screaming to get out. Although this is marked as a young adult novella, if you removed the small romantic element, it would read as an... Continue Reading →

The House on Half Moon Street

... It's got such a long title, I decided that would be the name of the review! The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve is an interesting, dark and modern Gothic tale set in the Victorian era, which sounds highly contradictory. It is modern in one glaring way: the main character is transgender.... Continue Reading →

If He Wakes: A perfect story

While no book, story or author is ever really perfect, there are some books which certainly hit the nail on the head and come pretty close! If He Wakes by Zoe Lea is one of these books. With only 225 pages, this story is action-packed without being confusing, heart-wrenching and very current. I am part... Continue Reading →

A review of The Trouble Boys

The Trouble Boys by E.R. Fallon has left me pleasantly surprised. I do not often choose gang crime novels, or particularly historical ones, but I am glad that I chose to read and review this one. The plot is fast-paced with excellent characters and raw, gritty events. The Trouble Boys will be published on Thursday... Continue Reading →

The Wren Hunt: A YA Fantasy

As I start to introduce more young adult fiction into my reading, I am reminded of the sheer simplicities of reading when you’re young. The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson was a slightly confusing, but overall well-written, enticing book. It follows in-line with many YA fantasies which focus on the fact that if this character... Continue Reading →

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