Book Review

A Discovery of Witches

Author: Deborah Harkness Published (paperback): 2011, Penguin Books Genre: Fantasy Setting: Contemporary England/France/New England Diana Bishop is a historian researching medieval alchemical texts at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. When she encounters a manuscript hidden for centuries, the supernatural world pursues her, and her repressed heritage as a powerful witch must surface. This book starts with a promising plot… Read More A Discovery of Witches

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Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Published (paperback): 2006, Vintage Genre: Literature, Dystopian Sci-fi Setting: Contemporary England When I finished reading this book, I initially gave it only three stars. It has none of my hallmarks for great literature. No cascading narrative, delicately woven prose, or characters whose emotional depths reveal spiritual or worldly truths. So what, my… Read More Never Let Me Go

Book Review

The Muse

Author: Jessie Burton Published: 2016, Ecco Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: Dual Timeline, 1967 London/1936 Spain Synopsis Odelle Bastien, a native Trinidadian, has toiled in London for five years, her dream of a better life slowly slipping away. When she takes a job as typist at an art gallery, her enigmatic boss, Marjorie Quick, and the… Read More The Muse

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The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller Published (paperback): 2012, Ecco Genre: Historical Fantasy/Mythology Setting: Ancient Greece/Troy Synopsis The Song of Achilles takes place in the years preceding and during the Trojan War. It is told from the viewpoint of Patroclus (of Homer’s Iliad), a teenage Greek prince. After an unfortunate accident leaves Patroclus exiled to another land, he… Read More The Song of Achilles

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The Great Alone

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Published 2018 Genre: General Fiction Setting: 1970’s Alaska Thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright’s father, a former Vietnam War POW, moves his family to Alaska in a bid to rid himself of his war-stained memories. Leni and her mother do their best to please volatile Ernt, and for a time it works.… Read More The Great Alone

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The Crowns of Croswald

The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night Published 2017 Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy I received a free copy of this book from Stories Untold Press in exchange for an honest review. Sixteen-year-old Ivy Lovely lives a life of drudgery as a scaldrony (scullery) maid. She has never been far from the very unspecial Castle Plum where… Read More The Crowns of Croswald

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The Taster

The Taster by V.S. Alexander Published 2018 Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: World War II Germany ‘I shuddered. My life might end here. Not even the bombings in Berlin had forced me to face my mortality in such a brutal way. The thought that I might die for Hitler stunned me.’ Magda Ritter is a young… Read More The Taster