Book Review

Review: The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

If Mark Lawrence writes, then I will read. He has a fantastic writing style, creates interesting and flawed characters and has an expansive imagination that holds together the threads of complex world-building. But ... and I hate that I'm writing this, something in this book felt hollow, like going through the motions of writing. The complexity was there (and perhaps too much of it) but I didn't quite get the characters I was hoping for. In fact, they began to feel like any other writer's sci fi fantasy creations and a lot more YA than I was expecting ...

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Review: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

I know, I know, I'm super late to the party on this one. I only recently received a copy of this book for review, presumably ahead of Bashardoust's newest book, Girl, Serpent Thorn, and as Girls Made of Snow and Glass is now coming out on Kindle with Hodder & Stoughton. It was such a joy to read though, that I wish I'd got my hands on it sooner!

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Review: The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle by Neil Blackmore

Two brothers, home-educated by a redoubtable mother and from merchant stock, embark on the Grand Tour. They set out with the intention of meeting people of Quality, the good and the great of British society, armed with with the classics and a love of Culture. Instead, they find that class cannot be learnt, and that love can be toxic.