No Man’s Land

Ben Magid’s sci-fi (and, as I’d categorise it, YA) novel is a page turner, for sure. The first of a series, it follows a strong female lead in a world populated by robots aka “Mech”. Highly enjoyable, I will definitely continue to read the series, even if there were a few cringe language choices. The […]

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Atomic Love

Jennie Fields’ spy thriller romance surprised me with how beautifully it’s written. It’s more than a historical fiction, it’s a drama with grit and emotion. The Plot in a Nutshell It’s 1950 and Rosalind (Roz) is still haunted by her part in the Manhattan Project, as a scientist who helped to develop the bombs dropped […]

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afterland

Lauren Beukes’ Afterland tells an eerily real post-pandemic tale of a mother, son and sister trying to live in a world without men. It’s beautiful and scary and an absolute must-read. Especially now. The Plot in a Nutshell A virus has killed 99% of all men. Including Cole’s husband (Miles’ father). When it is discovered […]

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The Honey and the sting

Femantle subverts all your expectations in this mysterious historical fiction. The Plot The Honey and the Sting is told from three perspecitves: Hester, Hope and Felton. The year is 1628. Hester is a young mother who lives with her son, Rafe and her two sisters: Hope and Melis. Rafe’s father is George, a duke who […]

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The Witch House

Ann Rawson’s debut novel is the perfect blend of murder mystery, family feud and Roman history. The Plot in a Nutshell History buff Alice Hunter is trying to get her life back together after a brief stay in a mental health facility. Following the death of her beloved grandmother, she was committed after a fire […]

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The Midnight Circus

Jane Yolen’s new short story collection is nothing short of magical. Here she brings together tales and poems that were either published elsewhere previously or written for the dark fairy-tale collection. The Plot in a Nutshell As this is a short story collection, I will try to summarise each story in a sentence or two, […]

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Just Like You

The new Nick Hornby is not a romance. It’s a story about love, sure, but not a romance. The premise, two opposite people falling in love, poses a lot of interesting questions. However, I feel that Hornby failed to answer them on a deeper level. I really liked the opening of Just Like You, reading […]

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

There’s little doubt that Suzanne Collins is a terrific writer, but does the prequel stand up to the original trilogy? And how is it as a stand along novel? The Hunger Games Just in case you’ve been LIVING UNDER A ROCK, here’s what the Hunger Games is all about. The country of Panem was raged […]

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The Mystery of Henri Pick (Book Review)

This is a novel for book lovers. It is a book for anyone who needs to fall in love with reading again. It is a mystery for those who love to solve them and a comedy for anyone who needs a (Henri) Pick-me-up. Written by David Foenkinos, The Mystery of Henri Pick is a wonderful […]

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Bone Crier’s Moon

I dare you to read Bone Crier’s Moon and not be immediately obsessed. Having got a special signed edition with my latest OwlCrate, I put Bone Crier’s Moon (by Kathryn Purdie) right on top of my TBR pile and was glued to the fantasy world of the Lurress. The Plot in a Nutshell Sabine and […]

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