• Me at the Daunt Bookstore in London
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    Dear 2020

    Dear 2020, When I impulsively started writing you a letter in my journal earlier this month, I had no idea what I wanted to achieve or how it was going to look. I thought it might be cathartic at worst, reflective at best. At the very least, I could get to grips with what has been a hot mess of a strange twelve months. More often than not, I have to write something down before I know what it is that I really want to say. Sprinkle in the simultaneous blur and endless trajectory of your existence and I shouldn’t…

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    The Great Library (series) by Rachel Caine

    From not knowing it was a five-book series when I picked up the first book at the end of last month to devouring all of them in just a few weeks. I cannot recommend The Great Library series by Rachel Caine enough! Imagine a world where The Great Library of Alexandria has survived. Over the centuries, it has become ruthless and all-powerful, gatekeeping what they deem “harmful”, controlling the knowledge that goes out to the masses (it is illegal for anyone to personally own a book). They rule the world through sister Serapeums in every city. This is a world that, on the…

  • More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn
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    More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn (author interview and blog tour sneak peek)

    Last spring, I received a bunch of upcoming releases from Wednesday Books. The cover of You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn caught my eye even before I picked it up and read the blurb. It had this “feel” of summer and, as I read the description of this YA contemporary about two country musicians, a vibe that just matched. When I did read it, a few months on, it was exactly what I needed – a layered, complicated but ultimately feel-good story with music as a bonus. You can read my review of it here. I was thrilled when I…

  • With Child by Andy Martin
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    With Child by Andy Martin (Review)

    Yesterday, about half an hour after I read the last line of With Child by Andy Martin–Lee Child saying, ‘I’m with Kakfa – the meaning of life is that it ends.’–I sat down to write a piece about Wayne Holloway’s debut novel, Bindlestiff. My mind still swirling with the world I had been immersed in over the past week with its discussions about crime and ‘crime’, about writing practices and the truth of fiction, about the death of the author, metaphorical or otherwise, dying (there was an almost morbid preoccupation with this, if I’m being honest)…and, well, reading all the…

  • The Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor
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    The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (Review)

    The Muse of Nightmares picks up right where Strange the Dreamer ended on a cliffhanger. The first few chapters have this frenetic energy that sucks you in and it’s great to be already invested in these characters. But, then there is the introduction of two new characters in a parallel narrative which was initially confusing and took time away from the main narrative. I started to settle into it a little when that storyline abruptly (seemingly) fizzled out. By the time the two storylines intersected in the final 150 pages, I was past caring. Here is why: The genre inexplicably…

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