Book Review: I’m Not Too Bad, Thanks by Chris Hughes

I was fortunate to connect with Chris over on Twitter, somewhere in the depths of an #indieauthor thread. The premise behind his debut poetry collection, I'm Not Too Bad, Thanks, intrigued me: Chris reflects that "When someone asks how you are, whether you are on top of the world or feeling low, what’s the standard [...]

Book Review: The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

When I first listened to the audiobook of Katherine Arden's The Bear and The Nightingale two years ago, I knew this series was going to become a firm favourite. Her writing (and Kathleen Gati's fabulous narration) transported me straight into the winter of darkest Rus and I could feel Morozko’s breath on my cheek. She wove [...]

Making Bad Times Easier: The Flatshare – Book Review

Every now and again there's a book that you pick up because it looks like something light and easy that you might enjoy but, quite unexpectedly, you fall completely in love with it. The Flatshare, by Beth O'Leary, is one of those books. From The Flatshare website: Tiffy and Leon share a flatTiffy and Leon [...]

The Book That Steals Hearts: The Boy Who Steals Houses – Book Review

This book will break your heart and stitch it back together with caramel and sunbeams. It is a story filled with hope, pain, love, fear, and beautiful, beautiful connection.  CG Drews once again demonstrates her ability to craft the most astounding characters and weave the most heart wrenching narratives. The Lou brothers are masterfully written: [...]

There Will Be Music Again – Book Review: The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

I wasn't getting on with my chosen book. I could feel myself falling into a reading slump. I was also tired and anxious and in need of something to take me out of myself. I stumbled across Anstey Harris' The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton sitting on a supermarket shelf as I did the weekly shop. I had never heard [...]

It’s Elementary My Dear… – Book Review: A Study In Brimstone

Follow my blog with Bloglovin A few months ago the fabulous G.S.Denning got in touch with me on Instagram to ask if I would like to receive a review copy of his book, Warlock Holmes: A Study In Brimstone. A fantasy retelling of Sherlock Homes full of irreverent humour and Holmes is a hopeless warlock? [...]