April 23, 2019

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This Pulitzer prize winning novel by Anthony Doerr has been hugely popular over the past few years and has been on my TBR for some time now. From what I knew about this book I had high hopes that this story of a blind girl in Nazi-occupied France during World War II would be something that would be deeply moving and highly enjoyable. 

There are some really gr...

February 18, 2019

The Binding by Bridget Collins

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I picked up this book knowing only a very little about it and with having read none of the author's previous work so I really had no real expectations from this book. I know other reviewers have commented on the hype this book seems to have been getting but in my small area of Scotland I have to say I've not been aware of this and so I truly didn't have any preformed opinio...

February 10, 2019

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book has been such a phenomenon in the last year but strangely it has been mostly on the shores of the USA, in the UK I've heard fewer people talking about it and as a result as much as I waited and waited for my local library to get a copy it still remains elusive on the shelves. Finally, I decided I couldn't wait any longer and decided to go...

October 3, 2018

The Clockmakers Daughter by Kate Morton

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I always look forward with great joy to the release of a new Kate Morton book and even though my most frequently read genre at the moment is fantasy I still was waiting with bated breath for the release of The Clockmakers daughter last month. Promising the story of a mysterious event in the summer of 1862 as an artist and his friends stay at his house in the countr...

August 28, 2018

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It's been quite a while since I picked up a book that I haven't seen recommended by Booktube or by an author I know a significant amount about. This book I saw on my local library shelf and there was just something about its cover that called to me and made me pick it up. The thing with books like this is sometimes they end up being returned never having been...

July 4, 2018

My Lady Jane (Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton & Jodi Meadows

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I had heard a lot of people raving about the Lady Janies series by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton and Jodi Meadows and because of my love for the Tudor era and the fact that in my teens I fell in love with the movie Lady Jane starring Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes I knew I had to read this book. 

Touted as a historical fictio...

March 13, 2018

The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity #0.5) by Elizabeth Wein

Rating: 2 stars

I read Code Name Verity last year and loved the World War II based story. I was therefore excited to read the prequel to Julia's story, The Pearl Thief which charts Julia's last summer at her grandfather's ancestral home as it is broken down and sold to a boarding school to cover the family debts. 

I think it is important to understand that I very very ra...

October 11, 2017

Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Rating: 5 stars

I am actually a little breathless having finished this book, it's taken my breath away and I'm feeling that awful grief you get when you have finished a book that is really special and you know your time with the characters has come to an end. I had heard wonderful things about Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys but I really had not expected to fall in love with this book quite as har...

September 29, 2017

Alex & Eliza (Alex & Eliza #1) by Melissa De La Cruz

Rating: 4 stars

I must be upfront and declare myself absolutely obsessed with Hamilton the musical, from the first time I heard it I've been hooked and it's helped both me (and my children) learn so much more about the history of the United States and the key figures in its establishment. Coming from the United Kingdom this is something we do not generally cover in our edu...

July 24, 2017

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Rating: 4 stars

After a month or so of sticking mainly to Young Adult fiction, I felt the need to read a "grown-up" book and one of the most frequently talked about books online was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, a book full of emotion and guaranteed to make you cry was the vibe that people game me about this story and it sounded like just what I was looking for. 

Set in France during the N...

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