Viper Wine

Viper Wine (2014) – Hermione Eyre: 3/5 Well I’m going to be honest here and admit that the entire reason I bought this book was because of its cover. It called to me from a distance in Waterstones and I gravitated towards the beauty, grasping it and stroking the smooth cover. Like the majority of characters […]

Assassin’s Apprentice

Assassin’s Apprentice (1995) – Robin Hobb: 4/5 Why have I never heard of Robin Hobb until 2 years ago? And why did it take me another year before I bought the first novel of her Farseer Trilogy, the Assassin’s Apprentice?! We follow a young boy, Fitz, the bastard of a Prince, in a land shaken by […]

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1993) – Louis de Bernieres: 5/5 I don’t know what I was expecting going into this novel but I was wonderfully surprised. A historical-romance-war novel set in 1940’s Greece, it’s got it all, and it doesn’t fail in any aspect. The history is engaging and insightful. The romance, passionate and consuming. The […]

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2012) – Benjamin Alire Saenz: 5/5 I finished this book at 2am with silent tears streaming down my face. They were happy tears by the way. I’m not sure if I was more emotional that night than normal, but what I do know is that Aristotle […]

The Demon King

The Demon King – Cinda Williams Chima (2009): 3.5/5 The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima promised everything that I love about fantasy, and in many ways, it delivered. A solid, adventure that I literally could not put down, it had me intrigued and captivated every step of the way. The characters, although sometimes contradictory […]

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I was alerted to Taylor’s first installment of the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ trilogy a couple of years ago whilst browsing Goodreads and I am ashamed to say that despite the raving reviews it seemed to be getting, I was put off a little by the cover. Not the cover pictured above but the […]

Went a Little Crazy in Oxfam…

Well, okay, maybe not that crazy. Come on I only bought four… They came to a grand total of £2 though so I’m feeling pretty chuffed with myself! It may surprise you that I actually know nothing about any one of these books. Of course I’ve seen the movie for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ […]