Discussion | Should we be kinder to debut novels?

Discussion | Should we be kinder to debut novels?

I've read a few debut books this year so far and I started wondering about debut authors and how harshly we should be judging them. I read and reviewed Ignite the Stars this year and I didn't enjoy it very much. This is Maura Milan's debut novel and whilst it had all of the ideas for [...]

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TTT: Childhood Favourites

TTT: Childhood Favourites

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. It has been a LONG time since I've done one of these, but I adore children's books so I [...]

The Power – simplistic gender flipping or a fantastical thought experiment?

The Power – simplistic gender flipping or a fantastical thought experiment?

The Power | Naomi Alderman  ★★★★ 'She cuppeth the lightning in her hand. She commandeth it to strike' There are lots of reviews that make this comparison, so let's get this out of the way: The Power in many ways reminded me of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It's similar in not only the framing device used to [...]

Where were the dragons in Priory of the Orange Tree? (And other issues I had)

Where were the dragons in Priory of the Orange Tree? (And other issues I had)

The Priory of the Orange Tree | Samantha Shannon ★★½ So this is going to be a controversial blog post as I've seen nothing but good reviews for The Priory of the Orange Tree, especially amongst YA readers but I have a *lot* to say about this high fantasy. ***Minor spoilers ahead*** Although I was [...]