REVIEW: ‘While I Was Sleeping’ – Dani Atkins ARC

~Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not associated with the author or publisher in any way. My opinion is completely unbiased and entirely my own~ My rating: 3* While I Was Sleeping is a contemporary novel about a 28 year old woman who wakes from a coma after being hit … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘While I Was Sleeping’ – Dani Atkins ARC

REVIEW: ‘The Good Son’ by You-jeong Jeong ARC

'Yu-jin is a good son, a model student and a successful athlete. But one day he wakes up covered in blood. There's no sign of a break-in and there's a body downstairs. It's the body of someone who Yu-jin knows all too well. The Good Son deals with the ultimate taboo in family life, and asks … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Good Son’ by You-jeong Jeong ARC

REVIEW: A Shout in the Ruins – Kevin Powers ARC

'Following his hugely celebrated debut novel, The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers returns to the battlefield and its aftermath, this time in his native Virginia, just before and during the Civil War and ninety years later. The novel pinpoints with unerring emotional depth the nature of random violence, the necessity of love and compassion, and the fragility … Continue reading REVIEW: A Shout in the Ruins – Kevin Powers ARC

REVIEW: The Women of the Castle – Jessica Shattuck ARC

'Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from … Continue reading REVIEW: The Women of the Castle – Jessica Shattuck ARC

REVIEW: The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang ARC

'A powerful epic fantasy novel with roots in the 20th-century history of China. Opium runs through the heart of the Nikara Empire, a constant reminder of the war with the Federation of Mugen that brought it to the empire’s shores. A war that only ended thanks to three heroes – the Vipress, the Dragon Emperor … Continue reading REVIEW: The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang ARC

REVIEW: ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ – Alexandra Christo

"I have a heart for every year I've been alive. There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle just to check they're still there. Buried deep and bloody." Princess Lira is siren royalty and revered across the sea until she is cursed into humanity by … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ – Alexandra Christo

REVIEW: ‘The Map of Salt and Stars’ – Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar ARC

'This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker—places today’s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Map of Salt and Stars’ – Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar ARC

REVIEW: ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ – Beth Underdown

When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ – Beth Underdown

REVIEW: ‘The Nevernight Chronicle: Godsgrave’ – Jay Kristoff

'A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff. Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.' Hardcover, 421 pages Published September … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Nevernight Chronicle: Godsgrave’ – Jay Kristoff