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Blood Orange: Book Review

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce ★★★✰✰ 2.5  stars Blood Orange left me feeling…not much at all. It might be because of the narrative, which is propelled by a protagonist who is the embodiment of a train-wreck, or it might be because of Tyce attempting to gross readers out trough lazily nauseating scenes, but this novel […]

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Review of The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang ★★★★✰ 4 that-was-bloody-intense stars This novel is incredibly engaging. I found myself desperate to read it as often as I could, because I was involved by the story Kuang has so vividly rendered. The storyline might seem a bit predictable at first – orphan goes to a special […]

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The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum My rating: ★★★★✰ 4 The Wicker King was a quick and vivid read. Rather than chapters, this story is told through snippets: a page or two showing us one particular moment of August’s life. These brief glimpses perfectly bring to life each of the scenes/moments they portray: they are […]

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

How can I have ‘enjoyed’ or ‘liked’ this novel?Well…I did find myself flinching away from it a few times… Well, what can be said about Lolita that hasn’t been said? Who hasn’t heard of it? The influence this work has had on modern culture is astounding: just think that the meaning of the name Lolita […]

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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

An eerie and elegantly written novel that thrums with increasing suspense. Waters’ masterfully renders past times and The Little Stranger shows that she can faithfully write non-Victorian settings. The novel’s vivid atmosphere lacks the passion which we can find in other stories by Waters.This novel is rather slow paced: Dr. Faraday’s befriends the Ayreses who […]

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

“Actors are by nature volatile–alchemic creatures composed of incendiary elements, emotion and ego and envy. Heat them up stir them together, and sometimes you get gold. Sometimes disaster.” An enjoyable debut novel that delivers plenty of Shakespearean ‘nuggets’.To label this story a mystery is a mistake. It isn’t. It is quite obvious what has happened, […]

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