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Review: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

Stormbird by Conn Iggulden Date read: 5th May 2018 - 8th May 2018 Page Count: 482 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Paperback (Library) Rating: 3/5 Conn Iggulden is an author I've always heard a lot about, but never really read anything from. Even though I've had the fourth book in this series, Ravenspur, sitting on my bookshelf since 2016, I've never got… Continue reading Review: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

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Review: Castile for Isabella by Jean Plaidy

Castile for Isabella by Jean Plaidy Date read: 1st May 2018 - 3rd May 2018 Page count: 288 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Kindle Edition Rating: 4/5 Lo and behold, another historical fiction review! I've read a lot of historical fiction recently (I'm currently reading Conn Iggulden's Wars of the Roses series) and I decided I wanted to try and review more… Continue reading Review: Castile for Isabella by Jean Plaidy

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Review: The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick

The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick Date read: 4th May 2018 - 5th May 2018 Page count: 483 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Paperback (Library) Rating: 5/5 Yes, I've already finished this book. And yes, it was just as good as the first book in the series. You can see my review for The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick on this blog as well,… Continue reading Review: The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick

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A Mini Library Haul

I'm on a little bit of a historical fiction kick at the moment - as evidenced by my trip to the library yesterday. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a good book, and libraries are, as always, important to support. Whether they're your local, your school's or even your university's, libraries are, in… Continue reading A Mini Library Haul

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Review: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer Date read: 30th April 2018 - 1st May 2018 Page count: 195 Genre: Horror/Science Fiction Format: Paperback (Library) Rating: 5/5 If you've read my reviews of The Boy On The Bridge and The Girl With All The Gifts then you'll know that I have an ever so teeny soft spot for horror. I'm also a pretty big fan of Stephen… Continue reading Review: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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Review: The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick Date read: 25th April 2018 - 29th April 2018 Page count: 478 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Kindle Edition Rating: 5/5 I reviewed The Captive Queen by Alison Weir back in March (I think...), which, ultimately, I didn't really enjoy. In that, Eleanor of Aquitaine is characterised as a sex-obsessed figure whose relationship with her husband Louis,… Continue reading Review: The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

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I spend my Saturday mornings, before I leave for work, with a cup of tea and my phone, scrolling through the bookstagram accounts I follow. It's pretty relaxing, seeing the countless photos of multicoloured bookshelves and immaculate covers, as well as vintage collections of Sylvia Plath poetry and the occasional picture of a cat. But… Continue reading #kindlesaren’tdead

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Review: Release by Patrick Ness

Release by Patrick Ness Date read: 30th March 2018 - 30th March 2018 Page count: 287 Genre: Young Adult contemporary Format: Hardback (Library) Rating: 5/5 This is a book I read in about two hours - so it has the Ellie Approved Compulsive Read label. I do read fast, but I think it really is the kind of book that's… Continue reading Review: Release by Patrick Ness

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Review: The First Dance by Catherine Law

The First Dance by Catherine Law Date read: 19th March 2018 - 20th March 2018 Page count: 448 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Paperback Rating 2/5 I'm ultimately not 100% sure how to think about this book. Alexa is an eighteen-year-old girl living in Cornwall with a remarried father, a stepmother who is made out to be a villain but… Continue reading Review: The First Dance by Catherine Law

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Review: The Captive Queen by Alison Weir

The Captive Queen by Alison Weir Date read: 14th March 2018 - 14th March 2018 Page count: 473 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Paperback (Library) Rating: 3/5 String me up and hang me from the altar of historical accuracy if you don't agree with me, but I actually didn't mind this book. Alison Weir is a pretty polarizing author—she is not… Continue reading Review: The Captive Queen by Alison Weir