mini book reviews – ARC’s i didnt like

21st August 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we cant like ALL the books we are sent or buy for ourselves right? I hate it when this happens but i’d rather be honest with the publishers who have sent them to me and maybe pass the ARC (advanced review copy) onto someone else who will love it and want to review it fully. So here are the latest batch of books I did not like… The…

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A Change is Gonna Come – Book Review

10th August 2017

This ARC was sent to me by Stripes Publishing – @StripesBooks in return for an honest review so thank you very much guys! This is a book of short stories and poetry by 12 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers. For someone who doesn’t often read books of short stories/poetry this was a real treat and totally hit the spot for me. The diverse range of genres in this book is amazing. There are contemporary,…

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Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

6th July 2017

Original Heartbreaking Uplifting Beautiful My feelings on this book are best summed up by the words above. I dont read a lot of Middle Grade books but I find it hard to believe that the plot of this book has been done before. Fostering and very young teenage pregnancy is not something you hear much about in books at all so that made this story all the more wonderful for me. The writing in the…

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

30th June 2017

This is about three friends, Dill, Lydia and Travis who live in a small town in Tennessee. The book begins in their final year of school before graduation. They all have incredibly different backgrounds, stories and lives but have become close and firm friends. Of the three characters Lydia quickly became my favourite. I loved the way she handled herself with kids at school who taunted and bullied her, she was so at ease in…

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

25th March 2017

Well i finally finished it! Anyone would think it was a 400 page chunker not an 80 page novella its taken me so long but, the truth is… I didnt really enjoy it! It was fascinating from the African/Namibian heritage side of Binti’s character but the actual plot in space with the aliens was PANTS!  I never cared about any of the characters, they were all 1 dimensional and boring. The plot was hard to…

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The Female Man by Joanna Russ

8th March 2017

I got fed up waiting for a special book to arrive (which should be here today) yesterday and began reading this instead Its one of three books from the SF Masterworks collection of classic Science Fiction that i was uber kindly sent by Stevie over at Orion/Gollancz books. This was first published in 1975 and i just adore the old style, almost cheesy covers of all the books in this set. Its about 4 different…

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Planetfall by Emma Newman

15th February 2017

For some reason 2017 wants me to read more Science fiction/fantasy books, dont ask me why but it does!  I’m not arguing though when Planetfall is so bloody good!   I reckon that this is an excellent book to begin with if you are just starting to read SFF. It has just the right amount of excitement, suspense, thrills and emotions to keep you reading but not too much technical spacey stuff to put you…

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What Alice Knew by T.A. Cotterell

27th October 2016

This may contain spoilers, so be warned! I was kindly sent an early proof copy of this by Transworld so I have to thank them, which makes it even harder for me to say that this book was a big disappointment. *sighs loudly* To be fair it has a cracking opening and the pace was kept up really well to begin with but….. I felt it was full of too many confusing and un-necessary red…

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The Last Beginning by Lauren James

26th October 2016

CHEESEFEST! There i’ve said it. This was one huge cheesefest. Which means i didnt like it very much, sadly. Her first book The Next Together was an incredibly clever concept, time travel, time loops, historical love affairs etc. and would have been an award winning novel if it had been written by a more experienced person. Sadly it came out as very tacky and the concepts were wasted with pointless drivel and cheesy love themes.  …

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Candlestick Press pamphlet reviews

15th October 2016

Candlestick Press, who publish gorgeous poetry pamphlets usually containing 10 or 12 poems around a central theme very kindly sent me their latest 3 pamphlets to review. Their pamphlets are designed to be sent as a gift card for all manner of occasions. They come with an envelope, a bookmark and a sticky label to seal the flap with, look! The pamphlets are beautifully designed and printed and make such an original change from a…

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