Powerless by Lauren Roberts book review

Powerless by Lauren Roberts book review

Book reviews, Fantasy, Romance
Quite regularly at the moment a book deemed to be in the “romantasy” genre will go viral on TikTok or Instagram (often both). Every single damn time, I try and stop myself from going to read it because I know that this genre isn’t for me - I can’t do the cheesy character interactions and therefore lack of real fantasy world building. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. However, with Powerless by Lauren Roberts the stars aligned as it was only £4 on Amazon, the audiobook became available on Libby and…
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The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

Book reviews, Historical Fiction
The Marriage Portrait was kindly sent to me by a follower on social media who said they thought the front cover was great and sounded quite interesting. It covers the story of Lucrezia who, at the age of 16 is married off to Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. It tells the story of Lucrezia's time with Alfonso as she grows to know him more and suspect he may have dark intentions that she wasn't initially aware of. He has a portrait commissioned of her to "celebrate…
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The Rose Code by Kate Quinn book review

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn book review

Book reviews, Historical Fiction
I bloody love historical fiction and so when we went to Bletchley Park at the start of June - the site where Alan Turing and many other important folk helped reduce World War 2 by years by solving the Enigma Code - I knew I wanted to pick up a book based on those events. A quick scour in the gift shop and a peak on Goodreads led me to The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. The Rose Code is the story of three Wrens…
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Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver book review

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver book review

Book reviews, Historical Fiction
Demon Copperhead was one of the novels that my followers across social media suggested I read throughout 2024. It's a book that before reading it I'd heard a very 50/50 response to. The comments were either "too long and depressing" or "absolutely brilliant" so I knew what I was getting in for. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. Something I didn't know until the last minute either was that this is a modern loose retelling of David Copperfield, a book I've not actually ever read so information of which meant little…
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The Housemaid is Watching by Freida McFadden book review

The Housemaid is Watching by Freida McFadden book review

Book reviews, Mystery, Thriller
The Housemaid series is without a doubt one of the most popular thriller series out there. If you ever check the top-selling books on the Amazon Kindle store, one of the first two Housemaid books will inevitably be on there. So when The Housemaid is Watching was announced and I saw that it was going to be coming out in paperback on launch day, I pre-ordered it in almost every form you could (audiobook, kindle and paperback). And here are my thoughts... Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. The Housemaid is…
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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry book review

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry book review

Book reviews, Historical Fiction
Lonesome Dove was very kindly sent to by a follower over on Instagram after she stated she really wanted me to read it and to hear my thoughts on it as it was one of her favourite books of all time! Lonesome Dove is the first true cowboy book I've read and is over 800 pages long. It took me a while, but I finished it and overall, I really enjoyed it! Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. Lonesome Dove tells the story of Captain Woodrow F. Call and Captain Augustus…
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Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent book review

Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent book review

Book reviews, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
I picked up Strange Sally Diamond after I had selected a few books I could take on a short staycation with me and then it was narrowed down by me reading the blurbs to my partner and her deciding on one based on that. It's a unique story with a great and loveable main character with some dark moments heavily layered in that keep those interested in darker storylines interested. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. Strange Sally Diamond, maybe unsurprisingly to some, tells the story of Sally Diamond and when…
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The Locked Door by Freida McFadden book review

The Locked Door by Freida McFadden book review

Book reviews
The Locked Door is my third Freida McFadden book and so I'm starting to get a gauge of her USP - thrillers with female leads from a first-person point of view where there's going to be some sort of wicked twist at some point. The Locked Door is very much like that and, like the other two McFadden novels I've read so far The Housemaid and The Housemaid's Secret, it was very enjoyable, but maybe just a little less clever. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. The Locked Door is quite…
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The Stranger in Her House by John Marrs book review

The Stranger in Her House by John Marrs book review

Book reviews, Mystery, Thriller
Continuing on with my recent obsession with thrillers, I asked on my TikTok who the next thriller author I should try next is and many came back and said John Marrs. So I dropped Marrs a quick DM on Instagram telling him such and asking him where he thinks I should start with his books. He very kindly sent me The Stranger in Her House to read. And it's a great little thriller. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. The Stranger in Her House tells the story of Connie, her mother…
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The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne book review

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne book review

Book reviews, Historical Fiction
I've had about a week now to think about what I thought of The Heart's Invisible Furies. My instant thought after finishing it was that it was one of the best books I've ever read and will go down for a very long as one of my favourite books of all time. Over a week later, I still think the same. This is such a damn good book. Please note that this article contains affiliate links. This means if you choose to purchase any products via the links below, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. These affiliate links do not affect my final opinion of the product. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a story of Cyril Avery and his journey from boy to old…
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