Book Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Well. Usually I have no trouble categorising books into genres, but this one has me slightly flummoxed. Part sci-fi, part dystopia, part social commentary, The Power is pretty unique, and makes a bold statement about sexism and gender roles in contemporary society. It’s certainly not one that the marketing team could tout as “The next [insert popular and over-hyped book here]”. Continue reading “Book Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman”

This Bookseller Recommends… Title recommendations for fans of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

One of the most frequent requests I get from customers as a bookseller is, “I really loved [insert book here] or [insert author here], and now I don’t know what to read next.” With my This Bookseller Recommends series, I will take a highly popular book or author and recommend other books to read that I think are similar in subject matter, style or general feel. Continue reading “This Bookseller Recommends… Title recommendations for fans of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins”

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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This is a proof – I believe that the UK cover is still black but has more detail; the US cover is VERY different – see which one you prefer!

This book is so important. It’s a book that I can not only see being hugely successful, but one that I believe will continue to be successful, and relevant, and maybe even studied in classrooms in the not-so-distant future. Inspired by the Black Lives Matters movement, this novel follows Starr, a 16-year-old black girl who witnesses the murder of her unarmed friend Khalil at the hands of a white policeman. Continue reading “Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”

Audiobook Review: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

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Although I finished this novel pretty much ages ago, I felt like I couldn’t write a review straight away because I wasn’t actually sure how I felt about it. I went into it fairly blind; the only plot detail I knew was that it was set in Switzerland around the time of the Second World War and that Erich Perle, a policeman and Gustav’s father, had lost his job for helping Jewish refugees to enter the country by falsifying documents. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain”

Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I think I’m a little bit in love with Laini Taylor. She doesn’t just write fantasy; she writes bold, expressive, character-driven fantasy, with sentence after beautifully-crafted sentence building rich and complex worlds that demand to be explored. I absolutely adored the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, which made Laini Taylor my favourite fantasy discovery of 2016 (well, it’s a toss-up between her and Brandon Sanderson but it’s a very close competition). Continue reading “Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor”

Book Review: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

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I think I’ve just listened to one of the most unexpected and pleasantly surprising books ever. Not surprising because I thought that the brilliant Anthony Horowitz could ever write anything bad; I downloaded this new book on faith without knowing much about it because I trusted that it would be good. A devoted Alex Rider fan before I moved on to the Raven’s Gate series and then to his adult Sherlock Holmes novels, I’ve never met a Horowitz book I didn’t like. However, I still wasn’t expecting this amazingly clever and razor sharp twist on the relatively clichéd and formulaic vintage crime classic, rendered all the more unique because of its “novel within a novel” concept. If Horowitz’s ability to write intelligent, original crime was ever in doubt, Magpie Murders just serves as further proof of his talent. Continue reading “Book Review: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz”

Book Review: Ink by Alice Broadway

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The most stunning cover I have seen in a long time, which actually really reflects the book’s story and message.

Before I start this review, can we just stop for a moment to appreciate how beautiful the cover of this book is? One of the things I enjoy most at work is unpacking new releases, and when I got my hands on this one, I knew I was going to buy it before I even knew what it was about. I am unashamed to admit that I definitely judge books by their covers and am often swayed into buying a book because of its design – although I usually read the description first. With Ink, I didn’t even bother to do that. As it turns out, I didn’t need to – it was right up my street. Continue reading “Book Review: Ink by Alice Broadway”