Reviews

A list of my book reviews, or ‘thoughts’ as I would rather call them…

In alphabetical order by author’s surname.

Fiction (incl. some Middle Grade) :
Ahdieh, Renée – The Wrath and the Dawn ★★★★☆☆☆
Albertalli, Becky – Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda ★★★★★★☆
Alexander, Coleman – Between the Shade and the Shadow ★★★★★☆☆
Alexander, Nick – Things We Never Said ★★★★★★☆
Anderson, M T – Feed ★★★★☆☆☆
Arden, Katherine – Winternight Trilogy #1: The Bear and the Nightingale ★★★★★★☆
Arden, Katherine – Winternight Trilogy #2: The Girl in the Tower ★★★★★★☆
Arden, Katherine – Winternight Triloggy #3: The Winter of the Witch ★★★★★★☆
Atwood, Margaret – The Handmaid’s Tale ★★★★★★★
Auel, Jean M – Earth’s Children #1: The Clan of the Cave Bear  ★★★★★★☆
Austen, Jane – Persuasion ★★★★★★☆
Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility   ★★★★★☆☆
Backman, Fredrik – A Man Called Ove ★★★★★★★
Baggot, Mandy – One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill  ★★★★★☆☆
Baig, Hamid – Little Maryam ★★★★★☆☆
Bail, Murray – Eucalyptus ★★★★★☆☆
Baker, Jo – Longbourn ★★★★★★☆
Barbieri, Kara – White Stag ★★★★☆☆☆
Bardugo, Leigh – GrishaVerse #1: Shadow and Bone ★★★★★☆☆
Bardugo, Leigh – GrishaVerse #2: Siege and Storm ★★★★★☆☆
Bardugo, Leigh – GrishaVerse #3: Ruin and Rising ★★★★★★☆
Beagle, Peter S – The Last Unicorn ★★★★★☆☆
Bear, Greg – The Forge of God    ★★★☆☆☆☆
Boleyn, Darcie – Christmas at Conwenna Cove ★★★★★☆☆
Borman, Tracy – The Frances Gorges Trilogy #1: The King’s Witch ★★★★★★☆
Bourne, Holly – How Do You Like Me Now?  ★★★★★☆☆
Boxall, Rebecca – The Christmas Forest ★★★★★☆☆
Brontë, Charlotte – Jane Eyre  ★★★★☆☆☆
Brooks, Terry – The Dark Legacy of Shannara #1: Wards of Faerie ★★★★★☆☆
Brooks, Terry – The Dark Legacy of Shannara #2: Bloodfire Quest ★★★★★☆☆
Brooks, Terry – The Dark Legacy of Shannara #3: Witch Wraith ★★★★☆☆☆
Brown, L M – Treading the Uneven Road: Stories ★★★★★★☆
Brown, Pierce – Red Rising ★★★★★☆☆
Brown, Pierce – Red Rising #2: Golden Son ★★★★☆☆☆
Burgess, Anthony – A Clockwork Orange ★★★★★★☆
Burton, Jessie – The Muse ★★★★☆☆☆
Carter, Brian – A Black Fox Running ★★★★★★☆
Christie, Agatha – The Clocks ★★★☆☆☆☆
Clare, Alys – Aelf Fen #8: The Rufus Spy ★★★★★☆☆
Clare, Alys – Gabriel Taverner #2: The Angel in the Glass ★★★★★☆☆
Clark, Alan Robert – The Prince of Mirrors ★★★★☆☆☆
Coelho, Paulo – The Alchemist   ★★★☆☆☆☆
Cogman, Genevieve – The Invisible Library  ★★★★☆☆☆
Cohn, Rachel & Levithan, David – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist ★★★★★★☆
Coleman, Rowan – The Summer of Impossible Things ★★★★★★☆
Cornick, Nicola – The Phantom Tree ★★★★☆☆☆
Cornwell, Bernard – Fools and Mortals ★★★★☆☆☆
Dare, Tessa – The Duchess Deal ★★★★★☆☆
Darkmoon, Elena – Mistress of the Vampire ★★★☆☆☆☆
Del Toro, Guillermo & Funke, Cornelia – Pan’s Labyrinth ★★★★★☆☆
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan – A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of the Four ★★★★★★☆
Dreyer, Kate – The Fox of Richmond Park ★★★★★☆☆
Dunmore, Helen – Talking to the Dead   ★★★★☆☆☆
Fallon, Jane – Strictly Between Us ★★★☆☆☆☆
Forna, Aminatta – Happiness ★★★★★★☆
Francome, John – Outsider  ★★★★☆☆☆
Franks, Oliver – The Unbelievable Death of Joseph Goldberg ★★★★★☆☆
French, Dawn – A Tiny Bit Marvellous ★★★★☆☆☆
Galbraith, Robert – The Cuckoo’s Calling ★★★★☆☆☆
Gaskell, Elizabeth – Wives and Daughters ★★★★★★☆
Grier, Cindy L – Croakers – Book One: Tomorrow  ★★★★☆☆☆
Haig, Matt – The Humans ★★★★★★☆
Harris, Joanne – Chocolat ★★★★★★☆
Hauser, Leslie – Chasing Eveline ★★★★★☆☆
Heacock, Summer – Crashing The A-List ★★★★★☆☆
Heaney, Seamus – The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles’ Antigone ★★★★★☆☆
Heard, Wendy – Hunting Annabelle ★★★★★☆☆
Hearst, Dorothy  – The Wolf Chronicles #1: Promise of the Wolves ★★★★★☆☆
Heyer, Georgette – The Quiet Gentleman   ★★★☆☆☆☆
Ho Davies, Peter – The Ugliest House in the World: Stories  ★★★☆☆☆☆
Hoang, Helen – The Kiss Quotient ★★★★☆☆☆
Hobb, Robin – The Farseer Trilogy #1: Assassin’s Apprentice ★★★★★★☆
Hobb, Robin – The Farseer Trilogy #2: Royal Assassin ★★★★★☆☆
Hobb, Robin – The Farseer Trilogy #3: Assassin’s Quest ★★★★★☆☆
Hoffman, Alice – The Museum of Extraordinary Things ★★★★☆☆☆
Homer – The Iliad ★★★★★☆☆ (audio)
Hornby, Nick – A Long Way Down ★★★☆☆☆☆
Hughes, Glyn – Roth ★★★★☆☆☆
Ivey, Eowyn – The Snow Child ★★★★★☆☆
Jaster, Natalia – Foolish Kingdoms #1: Trick ★★★★★★☆
Jaster, Natalia – Foolish Kingdoms #2: Dare ★★★☆☆☆☆
Jaster, Natalia – Foolish Kingdoms #3: Lie ★★★★☆☆☆
Jaster, Natalia – Foolish Kingdoms #4: Dream ★★★★☆☆☆
Jenkins Reid, Taylor – Daisy Jones & The Six ★★★★★☆☆
Johnson, Debbie – The A to Z of Everything ★★★★★☆☆
Johnson, Erin – Seashells, Spells and Caramels ★★★★★☆☆
Johnson, Milly – A Winter Flame ★★★☆☆☆☆
Jones, Ruth – Never Greener ★★★★☆☆☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #00: New Spring ★★★★★★☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #01: Eye Of The World   ★★★★★☆☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #02: The Great Hunt – ★★★★★★☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #03: The Dragon Reborn ★★★★★☆☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #04: The Shadow Rising ★★★★★☆☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #05: The Fires of Heaven ★★★★☆☆☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #06: Lord of Chaos ★★★★★☆☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #07: A Crown of Swords ★★★★☆☆☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #08: The Path of Daggers ★★★★☆☆☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #09: Winter’s Heart ★★★★★☆☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #10: Crossroads of Twilight ★★★★☆☆☆
Jordan, Robert – The Wheel of Time #11: Knife of Dreams ★★★★★☆☆
Jung-hee, Oh – Vogel (The Bird) ★★☆☆☆☆☆
Kablean, Carrie – What Kitty Did Next ★★★★★☆☆
Kasasian, M R C – Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire ★★★★★☆☆
Kindall, Brian – Delivering Virtue ★★★★★☆☆
King, Stephen – Misery ★★★★★☆☆
Kinsella, Sophie – Can You Keep A Secret? ★★★★☆☆☆
Klehfoth, Elizabeth – All These Beautiful Strangers ★★★★★☆☆
Kristoff, Jay – The Nevernight Chronicle #1: Nevernight ★★★★★★☆
Kristoff, Jay – The Nevernight Chronicle #2: Godsgrave ★★★★☆☆☆
Kwan, Kevin – Crazy Rich Asians ★★★★★☆☆
Larsen, S A – Marked Beauty ★★☆☆☆☆☆
Lee, Mackenzi – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue ★★★★★★☆
Le Guin, Ursula K – A Wizard of Earthsea ★★★☆☆☆☆
Littlemore, Clare – Flow ★★★★★★☆
Littlemore, Clare – Flow #2: Break ★★★★★☆☆
Liu, Ken – The Dandelion Dynasty #1: The Grace of Kings ★★★★☆☆☆
Loomis, Gregg – De Pegasus-Connectie (The Pegasus Secret) ★★☆☆☆☆☆
Low, Shari – The Other Wives Club ★★★★★☆☆
Maas, Sarah J – Throne of Glass ★★★★☆☆☆
MacKinnon, Skye – Daughter of Winter #1: Winter Princess ★★★★☆☆☆
Malerman, Josh – Bird Box ★★★★★★☆
March, Petra – A Different Kind of Lovely  ★★★★☆☆☆
Marillier, Juliet – Blackthorn & Grim #1: Dreamer’s Pool ★★★★★☆☆
Matthews, Carole – A Cottage by the Sea ★★★★★☆☆
Mayes, Dean – The Artisan Heart ★★★★★☆☆
McGuire, Seanan – Wayward Children #1: Every Heart A Doorway ★★★★★☆☆
McQuiston, Casey – Red, White & Royal Blue ★★★★★★☆
Melrose, Fiona – Midwinter ★★★★★★★
Menon, Sandhya – When Dimple Met Rishi ★★★★★☆☆
Meredith, Anne – Portrait of a Murderer ★★★★★★☆
Miller, Madeline – Circe ★★★★★★☆
Mills, Emma – This Adventure Ends ★★★★★☆☆
Morgan, Sarah – New York Actually  ★★★☆☆☆☆
Morgenstern, Erin – The Night Circus   ★★★★★★☆
Murphy, Julie – Ramona Blue ★★★★★★☆
Ness, Patrick – A Monster Calls ★★★★★★☆
O’Farrell, Maggie – After You’d Gone ★★★★★☆☆
O’Neill, Anthony – Dr Jekyll & Mr Seek ★★★★☆☆☆
Paull, Laline – The Bees ★★★★★☆☆
Paver, Michelle – Wakenhyrst ★★★★★☆☆
Peachill – Empress Wu: Rise ★★★★★☆☆
Pfaltz, Kay – The Things We Do ★★★★★☆☆
Plath, Sylvia – The Bell Jar ★★★★★☆☆
Prince, Peter – Waterloo Story    ★★★☆☆☆☆
Pritchard, Lindsay – The Violin ★★★★★☆☆
Pullman, Philip – Sally Lockhart #1: The Ruby in the Smoke ★★★☆☆☆☆
Purcell, Laura – The Corset ★★★★★★☆
Pym, Barbara – Quartet in Autumn ★★★★★☆☆
Questell, Jaime – By a Charm and a Curse ★★★★★★☆
Quincy, D M – Atlas Catesby #2: Murder in Bloomsbury ★★★★★★☆
Rankin, Ian – Knots & Crosses ★★★★★☆☆
Ransom, L M – The Flying Ponies #1: Lift ★★★★★☆☆
Rosenberg LaForge, Jane – The Hawkman ★★★★☆☆☆
Rossi, Veronica – Riders ★★★☆☆☆☆
Rowell, Rainbow – Fangirl  ★★★★★☆☆
Rowling, J K – Harry Potter (#1) and the Philosopher’s Stone ★★★★★☆☆
Rowling, J K – Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets ★★★★☆☆☆
Rowling, J K – Harry Potter (#3) and the Prisoner of Azkaban ★★★★★★☆
Rowling, J K – Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire ★★★★★★☆
Ruiz Zafon, Carlos – The Shadow of the Wind  ★★★★★★☆
Russo, Meredith – Birthday ★★★★★★☆
Salten, Felix – Fifteen Rabbits ★★★★★☆☆
Sanderson, Brandon – Elantris ★★★★★☆☆
Sarvas, Mark – Memento Park ★★★★☆☆☆
Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein ★★★★★☆☆
Siddoway, Derek Alan – The Gryphon Riders #1: Windsworn ★★★★★★☆
Siddoway, Derek Alan – The Gryphon Riders #2: Windswept ★★★★★★☆
Siddoway, Derek Alan – The Gryphon Riders #3: Windbreak ★★★★★☆☆
Skuse, C J – Sweetpea ★★★★★☆☆
Smy, Pam – Thornhill ★★★★★☆☆
Stevens, Courtney – Dress Codes for Small Towns ★★★★★★☆
Stiefvater, Maggie – The Raven Cycle #1: The Raven Boys ★★★★★★☆
Stiefvater, Maggie – The Raven Cycle #2: The Dream Thieves ★★★★★★☆
Stiefvater, Maggie – The Raven Cycle #3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue ★★★★★☆☆
Stiefvater, Maggie – The Raven Cycle #4: The Raven King ★★★★★★☆
Stoker, Bram – Dracula ★★★★★☆☆
Sue, Eugène – The Godolphin Arabian ★★★★★★☆
Summers, Courtney – Sadie ★★★★★★☆ (audio)
Taylor, C L – Sleep ★★★★★☆☆
Taylor, Laini – Daughter of Smoke and Bone ★★★★★☆☆
Taylor, Laini – Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2: Days of Blood and Starlight ★★★★☆☆☆
Thomas, Angie – The Hate U Give ★★★★★★★
Thorne, Sally – The Hating Game ★★★★★☆☆
Tolkien, J R R – The Lord of the Rings #1: The Fellowship of the Ring ★★★★☆☆☆
Tolkien, J R R – The Lord of the Rings #2: The Two Towers ★★★★★☆☆
Tolkien, J R R – The Lord of the Rings #3: The Return of the King ★★★☆☆☆☆
Torre, Alessandra – The Ghostwriter ★★★★★☆☆
Trimble, Amanda – Singletini ★★☆☆☆☆☆
Truss, Lynne – The Lunar Cats ★★★★☆☆☆
Tucker, Stacey – The Equal Night Trilogy #1: Ocean’s Fire  ☆DNF☆
Turton, Stuart – The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle ★★★★★☆☆
Tuttle, Lisa –  The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross ★★★★☆☆☆
Walton, Leslye – The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender ★★★★★☆☆
Ware, Ruth – The Death of Mrs Westaway ★★★★★☆☆
Warga, Jasmine – My Heart and Other Black Holes ★★★★★☆☆
Whitehouse, Lucie – Before We Met ★★★★★☆☆
Willson, David A – Looking For Dei ★★★★☆☆☆
Wilson, G Willow – The Bird King ★★★☆☆☆☆
Winman, Sarah – Tin Man ★★★★★☆☆
Zola, Émile – Thérèse Raquin ★★★★★☆☆

Non-Fiction:
Balding, Clare – My Animals and Other Family   ★★★★★☆☆ (audio)
Balding, Clare – Walking Home ★★★★★★☆ (audio)
Bloks, Moniek – Carolina of Orange-Nassau ★★★★★☆☆
Clare, Horatio – The Light in the Dark ★★★★★★☆
Cooper, Simon – The Otters’ Tale ★★★★★★☆ (part fiction)
Curzon, Catherine – Queens of Georgian Britain ★★★★★☆☆
Davis, Lloyd Spencer – A Polar Affair ★★★★★★☆
Difford, Chris – Some Fantastic Place  ★★★★★★☆
Eger, Edith – The Choice ★★★★★★★
Embry, Paige – Our Native Bees ★★★★★★★
Fisher, Carrie – Wishful Drinking ★★★★☆☆☆
Hanson, Thor – Buzz ★★★★★★☆
Hillenbrand, Laura – Seabiscuit ★★★★★★★
Hills, Adam – Best Foot Forward ★★★★★☆☆
Honey, Michael K – To The Promised Land ★★★★★★☆
Humble, Kate – Humble By Nature ★★★★★★☆ (audio)
Isaacson, Rupert – The Horse Boy ★★★★★☆☆
Jones, Lucy – Foxes Unearthed ★★★★★★☆
Lee, Hyeonseo – The Girl WIth Seven Names ★★★★★★☆
Lewis-Stempel, John – Meadowland ★★★★★★☆
Lockwood, Douglas – I, The Aboriginal   ★★★★★★☆
Macfarlane, Robert – The Gifts of Reading ★★★★★★☆
Marr, Johnny – Set The Boy Free ★★★★★☆☆ (audio)
Matzen, Robert – Dutch Girl ★★★★★★☆
Miller, Martha – Times New Roman ★★★★★★☆
Murphy, Declan / Rao, Ami – Centaur ★★★★★★★
Noah, Trevor – Born A Crime ★★★★★★☆ (audio)
Obama, Michelle – Becoming ★★★★★★☆
Paulsen, Gary – Winterdance ★★★★★★☆
Rayner, Catherine – The Brontë Sisters ★★★★☆☆☆
Schutt, Bill – Dark Banquet ★★★★★☆☆
Seierstad, Åsne – The Bookseller of Kabul ★★★★☆☆☆
Selderhuis, Herman – Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography ★★★★★☆☆
Sharpe, Graham – The Magnificent Seven  ★★★★☆☆☆
Watkins, Sarah-Beth – Anne of Cleves ★★★★★☆☆
Watkins, Sarah-Beth – Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots ★★★★★☆☆
Webb, Robert – How Not To Be A Boy  ★★★★☆☆☆
Wurtzel, Elizabeth – Prozac Nation   ★★★★☆☆☆
Yaffe, David – Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell ★★★★★★☆
Young, Rosamund – The Secret Life of Cows ★★★★★☆☆

Anthologies (fiction and/or non-fiction)
A Thousand Doors ★★★★★☆☆
If The Fates Allow ★★★★★☆☆
Moving Foreword ★★★★★☆☆
Where The Stars Rise ★★★★★☆☆
Summer: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons ★★★★★☆☆
Winter: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons ★★★★★★☆

Graphic Novels: (Adult/YA)
Alterici, Natasha & Deering, Rachel – Heathen V. 1  ★★☆☆☆☆☆
Hartley, Ned & Humberstone, Tom – Albert Einstein ★★★★★★☆
Hatori, Bisco – Ouran High School Host Club, Vol 1 ★★★★☆☆☆
Minchin, Tim – Storm ★★★★★★☆
Reynès, Mathieu & Vernay, Valérie – Water Memory  ★★★★☆☆☆
Tung, Debbie – Quiet Girl in a Noisy World ★★★★★★☆
Vaughan, Brian K – Saga, Volume One ★★★★☆☆☆
Young, Keezy – Taproot ★★★☆☆☆☆

Poetry:
Cope, Wendy – Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis ★★★★★☆☆
Macfarlane, Robert & Morris, Jackie – The Lost Words ★★★★★★☆
Peppernell, Courtney – Pillow Thoughts   ★★★★☆☆☆
Smith, Michelle S – Wild Flowers ★★★★★★☆
Wilder Poetry – Nocturnal ★★★★☆☆☆

Children‘s books: 
Balding, Clare – The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop ★★★★★★☆
Bickford-Smith, Coralie – The Fox and the Star  ★★★★★☆☆
Haig, Matt – The Truth Pixie ★★★★★★☆
Kemp, Anna – The Worst Princess ★★★★★★☆
Kilworth, Garry – The Lantern Fox  ★★★★☆☆☆
Simpson, Dana – Phoebe and her Unicorn in The Magic Storm   ★★★★★★☆