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Review: ‘The End We Start From’ by Megan Hunter

Review: ‘The End We Start From’ by Megan Hunter

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars As London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, she and her baby are forced to leave their home in search of safety. They head north through a newly dangerous […]

Review: ‘Bird Box’ by Josh Malerman

Review: ‘Bird Box’ by Josh Malerman

Rating: 4 out of 5 starsMost people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew. Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we […]

Review Minis: The Library Edition

Review Minis: The Library Edition

I’ve been on a bit of a library kick lately. Every time I go back to return my books, I decide to “just have a look” to see if there’s anything in that I like the look of and then I leave with at least […]

Audiobook Mini Reviews: YA Dystopia and Fantasy

Audiobook Mini Reviews: YA Dystopia and Fantasy

Legend by Marie Lu I’d heard a lot of great things about this series so I was pretty keen when I saw the first in the series on my library’s audiobook list.  It was a disappointment.  If you’ve read any YA Dystopia in recent years, […]

Review: ‘Allegiant’ by Veronica Roth

Review: ‘Allegiant’ by Veronica Roth

**SPOILER ALERT – ALLEGIANT is the last in the Divergent series so there may be spoilers for earlier books in the series (although I have kept things spoiler free so far as this book goes).  If you haven’t read the first, Divergent, you might want […]

Review: ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon

Review: ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon

Rating: 4 out of 5 starsThe year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people‚Äôs minds. For Paige […]

Review: ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley

Review: ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to […]

Review: ‘The Uninvited’ by Liz Jensen

Review: ‘The Uninvited’ by Liz Jensen

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 starsA seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother’s neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious? As chilling murders by children grip the […]

Some Thoughts on ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

Some Thoughts on ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

Despite the frenzy of enthusiasm surrounding this trilogy, it’s taken me ages to get around to starting it. I think it was just a bit of scepticism on my part that any series could be quite as good as the blogosphere was trying to make […]

Review: ‘Pure’ by Julianna Baggott

Review: ‘Pure’ by Julianna Baggott

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars Synopsis We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .  Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives […]