Saturday, 26 November 2016

Review: Blankets by Craig Thompson

Title: Blankets
Author: Craig Thompson
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Pages: 592
Genres: Graphic Novel, Memoir
Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Title: Milk and Honey
Illustrator: Rupi Kaur
Publisher:  Andrews McMeel Publishing
Pages: 208
Genres: Poetry
Source: Review copy from Socialbookco

Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Review: The Fairy Tales by Jan Pieńkowski

Title: The Fairy Tales
Illustrator: Jan Pieńkowski
Translated by: David Walser
Publisher:  Viking Press
Pages: 186
Genres: Children's, Fairy-tales

Enter an enchanted world where dashing princes rescue beautiful princesses, where wicked stepmothers do battle with good fairies, and where romance, danger and excitement captivate the reader.

This glorious collection of four of the most beloved of European fairytales will weave its spell on you. Faithfully translated from the original French and German, each tale remains true.

Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Title: The Wonder
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher:  Picador
Pages: 291
Genres: Historical Fiction

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Review: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Title: Our Endless Numbered Days
Author: Claire Fuller
Publisher:  Fig Tree
Pages: 304
Genres: Literary Fiction

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Review: Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue

Title: Kissing the Witch
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher:  Picador
Pages: 228
Genres: Short Story Collection

In Kissing the Witch, Emma Donoghue  unwinds thirteen fairy tales and writes them anew: Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother, Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror, and Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire.

In these stories, Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances - sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Siege and Storm
Series: The Grisha #2
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher:  Orion Children's Books
Pages: 416
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Darkness never dies. Alina and Mal are on the run - but they can't run for ever...

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his dangerous plan. Somehow, she must choose between her country, her power, and her love - or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Title: Gemina
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Rock the Boat
Pages: 672
Genres: Young Adult, Science-Fiction

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone
Series: The Grisha #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher:  Orion Children's Books
Pages: 352
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling is a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him?