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Review: The Handmaiden’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

We're at a critical point in time. It's becoming increasingly clear that as women we will have to fight for freedom, equality and our autonomy. That's why Margaret Atwood's gripping story of female subdigation and societal exclusion is having a definitive resurgence.  The story is about a woman named Offred. When a new regime comes… Continue reading Review: The Handmaiden’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

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Review: The Restraint of Beasts – Magnus Mills

The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills isn't a book with instant appeal. On the surface, it appears to be about two Scottish fence builders and their foreman, but it's so much more. The world this book creates is familiar and disarming, luring the reader into a false sense of security. Mill's writing feels true… Continue reading Review: The Restraint of Beasts – Magnus Mills

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E Schwab

This book opens with Kell. A mystical Antari with unfathomable magical powers and the ability to travel between worlds. Despite all of his power, he is owned by the King and Queen of Red London. His memories of an earlier life have been erased and he acts as a royal messenger between three parallel Londons. One… Continue reading Review: A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E Schwab

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Opinion: Understanding Terrorism Through Literature

I feel heartbroken today on the 11th of September. It's not a heartbreak that belongs to me. It's one for the families of those who died and for the survivors and rescuers who witnessed the horror. I was reading an article earlier that talked about explaining to children what happened when the Twin Towers collapsed. I hadn't given thought to the… Continue reading Opinion: Understanding Terrorism Through Literature

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Opinion: Books to Dispel a Reading Rut

I power through books week in week out without really coming up for air, or sleep. Yet, even with my worrying obsession with consuming all of the literature I do have days when I just can't get started. Thus begins the dreaded reading slump that has been known to last for weeks (sometimes years!) If… Continue reading Opinion: Books to Dispel a Reading Rut

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Review: Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

This rags to riches dystopian novel is Young Adult fiction at its very finest. It centers on Mare, a red street thief who becomes a pawn in a shifting politic game. The world is divided between red and silver blood. The Silvers possess powerful abilities, bending water, fire and the minds of others. The reds… Continue reading Review: Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

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Short Review: Transit – Lana Citron

Published in 2012 Lana Citrons short novel Transit is a fantastically bizarre piece of fiction. This book is no doubt a Marmite choice. If you love contemporary fiction that challenges your perception this is a brilliant quick read. However if you like more conventional plots or classics this is perhaps not for you. It focuses on Ed who has seemingly… Continue reading Short Review: Transit – Lana Citron