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Review: The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

A peculiar tale of life in 17th century Amsterdam with an unnerving mystery at it's heart. You feel for Petranella, the main character who is married off to a wealthy Venetian Merchant. The novel opens as she moves into his peculiar household ocupied by his cold sister, African Man-Servant and curious Maid. She is held… Continue reading Review: The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

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Review: The Mechanical – Ian Tregillis

The Mechanical is a piece of speculative fiction which tells of an alternative history in which the Netherlands have unlocked the power to bring clockwork to life using alchemy. The last stronghold against the empirical might of the Dutch is Marseille in the West, home to the King of France in exile. Playing her part… Continue reading Review: The Mechanical – Ian Tregillis

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Review: The Power – Naomi Alderman

I've been looking forward to sinking my teeth into this book since I first spotted it's shiny, red, propaganda style cover. The novel has stormed the book charts, snapped up the women's prize for fiction and been hailed a modern triumph in the press. Flipping gender power dynamics in a sharp twist of narrative, Naomi… Continue reading Review: The Power – Naomi Alderman

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Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 takes us into the heart of a world where knowledge has been outlawed. People are consistently brainwashed by giant tv screens fitted to the walls in their homes. Everyone is desensitised, conversations are sound bites and books are banned. The story follows Montag, a fireman who's role is to  root out books and… Continue reading Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

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Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Finally, I've read Lord of the Flies after years of people making reference to it in conversation and me laughing along like I know what they're talking about. William Golding's classic novel examines civilisation verses savagery and how quickly morality can dissipate when there is no one to exact justice. The story follows a group… Continue reading Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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Review: Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

So. Wuthering Heights. I've really been trying to embrace some classic fiction in an attempt to broaden my literary horizons. Rather than, you know, reading books I know I'll enjoy. I took on this novel thinking that I'd hate it but I actually I quite liked it, even if it has increased my urge to… Continue reading Review: Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

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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