Thanks to Headline and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
My husband and I have this thing where if we come across something amazing, be it a movie, song, book or even a person, we call it a “Crocodile Rock”. A Crocodile Rock (named after the Elton John song obvs) is something or someone truly amazing. God tier if you will. The Count of Monte Cristo is a Crocodile Rock. Keanu Reeves is a Crocodile Rock. Mozart’s Dies Irae is a Crocodile Rock. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is a Crocodile Rock.
You get the concept.
Continue reading ““Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell”
Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
An Italian family saga spanning decades with a complex central heroine? You better believe my half-Italian ass was here for that.
Continue reading ““The Seven Or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna” by Juliet Grames”
Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve been procrastinating on this review for a few days because I always seem to struggle more when writing positive reviews. I know I’m not alone in this but it’s weird, is it human nature to focus more on the negative? When I like something I tend to be quite effusive about it but “BUY THIS BOOK OMG IT’S SO GOOD” is a little less thoughtful than “I struggled with the characterisation”. Perhaps it’s because we tend to be more thoughtful when critiquing someone elses work? Anyhoo, I digress.
Continue reading ““Dignity” by Alys Conran”
Thanks to Canongate and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
It seems to me that, in general, Canongate is incapable of publishing a duff book. This novel is written by a South East Asian author and the cover is also downright gorgeous. Canongate? Asian Author? Pretty cover? I’m on board.
Continue reading ““The Garden of Evening Mists” by Tan Twan Eng”
Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I honestly wasn’t really in the mood to read a fiction book as I’ve got a bunch of work related books to get through at the moment but, with a huge backlog to get through since being unwell, I grudgingly picked this up and….basically didn’t move again until I finished it.
Continue reading ““We, The Survivors” by Tash Aw”
Thanks to Quercus Books and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
What a wonderfully strange and unusual novel.
Ostensibly this novel is about a dollmaker called Andrew and his pen pal Bamber. Andrew is on a cross country journey to meet with her after many years of correspondence. Sounds simple enough right? Wrong. So very wrong.
Continue reading ““The Dollmaker” by Nina Allan”
Thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I seem to be reading a lot of novels with multiple points of view lately so…here’s another one. The Runaways follows three members of the Pakistani community. Anita Rose, a resident of the Karachi slums, Monty, a jet setting rich kid and Sunny a second generation immigrant living in England. Unlike a number of multiple points of view novels I’ve read recently, the different points of view are distinct and I never had to force myself to remember who I was reading about. Similarly to other novels of this type, one character voice was stronger than that of the others, in this case that of Anita.
Continue reading ““The Runaways” by Fatima Bhutto”