ARC Book Review: Ozmander

Title: Ozmander Author: Luke Taylor Publisher: Self-published Publication Date: Expected 13th June 2017 Synopsis: The first book of The Woven Worlds, Ozmander is the epic tale of a young healer accompanying a mysterious man on a dangerous journey. Rating: 5/5 Review: I am lucky enough to have developed a great friendship with Luke; he was the first [...]

Book Review: Antony and Cleopatra

Title: Antony and Cleopatra Author: William Shakespeare Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 1606 (this edition 2009) Rating: 4/5 Review: I haven't reviewed a play on my blog yet and I thought that Antony and Cleopatra would be a good place to start. One of my new year resolutions is to see as many Shakespeare plays performed at the [...]

The Last Books of April

This post is going to be a little different to my usual set up because I read quite a few books in April (yay!) and thought I would sum up the remaining few in one post. Simple! Name: Illuminae  Rating: 1/5 Review: I fully expect to be hunted down for this review but, in all [...]

Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists

Title: We Should All Be Feminists Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Publisher: Fourth Estate Publication Date: October 2014  Synopsis:  What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay – adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning [...]

Book Review: Hidden Figures

Title: Hidden Figures Author: Margot Lee Shetterly Publisher: William Morrow Publication Date: February 2017 (This Edition) Synopsis: Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the [...]

Book Review: Heartstone

Title: Heartstone Author: C. J. Sansom Publisher: Pan Publishing Publication Date: September 2011 Synopsis: Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army [...]

ARC Book Review: Concealed Anguish

Title: Concealed Anguish Author: Ashley S. Clancy Publisher: Static House Publishing Publication Date: 22/02/2017 Rating: 4/5 Synopsis:  After a chaotic divorce from her childhood sweetheart, where she was cheated on by a man she once loved - Left shattered by his lies and abandoned to raise a teenage daughter alone, life was certainly a challenge for heartbroken Tina. [...]

Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air

Title: When Breath Becomes Air Author: Paul Kalanithi Publisher: Bodley Head Publication Date: Feb 2016 Synopsis: What makes a virtuous and meaningful life? Paul Kalanithi believed that the answer lay in medicine’s most demanding specialization, neurosurgery. Here are patients at their life’s most critical moment. Here he worked in the most critical place for human identity, the brain. What is [...]