Review: Bring up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction

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I don’t suppose this review will be a surprise if you read the Wolf Hall one. I absolutely loved this book. It follows the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and as Wolf Hall, through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, who is under the favor of Henry VIII. The Boleyn family will not allow Anne to be replaced so easily and will use any power and influence they have to prevent it. At the same time, a shy, quiet girl catches the eye of the King: Jane Seymour. Continue reading

Review: Flame in the Mist, by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

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This book got intensively hyped up in the bookish community, and I was so very curious about a retelling of Mulan set in a fantasy Japan. I simply had to see what the fuss was about. All I have to say is – I’m addicted. Okay, that’s not all I have to say, but it does sum up my feelings pretty well. Now that I am done with Flame in the Mist, I can’t believe I didn’t read it slower, and I am so happy it’s a series. Continue reading

ARC Review: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

See What I have done Sarah Schmidt

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction

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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you are a fan of true crime, this book is for you. It tells the story of the ax murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, which today completes 125 years. See What I Have Done got me on the edge of my seat during the whole time, although I already knew the story previous to reading the book. It is so gripping and it sent a chill down my spine every time I thought the story it’s based on was real. Honestly, it felt like reading all the articles about the case, plus filling the blank spaces our imaginations tend to try and fill out. What goes through the head of someone who commits a crime like that? See What I Have Done tells you. Continue reading

Review: Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #1)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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This book has been quite hyped up and for the past months I’ve seen it everywhere. I was drawn to it for its unique style in reports, emails, audio transcriptions and so on instead of traditional narration. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) is 608 pages long, but I read it in 3 days during a work week. It flows very easily, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t normally read longer books! Continue reading

Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Recommended: No

Genres: Mystery, magic realism, historic fiction

I’ve been eyeing this book for a while, since it’s been published in 2014. It’s gotten so much buzz since then about its uniqueness and enchanting story. I am trying to broaden my reading experience, and so Magic Realism is something I really wanted to get a bit more of, making this book quite perfect for me. I also must confess the beautiful cover was such a selling point.

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Review: Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter Blake Crouch

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller

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I started this book with not much of an expectation. The multiverse theory is for good reason quite popular in Sci-Fi, and in my opinion isn’t always all that well executed. So when I saw what this book was about, I expected a thriller with unconvincingly little science to give space for all the action. I was mistaken. Continue reading

Review: Everything I never told you, by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You Celeste NgRating: ★★★★

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

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I cannot get this book out of my mind. It has less than 300 pages and it’s easy to read it in one day, but it stays with you for a long time.

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know it yet.”

Lydia comes from a mixed-race family and has two siblings, but she is her parent’s clearly favorite child. Both Marilyn and James see in Lydia the hope of fulfilling dreams they could never see come true for themselves – Marilyn wants her to become the doctor she could never be, and James wants her to be the social and popular kid he was never allowed to be due to his foreign looks. Continue reading

Review: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommend: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime

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I have seen this book around for a while, and the description made me pick it up faster than I could say “but you have such a long TBR”. The story starts with Susan Ryeland, an editor who finds herself with the latest manuscript of the famous writer Alan Conway, and there is no indication that this book will be any different from his other bestseller crime novels. The manuscript follows detective Atticus Pünd as he sets to solve a murder in a sleepy English village. Continue reading

Review: Divergent #1-3 by Veronica Roth

divergentRating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction

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This series was lent to me by a friend who highly recommended it. Back when I read Divergent, I was hardly reading any fantasy/dystopia YAs, because I like changing up genres, lest I find boring and predictable a book I would otherwise have enjoyed more. So Divergent was like getting back into my comfort zone – I devoured the three books in about a week. Continue reading

Review: All the light we cannot see, by Anthony Doerr

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Historical fiction

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I may have gotten this book mainly because I was seduced by its glowing reviews on Goodreads and Buzzfeed. I normally shy away from books about World War II, for the fact that I am not into tear-jerkers and it is such a heavy topic to read about, but I am glad I got this one. Continue reading