Irish History in What the Wind Knows | Book Review

【 WHAT THE WIND KNOWS 】 ★★★★★ This moved me to tears, I have no words for how beautiful this book was. Genre: Historical Fiction (+ time travel)Author: Amy HarmonPublished: March 2019Publisher: Lake Union PublishingPages: 411 (paperback) Content warning (click to see) death – grief – civil war – guns Quick thoughtsThis book is a … Continue reading Irish History in What the Wind Knows | Book Review

Seeking Refuge in The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Book Review

【 THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO 】 ★★★★★ I don't even know what to do with myself after this book. Genre: FictionAuthor: Christy LefteriPublished: February 2020Publisher: Manilla PressPages: 377 (paperback) Content warning (click to see) war – refugee crisis – bombs – grief – death I listened to the audiobook version of this and it scrunched … Continue reading Seeking Refuge in The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Book Review

Converging Timelines in Cloud Cuckoo Land | Book Review

【 CLOUD CUCKOO LAND 】 ★★★★★ Nothing short of the high-quality writing we expect from Doerr. Genre: Historical Fiction, Sci-FiAuthor: Anthony DoerrPublished: September 2021Publisher: 4th EstatePages: 626 (paperback) Content warning (click to see) climate change – hostage/shooting – war – prison camp (WWII) Quick thoughtsI don't think I can express clearly enough just how excited … Continue reading Converging Timelines in Cloud Cuckoo Land | Book Review

Fighting and Independence in Echoes of War | Book Review

【 ECHOES OF WAR 】 ★★★★ Beautifully Italian and fiercely passionate. Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Tania BlanchardPublished: September 2021Publisher: Simon & SchusterPages: 448 (paperback) Content warning (click to see) war — grief — death — pregnancy — natural disaster Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for a review copy of this Quick thoughtsThis was … Continue reading Fighting and Independence in Echoes of War | Book Review

Gender-swapped Robin Hood in Sherwood | Book Review

【 SHERWOOD 】 Robin Hood in all its glory, but better. ★★★★★ Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (retelling: Robin Hood)Author: Meagan SpoonerPublished: March 2019Publisher: HarperTeenPages: 480 (paperback) Quick thoughtsI'm reviewing this sometime after reading it and all I can say is that my mind keeps coming back to this book and how much I enjoyed it. … Continue reading Gender-swapped Robin Hood in Sherwood | Book Review

Magical Training in Eldest | Book Review

【 ELDEST 】 ★★★★★ Genre: FantasyAuthor: Christopher PaoliniPublished: March 2007Publisher: Knopf BooksPages: 704 (paperback) First thoughts I can't get over how much more I loved this than Eragon, not that Eragon was bad. But wow! The story really sky-rocketed into another realm of awesome. I've been wanting to read this second instalment for so long, … Continue reading Magical Training in Eldest | Book Review

Sand-filled Dramas in The City of Zirdai | Book Review

【 THE CITY OF ZIRDAI】 ★★★★★ book two in The Archives of the Invisible Sword Genre: Young Adult, FantasyAuthor: Maria V. SnyderPublished: June 2021Publisher: Harlequin TeenPages: 512 (paperback) Thanks to Harlequin for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review What it's about AN ADDICTIVE SEQUEL THAT'S FILLED WITH ADVENTURE, MAGIC AND SAND. … Continue reading Sand-filled Dramas in The City of Zirdai | Book Review

DNF: Painter to the King | 16%

【 PAINTER TO THE KING 】 ★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Amy SackvillePublished: April 2018Publisher: Granta BooksPages: 336 (hardback} This was really not my cup of tea, which was disappointing because I had thought this would make for an interesting read. It's set during the reign of King Philip IV of Spain and I was hoping … Continue reading DNF: Painter to the King | 16%

Medieval Feminism in The Good Wife of Bath | Book Review

【 THE GOOD WIFE OF BATH 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Karen BrooksPublished: July 2021Publisher: Harlequin FictionPages: 560 [paperback] Content warning (click to see) rape ° violence ° adult/minor relations ° sex ° murder ° death ° sexism ° assault ° mild homophobia Big thanks to Harlequin Australia for a copy of this in exchange … Continue reading Medieval Feminism in The Good Wife of Bath | Book Review

Beekeeping in The Ardent Swarm | Book Review

【 THE ARDENT SWARM 】 ★★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Yamen ManaiPublished: February 2021Publisher: Amazon CrossingPages: 204 [paperback] First thoughts This was an excellent and clever read! I was really curious to pick this up as the blurb described it as "a stirring allegory", and I couldn't put it better myself. What's it about? The Ardent … Continue reading Beekeeping in The Ardent Swarm | Book Review