The Week I Officially Become Old – Sunday Post

I had a landmark birthday yesterday and I'm still not sure what I feel about it. Time will tell but I guess it's all downhill from now on ;). In the UK the rain has finally stopped and we have been gifted with some lovely sunny days, I just wish I could get back into... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Threadneedle by Cari Thomas ★★★★☆

I am not normally a huge reader of YA but the premise of this one really grabbed me. I love the fact that it is set in the modern world, in the world of laptops, smartphones and social media but our protagonist Anna is kept apart from most of it by her overbearing Aunt. It is told in the third person from Anna 16 year old perspective with occasional italic flashbacks to earlier times. You could make comparisons to Harry Potter but this is much darker and much more realistic.

Book Review – The Asylum by Karen Coles ★★★★☆

What could be more Gothic than a Victorian lunatic asylum.  Mental health care at that time was in it's infancy, a thing of abuses and punishment in the guise of treatment and symptom control and this is where we find Maude. A story within a story.  The first timeline is set in the asylum and the second italicized timeline is Maud's unearthed memories of her life before.  Under hypnosis she gradually remembers working as an assistant to an elderly scientist with crazy, overtly religious servants, a incongruous wife in a house out of the hammer-horror movies.  Continue Reading --->

Book Review – Real Estate by Deborah Levy ★★★★✯

Memoirs are not easy books to review but this is not so much a diary, but the writers thoughts on her life.  It is beautifully written, part travel journal, part literature and movie review, part essay on motherhood once your children no longer need you.  This is a woman I would very much like to hang out with sometime, but chances are her memoirs are as good as its going to get.  

April Review and Sunday Post

I can't quite believe we are at the beginning of May already, one third of the year is behind us already. The Easter Holidays were good and seeing my parents for the first time in a year was a definite highlight. This week spring seems to be turning into early summer but as this April... Continue Reading →

Audio-Book Review – The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell ★★★★☆

I loved this book and found it hard to put it down.   Told in two first person accounts one from Grace, a spinster who makes her living by cutting or painting silhouette portraits otherwise known as shades. The other voice is Pearl and through here eyes see the shady world of Victorian spiritualism. She is a young girl, a spirit medium tightly controlled and abused by her older sister. Continue Reading --->

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