Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: The life of a slave on a plantation farm is a terrible life, especially for a girl at the verge of womanhood. Cora has always lived a nighmarish existence on the Randall plantation among the slaves. The white masters are cruel…

Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Say one thing for Logen Ninefingers, say he is a lucky bastard. He has miraculously escaped an ambush leaving him bruised and battered, but still, he found his favourite pot! He is still alive, and with a plan. The spirits say…

The Power by Naomi Alderman (Book Review)

The Power by Naomi Alderman My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Roxy is born in London’s criminal underworld and when her mother is killed by two gangland members she is determined to use the power to avenge her mother’s death. Allie Montgomery-Taylor runs away after electrocuting her abusive stepfather to death with a…

The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley (Book Review)

The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you haven’t read the first book of the trilogy, you can read my spoiler free review of The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley (Book Review) instead. You can also click here for my review of the second book of the trilogy…

Death’s End by Liu Cixin translated by Ken Liu (Book Review)

Death’s End by Liu Cixin My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars If you haven’t read the first book of the trilogy, you can read my spoiler free review of The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu Translated by Ken Liu (Book Review) instead. You can also click here for my review of the second book of…

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (Book Review)

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Loo has adjusted in a life on the move, new apartments, new schools, spending nights in motels with her dad only to pack up a few days later to leave again. It’s been like this her whole life….

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Book Review)

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides My rating: 4 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Callie begins her story with a statement. I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of…

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (Book Review)

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud My rating: 5 of 5 stars Book synopsis: There is not much David can do having failed to achieve his true passion in life, to make a name for himself as a sculptor. His art sucks, he has no money, no family, hell, his name is David Smith – you…

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff (Book Review)

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff My rating: 2 of 5 stars Book synopsis: On a cool afternoon at the Widow House, Greta Wegener asks her husband Einar for a small favour. Her friend Anna who sits for her paintings has cancelled again, and Greta prods Einar to try on a dress and sit in…

Vicious by V. E. Schwab (Book Review)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab My rating: 3 of 5 stars Book synopsis: Victor met Eli in college. They started off as roommates but soon Victor saw that Eli was much more than he had expected. A brilliant young man, charismatic and talented, Eli seemed to disguise another side of himself, a hidden identity, a darker…