When We Were Vikings Review

When We Were Vikings book review
When We Were Vikings, Andrew David Macdonald, ISBN 9781982143282, 336pp

I finished When We Were Vikings by Andrew David Macdonald yesterday and it was such a surprising read. If I hadn’t been sent a review copy by the publisher, I’m not sure if I would ever have picked this up. But I’m so glad I did.

When We Were Vikings is told from the perspective of Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast. She lives with her older brother Gert and likes running her life by rules and order. Apart from Vikings and Gert, she loves her boyfriend Marxy and her brother’s ex-girlfriend Annie, who she calls AK47. Zelda lives life wholeheartedly with high functioning Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Continue reading

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman Review

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill book review
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman, ISBN 9781472266217, 332pp

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman was another recent summer read. Nina has a well-organised life: a job in a bookstore, an excellent trivia team and a cat named Phil. As the only daughter of an often absent mother, she is used to her own company. But when the father she never knew about dies and leaves her something in his will, suddenly she has a new family. She is left with half-sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews. Which means she’ll have to speak to strangers! Continue reading

My Favourite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren Review

My Favourite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren review
My Favourite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren, ISBN 9780349422732, 371pp

I’m starting to lose count of how many Christina Lauren books I’ve read. The number of books is getting high! I only discovered this writing duo a year ago and they have now become automatic-buy authors to me. For Christmas I asked my hubby to buy me one of their backlist titles – My Favourite Half-Night Stand. And once again, Christina Lauren didn’t disappoint. Continue reading

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Review

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood review
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, ISBN 978178742324, 419pp

I finally got around to reading The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I read this soon after my reread of The Handmaid’s Tale so the world of Gilead was still fresh in my mind. The Testaments is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale and unfortunately it doesn’t include much detail about what happened to Offred.

It’s definitely a different kind of story to The Handmaid’s Tale. Much more commercial and action-driven. Gilead is still a big, bad place, but not as scary as when viewed from Offred’s point-of-view. Continue reading

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Review

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Review
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, ISBN 9780099511663, 324pp

I recently did a reread of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I read this many years ago and had pretty much forgotten everything. But the TV series was fresh in my memory. I wanted to do a reread before moving on to the sequel The Testaments. I was once again blown away by this powerful book. It’s a book with themes that are scary because they are so plausible. Continue reading

Sanditon by Jane Austen Review

Sanditon by Jane Austen book review
Sanditon by Jane Austen, Penguin English Library edition, ISBN 97802414333713, 196pp

Reading Sanditon by Jane Austen sent me off on a week long reading and viewing journey. Firstly, Sanditon is only 12 chapters long (Austen died before finishing this book) which was not long enough for me. I loved what I read and I wanted more!

In 12 chapters a whole host of characters are introduced and already the book sparkled with Austen’s wit. At the heart of the book is Charlotte Heywood – a young woman who lives in a tiny country town with her many brothers and sisters. One day a gentleman and his wife, the Parkers, suffer a carriage mishap and the Heywoods take them in. Continue reading

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren Review

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren Review
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren, ISBN 9781501197420, 355pp

Twice in a Blue Moon is the latest book from Christina Lauren. Last year I went on a Christina Lauren reading frenzy and read The Unhoneymooners, Roomies, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Dating You Hating You and Love and Other Words. So, I was excited to get my hands on Twice in a Blue Moon to continue the Christina Lauren lovefest.

Twice in a Blue Moon tells the story of Sam and Tate. They fall for each other as teenagers staying at the same hotel when on holiday in London. Tate is the daughter of one of the world’s biggest movie stars. But she and her mum have been in hiding in a small town for years. She no longer sees her famous dad. On holiday with her grandma in London, Tate opens up to Sam (who is also on holiday with his adoptive grandpa), they fall in love and she reveals her big secret. But then Sam betrays her for reasons that she never finds out and shatters Tate’s heart. Continue reading

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black Review

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black review
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, ISBN 9781471408502, 308pp

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black is the third and final book in a YA fantasy series. I’ve been eagerly waiting to read this and devoured it within 24 hours of buying it. Because it’s the third book in a series, I’m going to do my best to write a non-spoiler review. If you’re keen to try this series for yourself start with The Cruel Prince and then The Wicked King. Continue reading