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Revewi: This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark Endeavour turned out to be delightfully chilling, with Oppel providing a real insight into what could have caused Frankenstein to act as he does in Shelley’s classic. I was, I confess, slightly wary about reading this—prequels, if well... Continue Reading →


Review: Red Rain by Ricky Pine

I first read this *gasp* on Wattpad (a dark period of my life, don't ask (so much bad fan fiction (I'm permanently traumatised))) and it was one of the few works which I truly loved. This, found on Swoon Reads... Continue Reading →

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

How can you describe perfection? Or—more to the point—how can you describe a fantasy so firmly rooted in reality that it feels real? Because that is the very definition of The Night Circus. Morgenstern has created a darkly delightful mystical... Continue Reading →

Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Lately I've been reading an awful lot of dystopian fiction, and something that always astounds me is how they're all so different. Land is about global warming and the oceans rising; 1984 is about a society with no secrets; Uglies... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Speed of the Dark by Alex Shearer

I’ve got to admit that this was chilling. I’ve used that to describe several books in the past, but honestly it’s the only way I can think of to describe this masterpiece. The Speed of the Dark was altogether unexpected, but I loved it. The gripping story of unrequited love turned sinister was woven through the streets and squares of somewhere which I am 99% certain was Bath (although I can’t be sure as Shearer would appear to have made a point of never mentioning its’ name) and the idea of something so unnerving happening so close to home gave it an unsettling layer of reality.

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