Tag Archives: first novels

The Gray House – Is The House Sentient?

Book Review : The Gray House By Mariam Petrosyan Spoiler Alert! Summary The Gray House is an astounding tale of how what others understand as liabilities can be leveraged into strengths. Bound to wheelchairs and dependent on prosthetic limbs, the physically disabled … Continue reading

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell -What Would It Be Like If England Had Magic?

Book Review : Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell By Susanna Clarke Spoiler Alert! Summary Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me… The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long … Continue reading

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Shadow and Bone – An Intriguing Setting

Book Review : Shadow and Bone The Grisha #1 By Leigh Bardugo Spoiler Alert! Summary Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters … Continue reading

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Prophecy – What Makes This Book A Standout?

Book Review : Prophecy The Dragon King Chronicles #1 By Ellen Oh Spoiler Alert! Summary Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home … Continue reading

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“I Shall Be Near To You” – Women In The Civil War?

Book Review: I Shall Be Near To You By Erin Lindsay McCabe Spoiler Alert!   Summary An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, … Continue reading

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“The Thirteenth Tale” – Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield Spoiler Alert! Here are a couple of book covers to get a flavor for the story though we are taught not to judge a book by it’s cover. Summary Biographer Margaret Lea … Continue reading

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“Across the Universe” – Does Space Offer a New Frontier For the YA Dystopian Novel?

Book Review : Across the Universe by Beth Revis Spoiler Alert! Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could … Continue reading

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