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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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“Epic” – Can This Dystopian Novel Possibly Live Up To It’s Title?

Book Review : Epic by Conor Kostick Spoiler Alert! Generations ago, violence was banned on New Earth. Society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. Everyone plays. If you win, you have … Continue reading

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