REVIEW: A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab

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DSC_0650There was a time when there were four London’s: Red London, White London, Grey London and Black London. They could be moved through freely by people and magic, but then Black London fell and the doors between world’s and cities were closed. Only the Antari may move between these parallel universes now, and Kell is one of the last. Continue reading “REVIEW: A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab”

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REVIEWS: All That Man Is by David Szalay

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Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2016, All That Man Is is a novel that surprisingly lends itself to the short story form. Instead of chapters there are nine sections that follow the lives of nine separate men, starting with young teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, travelling abroad for the first time and ending with a retired man, recovering from a serious operation. In a way that novel comes full circle, starting with Simon and Ferdinand’s inter-railing experience, and ending with Simon’s grandfather, anxious and alone. Continue reading “REVIEWS: All That Man Is by David Szalay”

REVIEW: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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DSC_0685Griff and I have a lot in common. We both have a mild Harry Potter obsession; Ron is our favourite member of the heroic trio and we’re both affected by Cedric Diggory’s death more than we think we should be. We also spend a lot of time in our heads, and we both compulsively count. Like Griff, I rely on counting to ease my anxiety. Even numbers are my friends, but I’m not a fan of multiples of six. I avoid the number six as much as I can. The only odd numbers I like are multiples of five and I will sometimes do things more times than I need to if it means getting to a number I feel happy with. That can be small things like switching off a light or shutting a door, but those small things, those habits we allow to build, they can grow into something far less manageable and that is what threatens to happen in History is All You Left Me when Griff’s ex-boyfriend and best friend, Theo, dies unexpectedly. Continue reading “REVIEW: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera”