The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt cover

[color-box]The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Little, Brown (22 Oct 2013), Hardback: 771 pages, Contemporary Fiction Goodreads • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] Already esteemed as a modern classic, I had some pretty high expectations when beginning the hefty read of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. Fortunately, it didn’t disappoint, telling the tale of lonely thirteen-year-old boy, Theodore Decker, chronicling the significant moments in his life. It begins with Theo having been suspended from school, with his mother having taken a day off work to take him to a meeting with…

with love at christmas carole matthews

[color-box]With Love at Christmas by Carole Matthews Sphere (Aug 2012), Paperback: 432 pages, Contemporary Fiction Website • Goodreads • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] With Love At Christmas is perhaps not the normal type of book I would read. It sits really in the chick-lit genre which I tend to avoid, I actually thought about abandoning it a little way in. I’m really glad to say I’m pleased that I didn’t. There were times I felt immense frustration with the characters, and there were some predictable elements, but all…

snow-child

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey Headline Review (Aug 2012) | Paperback, 438 pages Contemporary Fiction The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is a book I’ve been excited to read for a very long time, and I wish I’d had the chance to read it sooner. Set in 1920s Alaska, the book tells the story of middle-aged couple Jack and Mabel who left their city home in pursuit of an isolated farming life. Needless to say Alaska is not all they’d imagined, and from the opening we begin to see how it’s…

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling cover

THE CASUAL VACANCY by J.K. Rowling PUBLISHER: Little Brown RELEASE DATE: 27th Sept 2012 FORMAT: Hardback, 503 pages GENRE: Thriller, Realist When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first…

Julia Hoban - Willow

Title: Willow Author: Julia Hoban Publisher: Dial Books PublicationDate: April 2009 Hardback: 336 pages Genre: Contemporary Fiction Young Adult REVIEWED BY LAURA RATING: 7/10 SYNOPSIS BACK COVER: Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy —one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an…

Lauren Oliver - Before I Fall

Title: Before I Fall Author: Lauren Oliver Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (UK) | HarperCollins (US) PublicationDate: 4 Mar 2010 Paperback: 352 pages Genre: Contemporary fiction Young Adult Source: Review Copy Reviewed by: Laura RATING: 7/10 BACK COVER SUMMARY: They say that when you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me 

Sam Kingston is dead. Except she isn’t.

On a rainy February night, eighteen-year-old Sam is killed in a horrific car crash. But then the impossible happens: she wakes up in her own…

Title: Angels of Destruction Author: Keith Donohue Publisher: Jonathan Cape Publication Date: 2nd July 2009 Paperpack: 347 pages Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Fantasy Source: Review Copy Reviewed by: Carolyn RATING: 7/10 AMAZON SUMMARY: “Angels of Destruction” is the mesmerising story of Norah, a nine-year-old girl who seems to materialize out of thin air when she arrives one bitterly cold night on the doorstep of Margaret Quinn. A widow who lives alone, Margaret has never got over the loss of her own child, a runaway named Erica who fled with her high school…

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