The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

A quick rundown… This is the story of Achilles as a youth and in the Trojan War, told from the eyes of Patroclus. Strengths: Easy to read, I learnt something about the Greek mythology. Weaknesses: Some parts were a little drawn out and lost momentum. Why I read it: Given to me for review by... Continue Reading →

Atonement by Ian McEwan

A quick rundown… A young girl's statement changes things for the rest of her family forever. How can she atone for her sin? Strengths: The different types of writing in each part, the raw desolation of the war. Weaknesses: The ending makes you want to immediately flip back to the front and start again. Why... Continue Reading →

Coventry by Helen Humphreys

In a nutshell… The story of two women the night Coventry was bombed during World War II. Strengths: Conveys emotion of that night well, excellent prose. Weaknesses: Too short! Why I read it: Sounded interesting Pages: 177 Published: 2009 Publisher: Harper Collins Canada Setting: Coventry, England Rating: 9 out of 10 If you liked this,... Continue Reading →

The Siege by Helen Dunmore

I came to read The Siege in rather a roundabout way. I bought the sequel, The Betrayal, at Singapore’s Changi airport with my last Singaporean dollars due to its interesting cover and its Stalinist Russia setting. Settling in to read this book at home the next day, my first thought was ‘Uh-oh! Sequel!’ Thanks to... Continue Reading →

Blossoms and Shadows by Lian Hearn

Ugh. I don’t really know how to say this eloquently but here it is: this book sucked. Dreadfully. It had so much promise – Japan, historical fiction, a strong female character, a beautiful cover…and yet I had to force myself to read it. It was boring, I couldn’t keep track of the characters and it... Continue Reading →

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