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Walter Tevis: The Queen's Gambit 4 stars

Beth Harmon, an orphan by eight years old, is unremarkable. She is plain and she …

Review of "The Queen's Gambit" on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This book is remarkable.

The depth is profound, I am not a chess play and understand little of the game yet I was completely gripped by every chess game in the book. It is truly beautiful.

Cecilia Rabess: Everything's Fine (2023, Simon & Schuster) 3 stars

Review of "Everything's Fine" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I have really mixed feelings on this book.
There were parts of the book I hated - and actions/words/behaviours from characters (Josh) which really made me angry. I do think this was intentional and I like the idea that people aren’t all bad - often nuance is referred to from Josh to Jess, and I feel with that in mind it is an invite for readers to gaze into the areas of nuance.

I did find elements of the book heartbreaking like Jess’s relationship with her dad.

Over all it is easy to read but a journey on which you become quickly angry and frustrated by characters.

Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone: This Is How You Lose the Time War (Hardcover, 2019, Simon and Schuster) 4 stars

Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange …

Review of 'This Is How You Lose the Time War' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This book is beautiful. The POV through lyrical poetical letters was very clever - I felt as though I was implicated by reading the letters. I absolutely loved it - nothing like anything I’ve read before.

Cecile Pin: Wandering Souls (2023, Holt & Company, Henry) 5 stars

After the last American troops leave Vietnam, siblings Anh, Minh, and Thanh journey to Hong …

Review of 'Wandering Souls' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is book is beautifully written and explores the lives of displaced people. I felt the nostalgia, longing and the pain with every word.

Truly breathtaking - what a powerful debut.

reviewed House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (Crescent City, #1)

Sarah J. Maas: House of Earth and Blood (Hardcover, 2020, Bloomsbury Publishing) 4 stars

Bound by blood. Tempted by desire. Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working …

Review of 'House of Earth and Blood' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

So many people complain that the first 400 pages of this book are info dumping but I loved it.
It was great World building and I felt like I knew the depth of the characters, this is possibly my favourite Maas book so far on the multiverse journey