Book Review: Seven Sides of Self

“Perhaps mankind will learn something about itself by studying Aurillia. Maybe looking in this extraterrestrial mirror will show the stupidity of the artificial boundaries mankind has erected throughout the fibre of its societies.” Recently published and written by former scientist-turned-artist Nancy Joie Wilkie, Seven Sides of Self is Wilkie’s first collection of short stories which […]

Book Review: The Goldfinch

“A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are.” Written by Donna Tartt and published in 2013, The Goldfinch is […]

Book Review: The Haunting of Hill House

“Am I walking toward something I should be running away from?” First published in 1959, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson tells the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a haunting; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; […]

Book Review: The Innocent Man

“This is not a problem peculiar to Oklahoma, far from it. Wrongful convictions occur every month in every state in this country, and the reasons are all varied and all the same—bad police work, junk science, faulty eyewitness identifications, bad defence lawyers, lazy prosecutors, arrogant prosecutors.” Written by John Grisham, The Innocent Man: Murder and […]

Book Review: Broken (Will Trent #4)

“Never underestimate the power of a shared history.” The seventh book in the Grant County series and fourth book in the Will Trent series by author Karin Slaughter, Broken, which was originally released in 2010, follows the investigations of detective Lena Adams and her often drunk boss, interim Chief of Police Frank Wallace, after the […]

Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go

“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.” Written by Patrick Ness and originally published in 2008, The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book in the Chaos Walking young adult trilogy. Set in the near future, the story follows 12-year-old Todd Hewitt, the only […]

Book Review: Peter Green And The Unliving Academy

Written by Angelina Allsop, Peter Green And The Unliving Academy follows a 14-year-old boy who can’t remember how he died. All he has are his pyjamas, a silk tie, and a one-way bus ticket to Mrs Battisworth’s Academy and Haven for Unliving Boys and Girls, a strange and spooky school for dead orphans like himself. […]