A Review of: HeartStopper Vol 1

Initially an online webcomic on sites like Tapas, HeartStopper has a vast online fanbase of over 50 million views, not counting the numerous new fans who are relishing in the new Netflix adaptation of the series, all from the power of crowdfunding. I will write up individual posts for each volume, so stay tuned for Vols 2 -4! There are spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t read the books, go away and do so before coming back. efr

Here we shall see two stories, one of unrequited love and the other of hard work and determination, so let’s dig in!

Rating: 10 out of 10.
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A Review of: The Big Power of Tiny Connections; How Small Interactions Spark Awesome Outcomes

This is my very first review of a non-fiction piece of work that focuses on self-help, specifically: empowering oneself and making positive connections in their work as well as in daily life. I received a free audiobook for review, so please, take a seat as we delve into the nuances of this interesting book. Written by Jen Nash, a trained public speaker and professional specialising in life coaching and consultancy for companies and published by Big Shift Press in July 2022.

Rating: 8 out of 10.
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Review of The Enigma Factor; Book 1

Rating: 9 out of 10.

The Enigma Factor is a compelling and mysterious Sci-Fi novel, co-authored by award-winning authors: Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey who between them have created a unique take on the world of tech. I received a copy of the audiobook for free, so I will be reviewing this work based on the audio quality and the way the book is communicated as well as the content of the story.

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A Review of: Suspension – A Novel

Rating: 9 out of 10.

***Potential Trigger Warning – discussion of death and suicide***

Suspension is a modern fantasy novel that indulges in a magical, yet ghostly storyline that I would imagine many readers would enjoy. Fresh off the press as of the 30th June 2022 and written by Andrea Faye Christians, a new author on the scene, this novel is her literary debut that explores the unknown mysteries that death holds. Having fascinated people across the globe for centuries, death is still a completely unknown adventure, which Christians creates in this well-written contemporary fantasy.

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A Review of: Nothing but Blackened Teeth

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Nothing but Blackened Teeth is a horror novella with strong Japanese influence in the setting and history intertwined into the story. Published in Halloween 2021, this is the perfect book to release at the spookiest time of year. The author, Cassandra Khaw, expertly tells a tale of an effective horror that will spook you if you enjoy a good thrill. Beware, spoilers are ahead…

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A Review of: Spirit Sight, Last of the Gifted; Book One

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Spirit Sight is an epic fantasy novel in the series Last of the Gifted that was released in 2020 set in the medieval era in the heart of Wales in Britain. The author, Marie Powell, is a knowledgeable and passionate author, specialising in phonics books for children in early years and middle-grade. So the leap to Young Adult writing with such rich history is amazing, as she has done mountains of research for the story, surrounding how Wales might have been like at that time.

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Review of: Aces High, Jokers Wild Series; Books 1-3

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Firstly, I would like to begin this review with deep gratitude to the authors of this book series for letting me into their world and inviting me to listen to their audiobook collection of Aces High, Jokers Wild Books 1-3. Also, thanks for their patience in waiting for me to release this review and their interview, as it has waited a couple of months while I move house and begin renovations, as I wanted to be able to give as much time as I could to do this series justice! Now that things have come to some semblance of normalcy, let’s get on with another book review for this series.

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A Review of: Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen

Rating: 10 out of 10.

‘Clariel’ is written by Garth Nix and was published in 2014, being number 4 in the bestselling Old Kingdom Series. It surrounds the world of the Old Kingdom, focusing on a young girl who is coming of age: Clariel. She is the daughter of a highly respected Goldsmith family in the city Belisaere, which is situated north east of the Old Kingdom surrounded by the Sea of Saere. It is clear from the onset, that Clariel has one main ambition in life: to become a Borderer and live in the Great Forest, not having to interact with people and living life the way she wants to. However, her mother will not allow it. A nice touch to the opening of the book is a map from a birds-eye view of Belisaere and The Old Kingdom, to help readers imagine the location in their mind as well as beautiful artwork on the front cover.

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