The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden ★★★★

The Bear and the Nightingale is a magical tale set in medieval times, that is based off Russian fairy tales. The novel tells the story of protagonist Vasilisa, who unlike the rets of her family can see, and interacts with, the household spirits. When her father remarries a stern, city-bred and devoutly religious stepmother, who … Continue reading The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden ★★★★

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien ★★★★

I have always been keen to read something by Tolkien and finally thought it was about time. I had heard that The Hobbit was a great place to start with Tolkien's work and it certainly was; this novel gives an introduction to the magical world of Middle-earth and in it we meet Bilbo Baggins the … Continue reading The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien ★★★★

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness ★★★★

The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book in a dystopian, young adult trilogy, centring around protagonist Todd. It is extremely fast-paced and gritty, while also dealing with important social issues. In Prentisstown, a town full of men, everyone can hear each other’s thoughts. This constant ‘Noise’ was caused by a virus released … Continue reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness ★★★★