Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Rae Carson *****

It’s no secret that I love the film (whether outside of the SW universe or otherwise). Reading this was like watching the film, plus knowing the thoughts of the characters, watching additional scenes, and knowing just that little bit more the stuff that makes this universe so special. Rae Carson did a spectacular, mesmerising job…

Q&A – Vikas Swarup ****

Another incredible book – and one that I definitely waited too long to finish. A beautifully written narrative of harrowing events that are intricately tied together in a way that the author intimately knows. This is definitely much darker than I remember the movie being, but in a way that makes it extraordinarily powerful. The…

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride ****

This book is short, but certainly not sweet. McBride deals with the disjointed psyche of her narrator through fragmented sentences, which can at times be confusing. But the art of this piece of writing comes in the form, if you get make the effort to get along with it for the ride. The novel takes…

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia – Mohsin Hamid ****

Completely intoxicating and totally unexpected. This novel takes on the second-person address, meaning that Hamid (the writer) is always talking to You. But not just You the reader, You the protagonist. In reading this book, you become the protagonist – though not in a generic along-for-the-story way. You live and breathe in the world of…

The Circle – Dave Eggers *****

Wow. Yeah, okay. Utterly horrifying in all the best ways. Disturbing, morbidly fascinating, and just a little bit too close to reality. Reading this book was uncomfortable (in a good way), from the way the characters beghave towards each other, and the way in which the company (The Circle) is monetizing and exposing privacy to…

Spindle Fire – Lexa Hillyer ***

Really actually very beautifully written. I love the concept, the characters, the vague retention of the original tale of Sleeping Beauty. It’s clear that Hillyer is a poet because her language and her way of writing is so lyrical. However, as any literature critic knows, lyricism takes away from plot. In reading this, I don’t…

Damsel – Elana K Arnold *****

Utterly bewitching. I don’t know what I expected from this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. This will consistently be one of my highest recommendations ever; Arnold writes beautifully, so that this tale is pretty and visual, despite it being so equally disturbing in concept and nature. It was one of those books…

Winter – Marissa Meyer ****

I finished this book in the early hours of this morning, and it was… huge. That is the only reason why it has 4 stars instead of 5. It took me a long time to read because I think I was intimidated by the 800+ pages of content. However, just as the other books prior…

Cress – Marissa Meyer *****

Somehow, impossibly, these books just keep getting better. The inclusion of Cress, our Rapunzel conduit, was so fascinating, especially given just how much goes wrong throughout this novel. Much like the previous novels in the series, this book was addictive, tense, fun, and imaginitive, taking place in many different and interesting locations.

Scarlet – Marissa Meyer *****

Much like Cinder, this book was utterly addictive – actually, more so than Cinder. Because characters were already established, this world expands from the character of Cinder, and it grows to more people that I found myself caring about. Often secondary characters are pushed to the sidelines for the major plotline, but Meyer writes this…