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How Lucky by Will Leitch

A novel reminiscent, in some ways, of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”. Diagnosed as a child with spinal muscular atrophy much of the book is preoccupied with the effects this has and continues to have on the protagonist’s life. This was also the aspect I enjoyed the most. Though, overall, a…

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Hooked by Emily McIntire

Touted as a modern-day “Peter Pan”-flavoured dark romance. Definitely not a retelling, more an AU take. The writing was fair but I didn’t enjoy the overly simplistic characterisations. I found the violence tediously cartoonish, the plot paper-thin, the characters bland and the twist not only telegraphed but semaphored, phoned and texted at me. Unrealistically beautiful…

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A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Kathryn Moon

Not the book I expected. Thought I was getting a victorian historical novel, turns out it’s actually a monster fucker porn-with-very-little-plot book. This will teach me to actually read dedications and blurb. The writing was fine and it was a quick read. However, I did not like the protagonist, a hyper-sexual “pick me girl”, who…

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Whalefall by Daniel Kraus

This short novel, described as a scientifically accurate thriller about a scuba diver swallowed by a sperm whale, was not for me. It seemed to be chapter after chapter of either repetitive daddy issues, long-winded descriptions of diving and diving equipment, or tedious descriptions of escape attempts. The writing was marred by flourishes clearly meant…

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