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Samantha Cook
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Freelance editor and aspiring author, fighting the slushpile with side interests of Psychology and Kung Fu.
Freelance editor and aspiring author, fighting the slushpile with side interests of Psychology and Kung Fu.

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Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky 4 stars Verdict: Very 'readable'. It's my favourite type of narrator, the naive in a broken world. Charlie (if that is in fact his real name) watches, listens, and both understands more than others as well ...

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Book Review: Ruin and Rising
RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo 2 stars Verdict: Didn't really enjoy it. The author has all the signs of an awesome writer, but I just didn't think it was an awesome book. There’s a fantastic twist which links all three books together, and while it was ama...

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Book review: King's Cage
KING'S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #3) 4 Stars Verdict : Good but long. Or at least it felt very long to me. I almost tapped out at book two. If I'm honest, my main complaint of book 2 – that it’s overwritten – still holds true for this book, except...

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Book Review: Siege and Storm
SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo 3 Stars Verdict: Starting to lose interest As much as I wanted to love this series, this felt like a second book to me in every way. Battles are lost, relationships are sunk and mended, but none of the events were particular...

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Book Review: Ink and Bone
INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine 5 Stars Verdict: For the love of books I found this a slow burner, but once it got going I absolutely adored it. Set in the Great Library of Alexandria, this book offers a historic fantasy feel as well as speculative fiction vib...

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V. E. Schwab 5 Stars Verdict: Slow to start, totally worth it Kell is a blood magician who can travel between the four worlds, each with a different affinity for magic but sharing the anomaly of the name 'London'. When Kell finds ...

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Book Review: Homecoming
HOMECOMING (The 100 #3) by Kass Morgan 3 Stars Verdict:  Not much to say. The dropships have landed, and now the colonists are being led by the old Vice Chancellor, who I pictured as Governor Ratcliff from Pocahontas. He’s pretty thick, arrogant, with not e...

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Book Review: Day 21
DAY 21 (The 100 #2) by Kass Morgan 3 Stars Verdict:  It's okay. Oops, I forgot to write a proper review for this one when I read it last December, so this might be a bit short. In truth, I read it quickly and moved on. Nothing really stood out, good or bad,...

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Book Review: The Sun Is Also A Star
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon 5 Stars Verdict: Loved it! This story is about one momentous day. It’s Natasha last day to stop her deportation back to Jamaica, the place she was born but feels little connection to. It’s also Daniel’s day to shine in ...

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Book Review: Gambit
GAMBIT by C. L. Denault 3 Stars Verdict: An unexpected romance novel It started out strong, with lifelike characters and a rich, warm setting for the tale of the lost heir with genetically amazing powers. It felt a lot like Red Queen in a good way, with eno...
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