Review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

broken monstersLauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls was a game-changing take on the serial killer genre. Beukes’ uncanny ability to seamlessy meld traditional crime fiction with jarring supernatural elements delivered scares in all the right places. While the author continues the trend in Broken Monsters however, the comparisons to its predecessor are kept to a minimum. This is no Shining Girls 2.

In a decaying…

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Blog Awards Update!

Blog awards update!

blog_buttons_FINALISTMwah! Finalists for Blog Awards Ireland 2014 have been announced and I’m nominated for not one but two awards – Best Arts And Culture Blog and Best Blog also. This is a huge surprise for me I never even expected to get this far.

Once again sincere thanks so much to anyone who judged and to all the authors and publishers who help keep this blog afloat with their brilliant work and good company and…

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Book Review: The Fourth Sage by Stefan Bolz

Review: Stefan Bolz’s The Fourth Sage

In a Bolz_FOURTH_SAGE_AudioEdition2world becoming oversaturated with dystopian YA tales all vying for the hard-earned money of beleaguered parents and desperate to grab the attention of movie producers to become the Next Big Thing, it’s easy to become cynical about the genre. It’s become tired and formulaic and other than a few mainstream successes like The Hunger Games and Divergent (which quite frankly to me were tired and…

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Blog Awards Ireland Update – Shortlisted!

Good news! The 2014 shortlist for Best Arts & Culture Blog  has been released and I’m on it!

Blog Awards Ireland Update – Shortlisted!

Good news! The 2014 shortlist for Best Arts & Culture Blog  has been released and I’m on it!

Review Submission Guidelines

Like your book reviewed? Getting a lot of requests lately so here are some submission guidelines!

I’ve been receiving a lot of correspondence recently regarding review requests so I thought it best to clarify a few things to save everybody time and effort when considering submitting them.

A few points about the blog:

  • I don’t consider myself a critic. I read books that interest me and if I like them I share my thoughts on here. If you disagree with what I have to say about them  that’s fine,…

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Blog Awards Ireland 2014 Nominations - Thank You!

Delighted and humbled to announce that I’ve been nominated for not one but two awards for Best Arts & Culture and Best Newcomer in Blog Awards Ireland 2014!

Blog Awards Ireland 2014 Nominations - Thank You!

Delighted and humbled to announce that I’ve been nominated for not one but two awards for Best Arts & Culture and Best Newcomer in Blog Awards Ireland 2014!

Book Review: Eleanor by Jason Gurley

One of the best novels you’ll read this year. Book Review: Eleanor by @JGurley #fridayreads

Gurley_EleanorTragedy has a profound effect on any family. A decision made by a family member in the past reverberates throughout time, reshaping possibilities, closing doors that should have been left open and opening ones that should have never even existed. A young girl, struggling with these consequences, finds herself torn from reality by strange forces that will affect her life forever.

A mesmerising mix…

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Book Review: The Dimension Scales and Other Stories by Garry Abbott

Book Review: The Dimension Scales and Other Stories by @Garry_Abbott

SCALEI seem to be getting a hell of a lot of short story compilations sent to me these days. This can only be a good thing, especially for new authors who want to test the waters and show their wares to an ever-expanding ebook audience. Where the collection is by one author alone however, the stakes are raised slightly. Part of the attraction of short story anthologies to many readers is the variation…

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Book Review: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.

I’m aware I’m a tad tardy to the party on this one but here goes! The growing trend in horror fiction these days seem to be the evolution of “The Big Bad.” Authors try to outdo each other with over-constructed monsters, demons and sundry psychopaths in a bid to grab the attention of readers nowadays left yawning at the mere mention of anything as trivial as a mere vampire or werewolf.

Book Review: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.

I’m aware I’m a tad tardy to the party on this one but here goes! The growing trend in horror fiction these days seem to be the evolution of “The Big Bad.” Authors try to outdo each other with over-constructed monsters, demons and sundry psychopaths in a bid to grab the attention of readers nowadays left yawning at the mere mention of anything as trivial as a mere vampire or werewolf.

Book Review: World Of Trouble (The Last Policeman Book III) by Ben H. Winters

WorldOfTrouble_FinalI feel for authors writing the final part of a trilogy. It must be hell. You’ve put all that work in, ensnared all those readers, built up their expectations. They’re expecting something big. You don’t want to mess up.

It helps of course, when you’ve already got one of the most interesting and endearing detectives since Sherlock Holmes to play around with. Enter Henry “Hank” Palace, for the final…

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