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Book Review: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J Maas

The first short story in the novella “The Assassin’s Blade”, a prequel novella to the Throne of Glass series. 

Pages: 77

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

A Throne of Glass novella.

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.

My thoughts:

For me, this was the start of something amazing. I love the Throne of Glass books, and Celaena and Sam are two of my favourite characters, ever. I have read this novella 3 times (I think, maybe 4), and I never tire of Sam and Celaena’s scenes. Their banter is the stuff of life, even though I know what happens in the last novella, I still think Sam is her equal in every way. 

It’s funny, re reading a first novella after reading all other books in this series (I’m re reading them in anticipation for Tower of Dawn, I can’t believe it’s less than a month away!) and knowing what happens in each book. 

One of my favourite things in this book, aside from Sam and Celaena’s scenes, is the dramatic irony of Celaena freeing the slaves that Arobbyn (I loathe him) sent her and Sam to deal with. The co-conspirator in this slave game is one Pirate Lord, Rolfe (where we get the title). I never actually cared for Rolfe to be honest, I found him a callous, arrogant guy, and even though I enjoy pirate type stories (and I guess Rolfe is a bit above your typical pirate), I didn’t like his selfishness in regards to the slaves. 

What I did love also was Celaena’s sass and bravery! She’s 16 and an assassin who literally, even though she and Sam kill people for a living, (slight spoiler ahead) she chooses not to agree with the slave bargain and does her darndest to fight for their freedom. There’s lots of wit in her narration, I love the audacity of everything in this novella, and that there’s definitely early hints of her chemistry with Sam.

Definitely one of my favourite novellas in this collection, and I’m excited to read the rest once more. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading.

Brooklyn. 🙂

Kilby Blades Blog Tour Week 2: Chrysalis


Chrysalis Blurb
We both know what this is, even if we’ve never said it. I was so close to telling her. Then my promotion came through. I thought we had more time. Time to choose one another willingly–not because my move to Sydney forced our hands. Not like this. 
I’m not proud of all the rules I broke, the half-truths I let her believe. I did what every guy who likes a girl does: showed her the best parts of me out of desperation to get her to like me back. Fixing things between us now isn’t about overcoming the distance—it’s about overcoming the lies. I’ve hidden more than she has. And there are things she wants to know. She was right about me all along.
NOW IT’S MICHAEL’S TURN…

Chrysalis rips open a new chapter in the romance genre, presenting complex characters, intense attraction, complicated choices and modern love for the real world. It is for anyone who struggles with competing priorities and demands on their time, but who wants to believe in love. It is told from Michael’s point of view and its prequel, Snapdragon (Book One in the Love Conquers None duet), is told from Darby’s perspective.
CHAPTER 3 EXCERPT: ANGER MANAGEMENT
“Randy.” 
I hear the guilt in my voice as I say my friend’s name. He’s been trying to get a hold of me for weeks. He knows how busy I get, but this is the first time I’ve been so slow to respond.

“You’re alive! I was starting to worry.” 

“I know. I’m sorry. Things have been nuts. I should’ve at least texted.”

“Cringer was ready to put out an APB,” he says, speaking about his ten-year-old tabby cat who was named for He-Man’s shapeshifting battle cat in Masters of the Universe. Randy lives, eats and breathes comic books. 

“What are you doing up? It’s, what, 6AM there?”

“Early flight,” he explains. “Sac Comic-Con is this weekend. Seems like you’ve got quite a fan base in Northern California.”

Getting up from the sofa where I was having my dinner, I walk into my office and fire up my Mac. A nudge on my mouse causes the huge screen to light up and it doesn’t take me long to navigate to my Andrew Dufrain e-mail. It’s the account Randy uses to send me stuff about my book.

“I’m weeks behind,” I admit. A quick scan of seventy unopened messages shows that at least ten are from Randy. I’ve ignored this account for so long that I have a backlog of fan mail, too.

“You’re losing your edge, kid,” he says. “What kind of hack can’t juggle a high-powered job, a non-profit, a bestselling graphic novel series and a hot-as-Violet girlfriend?”

I can’t even bring myself to tell him to shut the hell up and quit ribbing me about comparing Darby to Violet. The second he met Darby, he knew. 

“Me, apparently…” I mutter, sweeping my hand over my face. And I do feel like a failure. I hate the feeling of letting people down.

I know he’s just giving me shit—trying to get me to quit being such an overachiever just like he’s been doing for the better part of twenty years. But he’s more right than he’s ever been. I have too many balls in the air and, one by one, they’re starting to drop. 

“Think we should delay the launch?”

“No,” I say reflexively. “We’re already pushing a year since The Architect came out.”

“Yeah, you’re right. Your asshole publisher will probably drop you if you don’t deliver on time.”

The asshole publisher Randy is referring to is none other than himself.

“You know I work best under pressure. Nothing would ever get done if I didn’t have a deadline.”

“You have a deadline now, and nothing’s getting done,” he points out. “If I had to decide whether to spend my time with a fake girl and a real girl, I’d make the same choice.”

“Yeah, well, that’s no longer an issue. The real girl is 10,000 miles away.”

There’s no point in concealing the misery from my voice.

“How’d she take it?”

“I don’t know. I haven’t talked to her.”

I don’t say that I’m starting to worry. She’s texted me, but it’s not the same thing. I’ve been resisting the urge to call her all day.

“Why the hell not?”

“It’s only been four days.”

“Have you learned nothing from my life?”

“I know, I know. Clarine. The only woman you ever loved. The one you let get away.”

I still remember the day Randy had gotten the invitation to her wedding. I’d been about thirteen. It was the only time I’d ever seen him cry.

“I still see her at Cons sometimes,” Randy mutters, and now it’s his turn to sound miserable. “The first thing I look at is her left hand. Every time, that ring is still there. I put it there. Because I was the idiot who was so busy building a future for us that I didn’t remember to make sure there would be an us to enjoy it. At least I needed the money. What the hell is your excuse?”

I swivel around in my chair. I’m not looking at the monitor anymore anyway. Instead, I look down at the city. 

“It’s not the money.”

“Then what is it? Any idiot can see you two are in love. Why did you take a promotion you don’t need?”

“You know what we agreed to.” 

“Yet, you fell in love with her.”

“Yes.”

“And she fell in love with you.”

“I think so.”

“And your clean, no-strings-attached breakup is messy as hell.”

I don’t gratify his sarcasm with a response.

“Sometimes it’s hard to believe you have an IQ of 142,” he says with a bit of reproach.

“Not helpful.”

But he ignores me.

“You should have gone with Plan A.”

Plan A had been half-baked, but I’d liked its simplicity, and the movie reference would have been apropos. I still would have done the thing with the flowers and presented her with the necklace. But I’d have told her it didn’t have to be over. From there, I’d have given her a choice.

I’d wanted it to be a nod to her favorite movie, Before Sunrise. In the movie, two strangers spend a single night walking the streets of Vienna together and fall a little bit in love. But they each have their own lives to get back to, and things to work out if they decide to be together. So they agree to meet again in the Vienna train station in exactly one year if they still want something more.

What I would have told Darby is that if she wanted a different ending for us, she could meet me in the Vienna train station, on Platform 7, just like in the movie. A year would have killed me, so I’d planned to give her three months. I would have told her that I would show up, because I already knew what I wanted—that part would have been true. I also would have told her that if she didn’t show I’d be okay—that part would have been a lie.

“Plan A is off the table. I’m focused on Plan B.”

“Plan A had a nice romanticism to it. You could still do it, you know.”

“Knowing about the transfer kills the sense of possibility. If she thought choosing me meant choosing a long distance relationship, she’d feel like I was already too far gone.”

“She already thinks you’re gone.”

“She knows I had to go. There’s a difference.”

“Which is…”

“I want her to know that me being called here is separate from what happens with us.”

“Yet instead of showing her a path for the two of you to be together, you left her in limbo.”

“No,” I say slowly. “I laid the first stone on the path. I killed an agreement that neither one of us was sticking to. One that can’t possibly work from 10,000 miles away.”

When Randy doesn’t fire back, I know he’s letting up a little. 

“So what does she think your status is?”

“Right now? Undefined.”

“Says the man who hates ambiguity.”

He’s right, of course. But I didn’t see any other way.

“In order for something better to live, the agreement had to die.”

CHAPTER 4 EXCERPT: IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER
When I walk back into my apartment that night, I’m exhausted. It’s only six-thirty, but I’m seriously considering crashing. I drop my bag on the floor next to the elevator, untuck my shirt and start to unbutton it as I make my way to my bedroom. Dropping my jacket and leaving it on my dressing bench instead of hanging it up makes me feel like a slob, but I’m that tired, and I feel kind of grimy and in the short distance between the elevator doors and my closet, I decide I want a bath. I turn on the spigot, rummage around for some epsom salts, and squeeze in a dropper-full of an oil I found in an apothecary in London that I am pretty sure was run by a witch. When the water is ready, I ease myself in slowly. I hope I don’t fall asleep in here.
I haven’t been in the tub for two minutes when I hear my phone chime. It’s the special tone I hear whenever Darby sends a text. But my phone is on the sink all the way across the room. I’m so warm and comfortable that if it were, literally, anyone else—even the twin sister I shared a womb with—I would let it go. But it’s Darby. So I pull myself out, walking gingerly—I don’t want to slip on the marble floor. 

When I look at the screen of my phone, my face breaks out into a grin. The picture she just sent me is totally worth it. It’s a close-up of her holding my book. She’s hugging it to her chest and the back cover faces the camera. Her eyes are cut off, and the picture shows her from her nose down. Her lips curve in a contented smile. She’s in her bed—I can see her sheets around her—and I realize it’s four o’clock in the morning in Chicago. After I slip back into the water, I swipe the screen so I can view the full picture. That’s when I see her text.

You’ve restored my faith in endings.

TRADE SUMMARY OF CHRYSALIS
Honoring the pact they made to let their careers come first, Michael and Darby end the casual sex part of their relationship when he lands his dream promotion in Sydney. Determined not to let their connection fade, he lays plans for a new kind of friendship. But he can’t get Darby out of his system. When he realizes the move was a mistake, he begins to maneuver the chess pieces that will let him reverse his decision.
But the distance is only half the problem. There are things about Michael that Darby doesn’t know, and he must find ways to reveal his authentic self from 10,000 miles away. Complicating matters are the re-emergence of Michael’s own estranged father, who suddenly wants back into Michael’s life, on top of a chilling revelation about Darby’s father, Frank Christensen. 

With more now at stake than merely winning Darby back, Michael must prepare to take down a powerful insider crime syndicate and decide what lengths he is willing to go to, to take back his beloved neighborhood on the South Side. Destroying Frank could mean endangering Darby, and Michael may have to choose between the two things he loves, all while facing the moral dilemma of how much vigilante justice to serve—after all, Frank is still Darby’s father.

Chrysalis Buy Links:
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Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Published: 2014

Pages: 292

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. 

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

My thoughts:

This was such a heartbreaking read, from the start. Lydia’s death sets the foundation for the novel and what follows is utterly remarkable and and something I won’t forget for a long time now. 

These characters, from the complex back story of Lydia’s parents; complex being a white American woman and a Chinese American (they fell in love at a time when interracial marriages were forbidden), therefore Marilyn’s mother was horrified at this and refused to acknowledge her daughter after that, purely because she disagreed with her daughter’s choice of a husband. 

The book jumps between past and present, after Lydia passes away, there’s her funeral and her beloved brother coming to terms with what happened to her, self blame (we learn why exactly as the story goes on), and the reaction of Nath’s (Lydia’sbrother) and their little sister, which was so sad as she seemed so fragile, so scared to put a foot wrong, my heart ached for her too. 

So as soon as I started this book and learnt of Lydia’s death, I was wondering “why?”, as in “why would she do this?” But as I read on things started to come together, and it was really heartbreaking to go into Lydia’s thoughts as we had a taste of what things were really like for her. 

SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD 

While their was a sad undertone throughout the book, the whole story was utterly heartbreaking as it reached its end, especially living Lydia’s last moments. I’m still unsure of what she was thinking, I mean, she knew she couldn’t swim, but I think everything had just hit her and she thought she couldn’t turn back. Part of me will believe that she was hopeful, though that could be a delusion on my part. 

Nonetheless I think this book should be compulsory reading for all and even though there weren’t many chapters at all, it felt like it was the perfect length. Read it and I dare you NOT to be moved. Definitely something I’ll be revisiting. I adore how Celeste Ng wrote so naturally, all her characters were flawed and brought out so many emotions in me, from anger to frustration to immense sadness. But in turn I think we all could learn something from this book, this is certainly a life affirming read.

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer


Charlotte Sometimes is a children’s novel which was published in 1969, by the English author Penelope Farmer. It was recommended to me by one of my work mates, and when I started reading it, I knew I was in for a unique reading experience. 
It’s initially set in a boarding school, we have various students and objects described to us in detail, it’s fantastic, I felt like I was there, everything was as new to me as it was to Charlotte; who finds when she wakes up, things are different again!
What I mean to say is, she’s travelled back in time, but we don’t know how or why! Was she sent back with a purpose? And who is this Clare character she can mysteriously communicate with? Even though her fellow students, who closely resemble her new friends at her original boarding school, are calling her Clare!
Sufficed it to say, this book was definitely refreshing in its characters and setting, but also it had a big historical inspiration, it’s a novel of the First World War. Pen
elope Farmer researched this well, to weave factual information not only about the war itself but the lifestyle people would’ve had, from the rations of food and drink to the fact that anyone, including fathers and brothers, would’ve met their fate in the war. 

The book surprisingly took a very emotive turn at the end, I found it really sad and bittersweet for various reasons, one being even though this book was short, I felt like each character in the past and present, definitely grew up fast and therefore were older than their years!
For the reasons above I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you for reading, until next time,

Brooklyn 🙂

Goodreads Monday

Hey guys, welcome to yet another Goodreads Monday, a weekly meme where one posts a book from the TBR and showcase it! 

Presenting today’s Goodreads Monday choice:


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor!

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
This has been on my TBR for some time now, actually the whole trilogy has! I’ve only heard the best things about it and I can’t wait to read it!

And that concludes this week’s Goodreads Monday! Happy reading, bookworms! 🙂 

Brooklyn 😀

Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


Published in 2013 by HarperCollins 

Rating: 5/5 stars

Book 2 in the Juliette Chronicles 

Pages: 461

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

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time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.
Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, so it’s been a while since I read book 1, but the events of Shatter Me stuck in my mind, so when I saw Unravel Me on the shelf on my library I couldn’t resist borrowing it and diving in.

Unlike book 1, Unravel Me started off with a bang! I instantly remembered where Book 1 ended and already I had my suspicions and was thinking what would happen next. 

This was absolutely action pack, starting with Juliette’s escape and then wondering could she finally find happiness with her love, Adam. 

And then a twist happens, which literally left me like:


Like honestly, I never could have seen that happen. Wow! And it’s this revelation that sets the wheels in motion for a non stop, action packed read. 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Juliette is honestly an amazing character, I felt so sorry for her from book 1 when we learnt what she caused; she can’t help who she is, she can’t help her destructive powers. Juliette is capable of earth shattering destruction, she doesn’t want to have the power to kill by touch, she hates her own skin. The book is told from her point of view and we absolutely feel for her throughout; I felt her torment and her narrative is full of angst. I love her character development from book 1 and she evolved all the more in this book, I can’t imagine what book 3 has in store for her. 

Kenji honestly made me laugh so much, I can’t believe I didn’t like him much in book 1, seriously? He’s so sassy and cocky and sarcastic and definitely provided the comic relief in this book, openly jokingly pining for Juliette and flirting with her. But at the same time he knows how to push her and he really cares for her and has her best interests at heart. 

Adam and Warner – I was honestly amazed with both of their transformations.

I confess, I have had what ends up with Warner spoilt for me, so that sort of framed my attitude towards Adam. So I went into this book with a weary attitude towards Adam.

Needless to say joke was on me. 


Like, honestly? What on earth was I thinking? Adam meant well and genuinely loves Juliette, even when we learn that…well…I’m not going to say more because I don’t like massively spoiling books. 

Okay so at first I was kinda staring at Adam wearily throughout the book, waiting for him to mess up. 

Didn’t happen. 

I did feel for Adam throughout, he’s a victim, he was put through his own trials too. 

Warner though I think was the character who struck me the biggest. We find out a lot about his character and I was definitely loving him by the end of the book and I sympathise with him more. I loved how he was brought into the story about a quarter of the way through and his character definitely had an important role to play in the book; throughout the book there were loads of events that had me gasping, I never could have seen them coming.

Let’s talk about the writing:

Mafi’s writing is so unique, it’s full of music and electricity and destruction. I love how some of her sentences were spaced out, it was full of drama and emphasis to the story. And also, as it was in book 1, there’s sentences with a line through them, as if Juliette shouldn’t even be thinking what she’s thinking. 

I definitely recommend this series to everyone, I cannot wait to see what book 3 has in store and I’m excited that Mafi has extended the series to have more books in them. This is a series I could happily keep reading. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂


Book Review: Veiled Angel by J.J Nite

Published 2016 by Clean Reads

Note: I was given a copy of this book for an honest review, please note that doesn’t influence my thoughts on the book.

Rating: 2 stars 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Okay, I see what the author was trying to do, and she did well thinking up a brilliant and unique concept which seemed refreshing at first; sadly it ended there for me, the book was rushed and the author could have planned out events and characters further so the reader could have engaged with them more. But at the same time I did like how the writing was simple, and the storyline was easy to follow; also I could picture everything as I was reading it. 

As I said though it was an exceptionally rushed book; it was also incredibly predictable, and when I reached the face off that had been mentioned at the end, I was left underwhelmed. I do know though that there’s other books in this series and that gives me hope for what’s to come. 

Let’s talk about the characters: 

Eden, is a down to earth girl who is plucked from everything she knows when her mother becomes tragically ill. She was initially a solid character, but she was acting pretty immaturish until about halfway through when the reality of her circumstances grew on her and she actually accepted what she had to do. 

Atlas is my favourite character in this book, at first he is Eden’s guardian coyote. I thought it was clever that the author chose what are considered dangerous and sometimes feral animals to watch over her main character. Atlas, as he is dubbed by Eden, is cute, funny and wise and I honestly wish he was real, which is not something I thought I’d ever say about a coyote. That just goes to show the effect of books. 

Sami was a character that confused me initially, I mean her appearance felt out of the blue and sudden, but it makes sense now that I look back. Her characteristics just felt underdeveloped, and to avoid being too spoilery, I don’t really understand why she was doing what she was doing, when it boils down to it, which backs up my point of this book being underwhelming. 

Kiah was a character that came into the story when he needed to, and I must confess I thought he was cute with Eden. He was the rock that she rested on during her trials and tribulations through the book, and I mean this as a pun as Eden seemed to sleep at the end of every chapter. But at the same time I have so many questions about all of these characters so I can only hope the author draws them out more. 

Sefta was a character that ironically I was instantly weary of, though I have no idea why. Perhaps I thought that it was too good to be true for Eden to be safe with her grandmother right after her mum died? But then I didn’t get why Sefta wouldn’t let Eden get her belongings out of the truck, but there you go. When it came to it, Sefta was Eden’s other guide during the big revelations of this book, and you could tell that she really cared about her granddaughter and only wanted her to be safe in the dangers that were about to come. 

All in all a very mixed read, but in time I will read book 2, because I’m curious to know how this series continues. 

A big thank you again to Mallory McCartney over at Clean Reads for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn.

Book Review: Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker

Published in 2014 by BBC Books, an imprint of Ebury Publishing, A Random House Group Company.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

“Well, I doubt you’ll ever see a bigger insect.”

Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. ‘Mummy there’s a daddy longlegs in my room!’ Then the screaming starts… Alan Travers is heading home from the pub when something rushes his face — a spider’s web. Then something huge and deadly lumbers from the shadows… Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.

But it isn’t the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn’t the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous. It isn’t an old man’s garbled memories of past dangers that intrigue him.

With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that no one is safe. Not unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War.
Let’s talk about the characters:

Twelve aka The Twelfth Doctor as played on the show by Peter Capaldi:


Finally, a book that portrays 12 to a tee! About time! As a Whovian, I always doubly enjoy books that are written canon to their respective Doctor. I have read but a few books that portray 12 perfectly, this was one of them! The other being Silhouette by Justin Richards. But this book was written perfectly and I could read 12’s lines in his voice and see him doing the actions in the book. This was written in his early stages of regeneration, so I enjoyed the Doctor adjusting to his new skin, and I love the bond between him and Clara; it was obvious from the word go how protective and fond of her he is, and the two of them are among my favourite Doctor Who pair. 


Clara as played by Jenna Coleman on the show:


Clara went on such an adventure through this book, there were times when I was terrified for her. I mean without being too spoilery, her brain gets possessed! Insane much? Definitely gave me vibes from her Oswin Oswald days, but also her time in the season 8 when she is forced to become a dalek. Like 12, she was written perfectly, I could see Jenna as Clara as I was reading. 

There’s a cast of supporting characters that are all whacky but hilarious, some are insane and just trippy as anything. This book blended a lot of history into it, and as a huge history enthusiast, I thought that was brilliant, and Mike Tucker definitely did an exceptional job blending fact and fiction.

Let’s talk about the writing:

This was actually really well written, and initially all the descriptions of the creepy crawlies wete enough to draw one into the stuff of nightmares. I’m not good with bugs, not at all. So I definitely was kept awake at night picturing all the scary creatures. It was insane how well they were written, I could see them as I read them and it was definitely terrifying, I could almost hear the scary noises they made. 

So yes, all in all this novel was definitely brilliant, unique and clever, but the downfall for me was that it was constant plot building. I mean I get Tucker was trying to write it like a TV episode but still, it would’ve got 5 stars if it was more structured to have a less rushing ending. 

Nonetheless I recommend this book to all Whovians! And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading!

Brooklyn.