Tag: contemporary

Review: The First Third, Will Kostakis

Review: The First Third, Will Kostakis

I am 50% Greek. So reading The First Third was like attending one of our massive family reunions with the second cousins, the third cousins, the yiayia’s, papou’s, the excited Greek chatter (which I did not understand) and the food – always so much food! Kostakis introduces us to a… Read more »

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Review: A Serpentine Affair, Tina Seskis

Review: A Serpentine Affair, Tina Seskis

After reading this novel the first thought that came to my mind was a quote from Hamlet: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. Only with A Serpentine Affair, something is rotten in Hyde Park! The story follows seven university friends over a period of 25 years. Since graduating,… Read more »

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Review: Pushing the Limits, Katie McGarry

Review: Pushing the Limits, Katie McGarry

I gazed into her beautiful green eyes and her fear melted. A shy smile tugged at her lips and at my heart. Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love. I don’t know where to begin with this review.  I don’t often read contemporary novels they… Read more »

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Review: Even the Dogs, Jon McGregor

Review: Even the Dogs, Jon McGregor

(Winner of the 2012 International Dublin Literary Award) On a dismal winter’s day, somewhere in the midlands, the police discover a decaying corpse in a derelict apartment. This is Robert.  And so begins our journey through the underbelly of lower class England. Robert is a raging alcoholic whose wife and… Read more »

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Review: The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling

Review: The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling

(Goodreads Choice 2012 Winner) Pagford is a seemingly idyllic town nestled in the picturesque English countryside. It has cobbled streets; a beautiful Victorian church; a glimmering river and is the kind of place where everybody knows your name. But underneath this pleasant façade is the ugly truth: Pagford is a… Read more »

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Review: The Fault in our Stars, John Green

Review: The Fault in our Stars, John Green

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said. “Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.” I found this book so emotional that it took me a good week to pick up another… Read more »

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