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ARC review: Jade is a Twisted Green

Jade is a Twisted Green ⭐⭐⭐.5 3.5 out of 5 stars Jade is a Twisted Green focuses on the life of Jade Brown, a twenty-four-year-old Jamaican woman living in Toronto. Grieving the loss of her twin sister, Jade struggles with her emotions. She attempts to find her own identity, detached from the more confident and popularContinue reading “ARC review: Jade is a Twisted Green”

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The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library ⭐⭐.5 2.5 out of 5 stars Nora Seed finds herself in a place between life and death- in the Midnight Library. Once inside, her favourite librarian shows her around the endless rows of books that contain Nora’s possible lives. One of them lists all her regrets, while every other book allows herContinue reading “The Midnight Library”

A Broken Blade

A Broken Blade ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars In Elverath, all Halflings born of Mortals and Dark Fae are considered the Crown’s property. Enslaved, the females are trained in the Order to become Shades— perfect spies, warriors and assassins. Keera is the king’s Blade— the leader of the Order. Just when her forced serviceContinue reading “A Broken Blade”

Conversations with friends

Conversations with Friends ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4out of 5 stars Frances and Bobbi have known each other for years. Despite their contradictory characters, they forged a strong emotional bond. Former lovers, they now perform spoken-word poetry together at the scenes of Dublin. They catch the attention of Melissa, a famous journalist. Invited for dinner to discuss futureContinue reading “Conversations with friends”

Non fiction: My Life as a POW of the Japanese 1942-1945

My Life as a POW of the Japanese 1942-1945 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars My Life as a POW of the Japanese 1942-1945 is a short story, relating the life of Arthur Charles, who has been a Prisoner of War on Java during World War II. The plot describes his life in Japanese prisonContinue reading “Non fiction: My Life as a POW of the Japanese 1942-1945”

Daisy Jones and the Six

Daisy Jones and the Six ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars This book surprised me. When I started reading, the first thing I had to do was check if it was a work of fiction. The unusual form would serve brilliantly to present the real-life story of a music band from the seventies. Billy andContinue reading “Daisy Jones and the Six”

Reviving the classics: Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe Robinson Crusoe is a classic story of a man stranded on an island. The inspiration for the novel’s central theme can be traced back to the many accounts of the case of Alexander Selkirk- a Scottish sailor who spent four years on a desolate island. This book is also one of the firstContinue reading “Reviving the classics: Robinson Crusoe”

At Night All Blood Is Black

At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars At Night All Blood Is Black is a harrowing story of Alfa Ndiaye, set during World War I. He is one of the Senegalese soldiers fighting in the multinational army under French command. They are encouraged to pretend savagery duringContinue reading “At Night All Blood Is Black”

Reviving the classics: Shakespeare’s drama

The early modern drama might seem difficult today. The language has changed since they were written. Many words came out of the use or changed their meaning. And don’t get me started on the artistic alterations introduced to keep within the strict rigour of the iambic pentameter. Nevertheless, the pleasure we take from reading thoseContinue reading “Reviving the classics: Shakespeare’s drama”