Book Reviews, Classics

Anna Karenina

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Title: Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy

Genre: Classics

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First-Impressions

“She was enchanting in her simple black dress, enchanting were her full arms with the bracelets on them, enchanting her firm neck with its string of pearls, enchanting her curly hair in disarray, enchanting the graceful, light movements of her small feet and hands, enchanting that beautiful face in its animation; but there was something terrible and cruel in her enchantment.”

There is something very special and enjoyable about reading a magnificent 1,000 page long Russian tale woven and written by one of literature’s greatest storyteller’s. This story is ultimately about a captivating woman and a non-conformist farmer, but it is also about so, so, so much more. It’s about Stepan Arkadyvich – reckless but still somehow likeable, Alexei Alexandrovich – despite never having done anything technically wrong you somehow lose all sympathy for him, Kitty – you love her for her glamour and then stay for her sweetness and Dolly, Serzoyha and of course… our man, Vronsky.

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Book Reviews, Classics, dystopian

1984 by George Orwell

Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell – Sam Solomon

Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Dystopia

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

I bought myself this book on a whim at Waterstones, as a gift to myself upon finishing A Levels (I don’t usually buy physical copies of books – especially from Waterstones!). It is rare that such spontaneous purchase are successful, and I am very glad that this is the book I chose as it turned out to be a perfect kickstart to my summer reading.

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Book Reviews, Mystery, thriller

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

W O W.

I did not expect this. Not at all. I kind of skim-read the blurb, looked at all the high ratings, flicked through some reviews, added it to my TBR, then saw it on OverDrive and thought I might as well download it and give it a try.

I had no idea what I was getting myself involved in. This book is an absolute masterpiece, and every detail – from the amazing writing, to the careful thought on the technicalities of the fantasy element, to the increasing suspense and the narrator’s personality and humour… is MAGNIFICENT.

Five stars does not do this book justice. I mean it.

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