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Book review: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase #2)

If you know me at all, you know how much I love Rick Riordan’s books. I am obsessed with the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series. However, you might also know that I wasn’t super impressed with his two current spin-offs, the Magnus Chase and the Trials of Apollo series. I gave both first books five stars, because they are still fantastic, but they just pale when compared to his other novels.

Now, this book completely changed my mind. While The Sword of Summer was, in my opinion, a weak start to the new series, The Hammer of Thor brought back everything I love about Rick Riordan’s writing. It’s funny, it’s interesting and fast-paced, and it’s lovingly diverse.

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Book review: Asking for It by Louise O’Neill | Sexual assault, social media & girl hate

Hellooo, I’m back! I have officially submitted my essays and am now a free elf. I haven’t even looked at WordPress in weeks, so I will do some serious blog hopping soon – but first, I have some reviewing to do! I feel kinda rusty, so we’ll see how this goes.

Asking for It follows Emma O’Donovan, the most popular girl at school. She has her circle of attractive friends and everyone is in love with her – until she is drugged and sexually assaulted at a party, with pictures of the event all over the internet. The novel deals with victim-blaming and self-blaming, mental health, social media, and sexism, and all of it is done brilliantly.

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Book review: The Journey Out by Rachel Pollack and Cheryl Schwartz | A backlist guide for gay teens

The Journey Out is a guide for gay and lesbian teens – how to come out, how to be safe, where to meet fellow LGBT+ teens, and all the other aspects of surviving. But it was published in 1995, and I definitely felt it. The information is limited and often outdated. For that reason, I have decided to change up my review style a little bit, and write a list of ‘the good’ and ‘the bad’.

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Book review: Kumkum Malhotra by Preti Taneja | Indian literary fiction

Kumkum Malhotra is the most beautiful book I have read in a while. It’s vivid and grotesque and it’s the book that managed to get me out of my reading slump. In only 47 pages, Preti Taneja manages to tell the story of a woman whose life is perfectly normal, perfectly respectable, and then changes so suddenly and in such unexpected ways that it will leave you speechless.

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Book review: The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon | West Indian immigrants in 1950s London

Rating: ★★★★★

The Lonely Londoners is about a cast of characters who couldn’t be more different from each other. But they have one thing in common: they’re all West Indian immigrants living in London in the 1950s, trying to start their lives over in this strange new place.

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Book review: Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner | Basically just gay witches

Rating: ★★★★

Lolly Willowes, first published in 1926, is a fun, bizarre, and very unique novel about a woman who decides to escape the boring everyday life women were supposed to lead at the time, and does so by becoming a village witch.

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Poetry pamphlet review: Girl by Ella D. Gajic

Rating: ★★★★

I’ve mentioned before that all my flatmates are incredibly talented, and today I am presenting a poetry pamphlet by one of them: Ella D. Gajic. Girl deals with lots of different themes, all of them explored from a feminist point of view.

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