Book Reviews

Below are the links to all the book reviews I've done. If you're an author and would like me to review your book (reviews also posted on, please contact me on Twitter or here.

My Approach:

It's a strange prospect, reviewing books when you're also a writer. It's no small thing to critique a person's work, especially considering the reading and enjoyment of stories is inherently subjective. It's something I've always shied away from doing.

But I've decided to push forward and review books on my blog. Reviews help to sell books - which I advocate passionately - so even if I'm not blown away by a book, I'll aim to present an honest review of what I consider works well and what doesn't. I have the upmost respect for any person who's taken the time to craft a novel or story and had the guts to put it out into the world; my aim isn't to tear anyone down, but rather to critique the work as honestly as I can.

I'll say it once more, my reading experience is subjective. As a storyteller, you'll never please everyone - again, a good thing, I think. I'll be putting my own novel out into the world next year, and I hope that those who review it are similarly honest. I can't ask for more than that.


An incredible read.

I really liked it.


Okay, but with significant detracting factors.

I did not enjoy it.


Austin-King, Graham - Faithless  3*

Barker, RJ - Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom, Book 1)  4*

Beaulieu, Bradley P. - In the Village Where Brightwine Flows  4*

Beaulieu, Bradley P. - The Doors at Dusk and Dawn  5*

Fléchais, Amélie - The Little Red Wolf  3*

Grigsby, Sean - Smoke Eaters  3*

Hayes, Rob J. - The Heresy Within (The Ties That Bind, Book 1)  2*

Hughes, Laura M - Danse Macabre  3*

Islington, James - The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1)  5*

Islington, James - An Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2)  5*

Larwood, Kieran - The Legend of Podkin One-Ear (The Five Realms, Book 1)  5*

McDonald, Ed - Blackwing (The Raven's Mark, Book 1)  3*

McNeal, J. Kyle - Birthrights (Revisions to the Truth, Book 1)  3*

Ng, Jeannette - Under the Pendulum Sun  4*

Pratt, Tim - The Wrong Stars (The Axiom Series, Book 1)  5*

Pullman, Philip - La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, Volume 1)  4*

Schaefer, Craig - Double or Nothing (Daniel Faust, Book 7)  5*

Schaefer, Craig - Sworn to the Night (Wisdom's Grave, Book 1)  5*

Shaw, Vivian - Strange Practice (Dr Greta Helsing, Book 1)  3*

Theodore, R J - Flotsam (Peridot Shift, Book 1)  4*