Lanterns and Hardbacks

The reviews and musings of a twenty-something bibliophile



The Charioteer by Mary Renault

4.5 stars Spoiler warning: this review contains spoilers; if you wish to avoid them, please return to this review once you have finished the book. In the days since I finished this book I have wondered how on earth I... Continue Reading →


Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

4 stars Spoilers, surrounded by * and written in white text, can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. Several different people have recommended Sarah Waters to me and, seeing as it’s her most famous work, I decided I should... Continue Reading →

Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton

4 stars I absolutely loved this book. I read it in one sitting, which is quite unusual for me. The characters were just so compelling and it was quite an easy read. The main character, Megan, has been mute ever... Continue Reading →

The Price of Salt (Carol) by Patricia Highsmith

4.5 stars Spoilers have been written in white text which can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. A beautiful book about love, infatuation and growing up. Therese is a likeable character from the start, sweet and yet quite gutsy... Continue Reading →

Human Nature by Paul Cornell (Virgin New Adventures #38)

4 stars Human Nature has just overtaken Prisoner of the Daleks as my favourite Doctor Who book. The Eighth Doctor has turned himself human and is teaching at an English boarding school in 1913. Sound familiar? That's because this is... Continue Reading →

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

4 stars Tiger Lily is a prequel and reworking of the well-known Peter Pan story. Told from the perspective of Tinkerbell, it follows Tiger Lily, the princess of the native tribe in Neverland. This book ended up being so much... Continue Reading →

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