Lanterns and Hardbacks

The reviews and musings of a twenty-something bibliophile


3 stars

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse #1)

3 stars I found this book very difficult to get into. It’s quite short and so it shouldn’t have taken as long to read as it did, but it was difficult to motivate myself to carry on as dull scenario... Continue Reading →


The Other Doctor and the Girl who Ran Away by Dave Matthews

3 stars A very short book and quite fun, but no great feat of literature. The mystery is pretty good, as is the ridiculous hodge-podge of different stories (a knowing and cheeky rip-off of doctor who, a nod to Sherlock... Continue Reading →

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

3 stars Spoilers have been written in white text which can be read by highlighting the relevant passage. Oh, I so nearly gave this four stars. I was going to right up to the end, but that ending just left... Continue Reading →

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

3 stars I have thought a lot about how I feel about this book before giving it a review, but I think I'm ready now. In many ways, this is a brilliant book; it's fast-paced with a beguiling mystery and... Continue Reading →

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