The Clockmaker’s Daughter: Book Review

While my genre of choice is usually fantasy, one of my favourite non-fantasy authors is historical mystery writer Kate Morton. All her books are must-reads for me, and her newest novel The Clockmaker’s Daughter was no exception. It has been out for over a year now, and I have already owned a copy for several months, but I finally got round to reading it recently! I was incredibly excited about this book, as it sounded even more mysterious than her previous books, and I do love a good mystery!

The story of The Clockmaker’s Daughter revolves around the scandalous events of a group of young artists’ summer in an English manor house in 1892, resulting in murder, burglary, vanishing, and the early end of a promising career. Over a hundred years later, in 2017, archivist Elodie finds a sketchbook and a photograph from this summer and is drawn to investigate the mystery, and the connections between its players and the prominent Victorian activist whose archives she keeps – as well as between the alluring manor house and her own family. Told from multiple perspectives over one hundred and fifty years and several generations, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a complex story of secrets and lies, of love and family, of stories and history – and a little bit of the supernatural…

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My Favourite Reads of 2018

It’s the end of another year; a time to reflect and reminisce. 2018 has been a big year for me: I graduated university and started my first full time job, so it’s been pretty busy. Amongst all that, though, I also found time to read some fantastic books. And so, in the true spirit of reflecting and reminiscing, here’s a countdown of my favourites and my thoughts on each!


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My Best and Worst Reads of 2017

In 2017 I made a concerted effort to read more books, even though I was at university and couldn’t read as much as I wanted. According to Goodreads, I managed 19 books – nothing for some, but impressive for me – some of which were AMAZING, some of which were, well, just okay, and some of which I really wasn’t a fan of. So, even though it’s a couple of months overdue, here are my favourite and least favourite reads of 2017!
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The Wise Man’s Fear, Kingkiller Chronicles 2: Book Review

The Wise Man’s Fear is the second installment in Patrick Rothfuss’ bestselling Kingkiller Chronicles. This is the second day of Kvothe telling his life story, covering a shorter time period than the first book, The Name Of The Wind (you can find my review of it here) – only a year or two – during Kvothe’s time at the University and his break from studying in which he travels, and yet it is longer than the first book – almost a thousand pages long.

I simply had to pick up this book as soon as I finished The Name Of The Wind – the first book leaves us with many unanswered questions.

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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

This isn’t the sort of thing I’ve done before – which makes it quite exciting! This is a tag I saw on the Bookavid’s blog and thought, “hey, that looks fun, maybe I’ll give it a go!” It’s basically just a low-down what I’ve read so far in 2017.

For every book I’ve mentioned, I’ve linked either to my review of it or to the Goodreads page if I haven’t reviewed it.

So, let’s get on with it!
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