Author Archives: Summer Leigh Grant

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Invasion of the TearlingThis is the sequel to the absolutely amazing Queen of the Tearling and continues to follow the Glynn Queen Kelsea Raleigh. It carries on from not long after the end of the previous book and Kelsea must face the consequences of her actions against the Mort.

The writing remains brilliant and it’s great to be with these characters again. There’s a drastic turn in the story that provides some Tearling history and introduces a new character and some context to the story, however it feels like Kelsea is forgotten in favour of this new person.

In the first books Kelsea took up her place on the Tearling throne and decided not to leave it too long before causing some controversy. Due to her mother’s actions two decades earlier the Tearling were forced into sending a caravan of people to be slaves in the Mort, when Kelsea first saw this (having been raised in the country under a different name to keep her safe) she set everyone free and decreed they would never again condemn anyone to this fate again. Continue reading


Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman

There are spoilers ahead so please read with caution.

I went into this worried. I think most people will.

Before the book even came out the media were all over it and pointing the finger at Atticus. The man held so high, the man who inspired lawyers and had children named after him, the man who gave a cause even more traction was being brought low. His legacy was being threatened.

It is important to remembers that Go Set a Watchman is not a sequel. Yes, scout is 26, Atticus is older too and events have transpired as the characters move on with their lives. It was written before To Kill a Mockingbird but it’s not a prequel either. What is it?

It’s a first draft. Continue reading


The Catalyst by Helena Coggan

Brilliant premise with a lot of potential but some messy writing and a messy end, amazing for a 15-year-old.

Helena Coggan is probably so damn sick of people referring to her age. Almost every review I’ve read has brought it up so I’m sorry to be joining that club. But, this book has a complex plot and a wide variety of characters with very different personalities and the first draft was written when Coggan was 13. I was never this insightful or perceptive at 13. Continue reading


Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

A wonderful fantasy story set in the heart of London, revealing a side of it we never knew existed.

Rivers of London follows Constable Peter Grant as he passes his probationary period at the metropolitan police and is taken on in by a different department; Economic and Specialist Crime. It all started with the murder of William Skirmish on the steps of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. He was standing guard over the crime scene when a witness appeared, a witness who happened to be dead. Continue reading


Still a novel of our times: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an irrefutable classic. It deserves every single bit of praise it has ever been given. To say the book is good is stating the obvious, but there’s not really any other way to explain it.

It tackles such a tough topic, and although leaps and bounds have been made since the book was written, it is still relevant today. Continue reading


Any One Book: Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Well, this is a very, very daunting book to review. Most writings read in the shadow of Orwell’s masterpiece will only pale in comparison and, for anything daring to review it, there is always the temptation to sound intelligent. I’m afraid the best I can do is honesty.

I’m sure everyone knows the basic gist of Nineteen Eighty-Four. The book follows Winston Smith, a member of the outer party. Continue reading


Any One Book #18

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I’ve actually managed to get a lot of reading done this past month, it makes a nice change. I think the long journeys up to Birmingham were particularly helpful.

Anyway, my point is I have quite a few reviews to post, but before that I thought it best to crack on with this month’s Any One Book. Continue reading


Any One Book: Carrie by Stephen King

Ok, I have a bit of a confession to make…..I actually picked up Carrie and read it before I even announced it was the next Any One Book.

It was always my intention to have it as book of the month, but I was too intrigued and couldn’t hold off any more. So I thought I would leave it a while to actually post my review of it, otherwise the whole thing would have been over in a couple of days.

I didn’t know Carrie was King’s first published full-length novel until I read the introduction to the book. The difference in his writing style between Carrie and Misery was overwhelmingly evident, but it was still quite addictive. Continue reading


Any One Book #17

Happy new year everyone!

I hope 2014 will be an amazing year for you!

Anyway, here’s the first Any One Book of the year and I hope it’s something you’ll enjoy. Continue reading


Any One Book: A Dance with Dragons 2: After the Feast by George R.R. Martin

Despite the very real possibility of having to wait several years before the next instalment comes out, I am glad to finally get this book done with.

As you may know from previous posts I’ve been unhappy with the last book and a half, it felt as if martin had lost his way, but the second half of book five has set him upon the path of redemption. The writing was excellent and there was much more development with the story, even if he is starting to introduce way too many points of view. Continue reading