Review of The Restless Sea, Vanessa De Haan

The Restless Sea by Vanessa De Haan is a well-crafted piece of historical fiction which explores the themes of friendship, loyalty and love. De Haan’s research and ability to weave multiple perspectives, storylines and settings together is truly something to be admired. Her command of imagery brought the beauty of North Scotland to life, alongside … Continue reading Review of The Restless Sea, Vanessa De Haan

Review of The Girl in the Purple Room, Patrick Baird

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. The eponymous piece of this collection is its crowning glory and it left me wishing Baird had written a collection of short prose rather than poetry. This short piece immediately transports the reader into a twilight zone between reality and distortion. The end is utterly bizarre but in a way … Continue reading Review of The Girl in the Purple Room, Patrick Baird

Review of Softly Glowing Exit Signs, Georgia Park

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. Softly Glowing Exit Signs is Georgia Park’s second collection of poetry and, in my humble opinion, is even better than the first. Her first collection was witty, pithy and touching and Park established herself as a voice for the 21st century. Softly Glowing Exit Signs not only continues to secure … Continue reading Review of Softly Glowing Exit Signs, Georgia Park

Review of The Thirteenth Circle, Chaz Allen

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  Allen’s The Thirteenth Circle is a debut which explores man’s relationship with faith, temptation and possessing a sense of self. Through a combination of poems, drawings and autobiographical excerpts. Allen tells his story in the hope others can relate and find solace. The drawings are fascinating; each one a different … Continue reading Review of The Thirteenth Circle, Chaz Allen

Review of We of the Forsaken World, Kiran Bhat

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. The concept behind Bhat’s We Of The Forsaken World is original and interesting. He imagines communities living on the periphery of global advancement, and how the people living within them have similar stories to tell even when it seems they live worlds apart. Bhat’s writing is poetic and expansive. He … Continue reading Review of We of the Forsaken World, Kiran Bhat

Review of Marilia, the Bastard, Morgan Cole

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. Marilia - strong-willed, erudite and fallible. Cole has delivered a heroine so humbly human I found pleasure in reading fantasy again. Marilia’s entire story is one of struggle, defiance and vulnerability. Not once is her trajectory predictable. She is not invincible. She is frustrating at times in her quarrels with … Continue reading Review of Marilia, the Bastard, Morgan Cole