Book Review: Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May

Reviewed by Yasmine Lewis Kingdom of Ashes is a young adult novel of around 530 pages. In this novel, the reader discovers the world post-nightfall, where the earth and its new technologies, such as the WeatherWizard which controls the weather, have been taken over by vampires. The New World forced humans into hiding for decades, [...]


Book Review: Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Reviewed by Yasmine Lewis How well do you know the people around you? Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott is a psychological thriller that will keep you on edge through its 339 pages. Kit is a young PhD student in science, working in a lab with other PhD students, all of them are competing [...]

Book Review: Deaths of the Poets by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts

Reviewed by Elle Heedles When this curious, biographical travel-journal debuted last February, it was met with mixed reviews. Where some critics found it a “good, clever, kindly and enjoyable book,” others were not as captured. Charming and anecdotal though it may be, there is an underlying sense that the two contemporary poets have bitten off [...]

Charge it to the Game by Karen Collazo

I checked into Miami-Dade County’s New Direction rehab facility after self-identifying as a drug addict.  I signed up for the Specialized Transitional Opportunity Program (STOP), a six-month inpatient program that provided affordable housing to patients who worked offsite. The rent was only $2 a day. Pam was the only client with a job in the [...]

Book Review: The Tryst by Monique Roffey

Reviewed by Aija Oksman Roffey’s style, abrasive and brass as it might be to some, reminds me of Jean Rhys—if she was writing in the twenty-first century. The ancestral, the first of them all, and almost animalistic female empowerment intermingled with the profound somehow aggressive and oppressive mentality is a wild read. An open look [...]

Book Review: The Invisible Crowd by Ellen Wiles

Reviewed by Huriyah Quadri The Invisible Crowd is about illegal immigration and the way asylum seekers are viewed and treated in Britain. It's centred around Yonas, a young man who has escaped from prison following a nightmarish life in Eritrea. Yonas was a journalist who was forced to act as a censor, his hatred of the [...]

Book Review: The Nothing by Hanif Kureishi

Reviewed by Aija Oksman Hanif Kureishi has been a favourite of mine for many years; Buddha of Suburbia, Gabriel’s Gift, Midnight All Day as well as his screenplay, My Beautiful Laundrette, are all works that I still re-read regularly. Therefore, when I started The Nothing, I was excited and then shocked, then a little revolted, [...]

Words with Poet Tricia Elliott by Lis Mesa

 When Martha Beck (Finding Your Own North Star) and Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) share the work of a poet living and writing from a yurt in the Alaskan Wilderness, I knew I had to reach out, listen and learn. BEARBONES is ‘poetry for curious souls.’ What makes a soul curious? I think a curious [...]

Book Review: The Zoo by Christopher Wilson

Reviewed by Huriyah Quadri The Zoo caught me off guard; I wasn’t expecting it to be as fantastic as it was. The story is narrated by twelve-year-old Yuri, who suffers from brain damage following a series of tragic and extremely unfortunate accidents. One of the side-effects of the accidents is that Yuri has an everlasting [...]

Book Review: Christodora by Tim Murphy

Reviewed by Aija Oksman Christodora had me from the start. How Murphy skilfully adopts the vernacular of each of his protagonists — whether it is a child, a young adult in a heroin hell, a gay HIV activist man, a Latina woman suffering from AIDS or just your run-of-the-mill angst­-ridden artist — enables the reader [...]