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My Top 5 Favourite Books | Kieran Higgins

My Top 5 Favourite Books

I always say that you cannot be a writer without being a reader, and you’ll find that we writers are the most voracious of readers. It would be hard for me to pick out the best books – I most of them, even some of the bad ones, and I have major respect for anyone has finished a piece of writing that large. But here are the ones I keep coming back to, like a bad relationship in a country song.

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P.S. I Like You - Kasie West - Kieran Higgins

P.S. I Like You – Review

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This YA romance tells the story Lily, a high school junior. She’s always scribbling in her notebook, and one day she writes down one of her favourite song lyrics. This piece of paper gets left behind, and the next day the lyrics are finished. She leaves a return note, and soon a flurry of letters go between her and the mysterious writer. And she quickly realises she is falling for this unknown person.

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Harry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-Child-Review | Kieran Higgins

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child – Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

HP & the Cursed Child picks up from where the epilogue of DH left us as Albus Severus is getting on the train. Living in the shadow of his famous father, he struggles to find a place in the wizarding world as he lacks the instinctive magical abilities of Harry and is immediately sorted into Slytherin upon arriving at Hogwarts. He becomes firm friends with Scorpius Malfoy and, determine to prove themselves the equal of their parents, they strike out on an adventure.

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The Source by J.D. Horn | Kieran Higgins

The Source by J.D. Horn – Review

The Source by J.D. Horn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This books was an improvement on the last one, but it still suffered from the same problems – too much going on, pacing, clunky language in parts, a strange fascination with making lists about what the heroine wears. However, I enjoyed the introduction of a foreshadowed villain, a deeper explanation of the mythology of the line and the appearance of the rest of the families. No spoilers, but the loss of a beloved character is both hopeful and poignant, if their relationship could do with a bit more development.

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The Line by J.D. Horn Review | Kieran Higgins

The Line by J.D. Horn – Review

The Line by J.D. Horn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A thrilling story with magic and mystery, set in the sweltering city of Savannah, where the Taylor family work to protect the magic of the world, and the world from magic. But with such an eclectic mix of personalities in this family, some people are bound to be rubbed the wrong way, including hoodoo worker Mother Jilo, who has more than a few dark spells up her sleeve. As Mercy wonders if her destiny may not be as she thought, a shocking murder will reveal a few secrets that will shock her to the core.

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The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta Review | Kieran Higgins

The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta – Review

The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I gave up before reaching the climax. The language was horribly anachronistic (though this may be a translation issue) and the author’s approach to showing and telling was frightfully inconsistent. Large, important crucial moments are glossed over in seconds, while pages are devoted to the most trivial of the protagonist’s musings or experience.

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