Search results for tag: Hayley Shephard

BOOK REVIEW: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Review from Hayley Shephard)

Simply put, The Invasion of the Tearling was an awesome read. The book is one giant social commentary and while Erika Johansen’s world is dystopian, it doesn’t follow the standard model. It’s also a must-read novel for all the feminists out there. Following the standard dystopian model I truly believed the following: this world either exists on an uncharted island or this “better world” i... Read more

by | August 11, 2015

REVIEW: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn (Review by Hayley Shephard)

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy was a fun, engaging read. While at times I was filled with anxiety for the characters I was also laughing really hard at other moments. And trust me, it takes something really special to make me laugh hard. That’s what I love about regency books and authors today, especially Julia Quinn. The stories reflect humans that are just as strange, endearing an... Read more

by | April 30, 2015

REVIEW: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Review by Hayley Shephard)

The book world is abuzz with the publication of The Queen of the Tearling. Likened to Game of Thrones for its epic setting and brutal violence, it has poignant moments that are reminiscent of the era of Queen Elizabeth Ist, and tells the story of a burdened girl in a dystopian world. Is it any wonder why I couldn’t stop reading? And why Emma Watson has chosen to play the lead in the upcoming fi... Read more

by | June 17, 2014

REVIEW: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Review by Hayley Shephard)

From the outset I want to say I’m a HUGE J.K. Rowling fan, but I’ve never really been a fan of crime fiction, and as I started reading The Cuckoo’s Calling, I wondered if Rowling would win me over. With the words over-flowing I asked myself whether I would be able to keep track or even remember the many characters who could possibly be attached to the apparent suicide of one m... Read more

by | October 25, 2013

King Hall by Scarlett Dawn: A Review by Booktopia’s Hayley Shephard

Booktopia’s Hayley Shephard is one of the most prolific readers. Here she reviews Scarlett Dawn’s new ebook King Hall. King Hall is a fantasy, full of love, friendship and heartbreak. Sound familiar? Well it’s not. The main character Lily Ruckler, is a hybrid: born from a vampire father and a shifter mother. While it’s surprising that these two types of creatures mix in this story, ... Read more

by | July 29, 2013