Book Reviews

24 January 2021

Review: Women Don't Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

Privilege, energy, growth, insecurities, behaviour, and the real meaning of beauty. ‘Women Don’t Owe You Pretty’ is the best-selling debut novel from activist and illustrator Florence Given and even from ...

27 November 2020

Review: Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Some of us love the system. Many of us want to challenge it and bring about change. Then there are the majority who are pretty indifferent either way. What all ...
17 November 2020

Review: Playdate by Alex Dahl

For a parent, the scariest thing in the world would be to lose a child. That fear only exacerbates when a youngster goes missing without a trace, stolen away by ...
12 November 2020

Review: Winging It by Anna Jefferson

Winging It begins with the protagonist Emily in the middle of labour, as she brings her little girl Lucy into the world.  As a reader you are quite literally thrown ...

11 November 2020

Review: Have Yourself A Minimalist Christmas by Meg Nordmann

I was gifted Have Yourself A Minimalist Christmas on my birthday by my mum. I had actually asked for it as a Christmas present, but as she rightfully said, ‘you ...

5 November 2020

Female First reviews... The Apparition Phase by Will Maclean

Tim and Abi are siblings who share a passion for all things supernatural. Their fascination leads them to make up a story about a ghost in their attic- but a ...

6 October 2020

Review: Lockdown Parenting Fails by Nathan Joyce

As soon as Lockdown Parenting Fails landed on my desk, I knew I had to read it right away and I demolished it in one sitting.  As a parent during ...
2 October 2020

Review: The Devil and the Dark Water

Wow. That's the review. Saying much more would spoil the surprises that Stuart Turton has layered throughout his sophomore novel, The Devil and the Dark Water. Acting as the follow-up to ...

21 September 2020

Everything we hated about JK Rowling's new novel Troubled Blood [REVIEW]

Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott are back to solve another puzzling crime in the fifth installment of JK Rowling's crime series written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Perhaps predictably, Troubled ...
15 September 2020

Good Lord: Uncovering the Secret Link Between Jesus, India and the World’s Religions

From the grim familiarity of racially fuelled violence to widespread government corruption and worsening diplomatic relations, the world is in a state of devastating upheaval, social discord and unprecedented suffering. ...
6 August 2020

Too Much and Never Enough review: Donald Trump eviscerated in Mary Trump's scathing family history

For the blindly loyal followers of the 45th President of the United States, Mary Trump's new book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man will likely ...
7 April 2020

Review: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Denmark has a reputation for being one of the happiest countries in the world. So what’s their secret?  We all want to know, which is why this book has been ...

2 April 2020

Review: Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

If you want to declutter and organize in order to make more room for happiness, especially in light of current events, this clear and concise book will tell you how ...

27 January 2020

Review: Heady Mix subscription book box

I'm a huge fan of book subscription services. I'm often perusing bookshops to try and find another novel or five to add to my collection, but having the thrill of ...
23 January 2020

Review: Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

Peter isn't cut out for the world he was born into. This post-apocalyptic version of America is all he's ever known, and with an overprotective father who doesn't feel he's ready ...
15 January 2020

Review: A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button

Tara Button kept on cropping up during my searches for minimalism but I always dismissed it as it had the word ‘buy’ in the title, which was the very thing ...

13 January 2020

Review: Minimal: How to simplify your life and live sustainably by Madeleine Olivia

As the name suggests, Minimal: How to simplify your life and live sustainably covers everything from decluttering to composting in an effort to live more thoughtfully. A one stop shop ...

7 January 2020

Exploring the Middle Ages with Toni Mount's A Year in the Life of Medieval England [REVIEW]

I can't say I've ever been a major history buff, but there was something about A Year in the Life of Medieval England that attracted me to read it. When ...
16 December 2019

Female First reviews... the Readly App

-  I've never been a die-hard magazine person for several reasons: Subscriptions cost money and I can never decide which publication to commit to, I'm only interested in about 40% ...

26 November 2019

The Astrological Grimoire presents a fun introduction into the world of astrology [REVIEW]

When you're a witch, astrology is one of those things that you can't get away from. Moon phases are important for our spellwork and our signs dictate how we connect with ...
25 November 2019

Review: Man vs. Toddler by Matt Coyne

Man vs. Toddler is the highly anticipated sequel to Dummy or Man vs. Baby- and if you haven’t read Dummy yet- I strongly urge you to abandon this review and ...

18 October 2019

Louis Theroux - Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times in Television [REVIEW]

Louis Theroux is a man after my own heart. As one of the reasons I decided I wanted to be a journalist, he is for me, and many others, one of ...

20 August 2019

Review: Lightly: How to live a simple, serene and stress-free life by Francine Jay

I must admit, I can’t get enough of all the books on the market right now that encourage you to ‘live more with less’. While Lightly touches upon the importance ...

1 August 2019

Found review: Erin Kinsley's debut novel is a real masterpiece

I've always been a fan of a crime thriller. There's no genre of book that gets you turning the pages quicker, and staying up later, than one that's in the vein ...