Review of A Book of Changes – Krystyna Horko by Kristiana Reed

  Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. Framed by the death of Chairman Mao and the student protests in Tiananmen Square, Horko's novel tells the story of Melissa; a woman from the UK whose life is tied to the events in China due to her relationship with activist Jianguo and the birth of her son, Justin. … Continue reading Review of A Book of Changes – Krystyna Horko by Kristiana Reed

Review of Tel – S. Karlan by Kristiana Reed

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. "Your body caught in a wave Turning you over in the thick brine" In archaeology, a tel (Hebrew for 'hill' or 'mound') is a mound formed by generations of people living in the same place for hundreds and thousands of years. Whilst, 'Aviv' is Hebrew for 'spring'. Thus, Karlan's three … Continue reading Review of Tel – S. Karlan by Kristiana Reed

Being fair and balanced in book reviews – Kristiana Reed

You’ve read a book and want to write a review, but the book was mediocre and you are frightened of offending the author. What do you do? For almost a year now, I have written reviews for Reedsy Discovery, Amazon Vine and in support of indie authors. In this time, I have read brilliant books, … Continue reading Being fair and balanced in book reviews – Kristiana Reed

Review of 3 a.m. Blues, Joseph Fulkerson by Kristiana Reed

  Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. 3a.m. Blues is the second poetry collection from Fulkerson - The Glenmore Sessions being a tremendous debut. The approach in 3a.m. Blues is very different to The Glenmore Sessions; divided into three sections - Denial & Bitterness, Acceptance & Forgiveness, and New Beginnings. Fulkerson's focus this time is on the linear journey through and out … Continue reading Review of 3 a.m. Blues, Joseph Fulkerson by Kristiana Reed

Review of Maggie’s Ruse, Anne Leigh Parrish by Kristiana Reed

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  Parrish’s fourth novel Maggie’s Ruse follows the lives of identical twins, Maggie and Marta, and it is a well-written novel you are unlikely to put down. Both young women are living together, as they always have done, in New York, attempting to make something of themselves. Maggie is an artist and Marta … Continue reading Review of Maggie’s Ruse, Anne Leigh Parrish by Kristiana Reed

Review of The Darkness of His Dreams, John W. Leys by Kristiana Reed

Leys is a poet whose work is imbued with lyrical rhythm. Throughout this book, Leys’ words sing and his passion for the written word leaps from the pages. He is also a poet dedicated to his muses and influences, with pieces written for Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg and Vincent Van Gogh. However, the heart of … Continue reading Review of The Darkness of His Dreams, John W. Leys by Kristiana Reed

Review of YOU CAN SEE MORE FROM UP HERE, Mark Guerin by Kristiana Reed

  Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. Guerin’s narrative switches between the past and the present as his protagonist, Walker, attempts to reconcile his memory of his summer job when he was nineteen, and how far his father was involved in the disappearance of a Mexican family. In the beginning, the pace immediately transports you to … Continue reading Review of YOU CAN SEE MORE FROM UP HERE, Mark Guerin by Kristiana Reed

Review of We Died in Water, Meg Flores by Kristiana Reed

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. Flores' memoir is a stunning collection of prose and fragments which, through the use of the ocean as an extended metaphor, document the end of two relationships and the beginning of another when all is thought to be lost. "But so much of any love is questioned because of other … Continue reading Review of We Died in Water, Meg Flores by Kristiana Reed

Review of Composition of a Woman, 2nd Edition, Christine E. Ray by Kristiana Reed

“Ray is a woman conducting an orchestra while openly admitting she isn’t perfect. There is dazzling beauty in her ability to lift your spirits and reach beyond the book, calling for your blood and belly fire.” These were my closing thoughts after reading and reviewing Composition of a Woman for the first time and I … Continue reading Review of Composition of a Woman, 2nd Edition, Christine E. Ray by Kristiana Reed

Review of Visions of a Quantum Woman, Margaret Duns by Kristiana Reed

  Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  Duns' Visions of a Quantum Woman is unlike anything I have ever read. I am not normally one to choose a book which is autobiographical, let alone one which explores Quantum Physics. However, I am incredibly glad I did. Duns' sensitive and honest documentation of her visions and what they have … Continue reading Review of Visions of a Quantum Woman, Margaret Duns by Kristiana Reed