Portal to the Pages

A quick glimpse into my thoughts on various fiction

The Secret Child – Marti Healy

Book cover of "The Secret Child" by Marti Healy

The Secret Child

The Secret Child is quite a short book, coming in at only 196 pages, however it should not be dismissed as lacking in content. This was another one of those books where I had never heard of the author or the book beforehand, so it was a little bit of a risk but I am so glad I took a chance on it! Read the rest of this entry »

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Retrospective: The Night Watch – Sergei Lukyanenko

Book cover of "The Night Watch" by Sergei Lukyanenko

The Night Watch

I originally read The Night Watch about five or six years ago, but I never got around to reading the full series. My brother recently gave me the final book in the series, which prompted me to start from the beginning and reread The Night Watch before checking out any of the other books. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guest Post: Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder

This week, I am pleased to being another guest post to you. Today’s post is by Megan Reilly, of The Mixing Bowl. Megan and I have been in college together for almost five years now but it is only since I started this blog that we have begun discussing books. Megan is currently studying for a Masters in Marketing in DCU and kindly offered to do a guest blog on the provision that I return the favour. As such, keep an eye on The Mixing Bowl for my upcoming post about gluten-free cookies! Read the rest of this entry »


Retrospective: Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Book cover of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a book I first read when I was quite young; around nine or ten years old. I instantly loved it and always referred to it as “my favourite book of all time”. It is the first book in the trilogy His Dark Materials, however, I did not become aware of this until years later so I feel that it also functions as a stand-alone book. Recently, I was trying to make some space on my bookshelf and came across Northern Lights. I decided I would revisit the book and see how my perceptions of it had changed over time, if at all. Read the rest of this entry »


Guest Post: Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

I am delighted to introduce a new element to my blog this week; the first of a number of guest posts that will feature in the coming weeks. Rest assured, I will still be writing my own reviews too but, in the pursuit of variety, some weeks will feature reviews from a different perspective than my own. Read the rest of this entry »

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