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From the author of The Loosening Skin and The Beauty,, a powerful and disturbing look at the roles we play, and how they form and divide us. This new edition features a brand new novelette set in the same world as Skein Island.

Skein Island, since 1945 a private refuge for women, lies in turbulent waters twelve miles off the coast of Devon. Visitors are only allowed by invitation fro
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Titan Books (first published March 30th 2015)
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Missy (myweereads)
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
“They are all born with the seed within them to become one of four things. And now those seeds are growing.”

Skein Island by Aliya Whiteley is about a private refuge twelve miles off the coast of Decon. Few receive the invitation to stay for one week, free of charge. If you are chosen, you must pay for your stay with a story from your past: a Declaration for the Island’s vast library. What happens to your Declaration after you leave the island is not your concern. Powerful and disturb
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Britta Böhler
Not quite my cup of tea.
Todd Burnett
Definitely a book for fans of girlie mythological-fantasy, though due to some scenes of graphic violence and adult situations, this is a book for 18+ readers only.

I must admit, I was expecting a bit more of the Greek mythological influence on this from having read the back cover, but Skein Island was well written, well paced with believable characters and a decent, if slightly predictable, plot.

There were two or three minor editing errors, but otherwise the story was neatly pre
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Runalong
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whiteley is now very much in the league of my favourite authors. I love the way stories start as one thing and morph into something else and at the same time explore being human. This a a delightful puzzle made of stories about stories and is damn hard to review when all I want to do is just say read this

Full review (ish) https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
Callum McLaughlin
First, I should point out that I loved The Beauty by Whiteley, and so went into this with very high expectations. Whilst this didn't enthral me as the former did, I still found it rich and fascinating, particularly from a thematic point of view.

Though they are very different in terms of plot, the two novels do in fact explore the same major themes, both of which I adore when handled well: gender roles and storytelling. In this case, the eponymous Skein Island has long served as a safe spac
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Clara
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really excellent novella by Aliya Whitely. I think this would make a great pairing with Wilder Girls as both are fantastical explorations of female friendship. The novella takes place on Skein Island, a mysterious island that hosts retreats for seven women for seven days at a time. The main character receives an invitation to the island for a retreat that she never applied for and retraces the footsteps of her mother who vanished from her life after going on a retreat there herself. Whit ...more
Paperbacks
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I would like to thank Titan books for providing me with a copy of Skein Island for review. Skein Island has honestly left me lost for words, in a good way, but I’m struggling with where to start with my review – I think I need to start by understanding that this book is far, far more than the blurb suggests. From the start this reads as edgy womens fiction, but then quickly develops into magical realism with a thriller slant. It’s utterly compelling and I kept finding myself returning t ...more
Museofnyxmares
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
*I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

From the synopsis alone, I knew that this was going to be a very unique story. It had elements that intrigued me, such as the mention of mythology and the fact that the Island was a sanctuary for women only. There were quite a few aspects mentioned in the synopsis though and I wanted to see how everything came together. Unfortunately, I don't think that I really got that moment of harmony, wh
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Ellis (whatellisreadnext)
'Every woman deserves at least a few chapters of her own in the story of her life.'
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Skein Island is a women's retreat located just off the coast of Devon. Each woman must pay for her stay with a story from her past. Marianne gets an invitation from a woman who is long dead and feels the need to investigate. She is unaware what the stories are used for until it is too late😯
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It's really hard to put this book into words, I'll start off by saying, it wasn't what I was expecti
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Kirsty ~ Paper Hearts Ink
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Skein Island is an exploration of what it is to be human. The imbalances between men and women and our roles in society.

It’s weird and wonderful and powerfully written. This is my first book by Aliya Whiteley and I enjoyed her writing. She is very good at creating a mood. There are some darker aspects to the story which were handled well and the story stayed in my mind for a long time after I finished it.

I will say that toward the end it became a little confusing at times and I had to work har
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heavenlybibliophile
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The way she describes emotions and thoughts of the characters is unlike any I’ve read before and reading it from the characters’ point of view really makes it visceral and just really powerful.
I’m a lover of history and seeing it incorporated in this book the way it was was so enjoyable to read
I highly recommend this book, it’s really one that makes you think which is something that I really want to read in more books going forward with the different types books I choose to read, rather t
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Ross Jeffery
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book - Aliya Whiteley has followed up her last offering ‘The Loosening Skin’ in the best possible ways! This books is dripping with wonderfully crafted prose, a story that is uncontainable and with a masters touch which proves she’s a storyteller for our time! A fricking masterpiece! Full review coming soon to STORGY and I’ll update here accordingly!
Alexander
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, really gave me a lot to think about.
Rafaela
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2016, x-owned
NOTE: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

(I took WAY too long to post it, though, and for that I am sorry)

Why did I read this book? Because if you’ve written one of my favorite books (and Aliya Whiteley’s The Beauty IS one of my favorite books), you’re stuck with me for life. I will follow your career and read every single one of your books. Maybe not right away, but I will eventually. I won’t even ask what they’re about, I’ll just go for it. Whatever. I tru/>Why
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Julia
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of Skein Island for free from goodreads first reads giveaway.

This was not at all what I was expecting when I entered the giveaway for this book, I'm not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't this. The story starts off normally enough but things soon get weird and unpredictable, which makes a novel change. I'm not sure I would call this book enjoyable but it is very readable especially for women. I don't mean to imply that this is "chic-lit", far from it
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Magda
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I’d read Skein Island, I could not forget it. It drew me into its characters, its handling of thought and landscape, its twisting conceits that spoke to me of roleplaying games and mythology and all the ways in which to love and mistrust the stories we tell ourselves and the people telling the stories.

I've posted my full review here - http://www.mookychick.co.uk/reviews/b...
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