short story – Graveside Books

The grave-robbing began with Gwen Menken’s great grandfather. News of it rippled through our small town faster than the bakery runs out of cookies at recess. They locked the cemetery gates but half the town still gathered around, climbing up the stone walls to peek at the upturned earth. People looked at Gwen’s family with [...]

short story – a castle near Nowhere

Eachann and Moire have never liked each other. I’m their peacemaker, but sometimes it’s hard to reason with ghosts. Of course, babysitting the dead was not in the job description when I applied for a position in the castle. I’ll bet you’ve once heard someone say ‘I live in the middle of nowhere!’ Well, I [...]

short story – the girl who sang at funerals

Nora Birch held a funeral for the tree in the garden. She gave a speech to the attendees; her pink stuffed rabbit, Darla the rag doll, and a small crystal bird she had liberated from a silver cage at her aunt’s house years ago. Even though she had only met the tree the day before, [...]

book review – Children of Blood and Bone

They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise. O.M.G this is such a fantastic book and an incredible debut from Tomi Adeyemi. There is so much to love about this intense, action-packed, West-African inspired fantasy. empowering, badass women ✓ a beautiful, evolving female friendship ✓ magic (a [...]

book review – The Belles

Dear Reader, this book contains my personal monster Under a lovely surface of magic, colour, beauty, royalty, fashion and imagination lurks a very real, ugly monster. This book is very important. In the world of Orléans, people are born grey and colourless and cursed. Only with the power of the Belles can people transform to [...]

an announcement

Hi all! As you may know, Matthew and I are getting married (yay! 🤵) and, after some thinking, we've decided to use this as an opportunity to spread the love. Instead of having a big ceremony or reception (aside from us saying something like 'I do' in front of a registrar and our parents) we will [...]

book review – Girls Made of Snow and Glass

I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Magic  ✔ Fairytale Re-telling  ✔ Badass women  ✔ Complex relationships  ✔ Queer romance  ✔ Creepy magical heart surgery  ✔ Melissa Bashardoust's novel is a beautiful, feminist twist on the Snow White fairytales, focusing on the relationship between Lynet and her stepmother, Mina, through entwining narratives of past and present. Mina's cruel, widowed magician father has [...]