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 [...]

book review – Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

I'll always be a proud Harry Potter girl, but I'm jealous of children who are going to grow up with Morrigan Crow and this instant classic of a series. It's not that Jessica Townsend's debut novel is particularly similar to the HP series,  or Alice in Wonderland, or the world of Roald Dahl - but it does [...]

book review – The Cruel Prince

Faerie might be beautiful, but its beauty is like a golden stag’s carcass, crawling with maggots beneath his hide, ready to burst. Holly Black's The Cruel Prince begins with an appropriately cruel, bloody, enticing murder. Jude, Taryn, and Vivienne watch as a mysterious man, revealed to be Vivienne's biological father, kills their parents, and whisks them off [...]

book review – Everless

I think back to the stories I wrote as a child, how Fox and Snake's innocent games slowly darkened and changed until Snake was curling around Fox's heart, stealing the life from her. I have to say, during the first half of Sara Holland's debut book I thought that it was just fine.  I was [...]

book review – Maybe a Fox

What happens after you die? [...] Maybe you turn into wind. Maybe you turn into stars. Maybe you go to another world. Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee's Maybe a Fox is a sweet, heartrending tale about family, grief, and wishes. It's been a while since I've read something written for a children/pre-teen audience, but I couldn't [...]

book review – Empress of a Thousand Skies

If all we are is what people think we are, then we’re all screwed. Rhoda Belleza's debut novel is wonderful. This sci-fi world is fantastical and alien in some ways but it's also so real and relevant. The book alternates POV between Rhee, the last surviving heir to a powerful dynasty, and Aly, a war [...]