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 [...]

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 [...]

battered books

Books are beautiful. Stacked neatly on shelves with smooth, straight spines. Perfectly unwrinkled paper. But the most beautiful books are the ones that have been read and loved. They are the beaten up, dog-eared, peeling, scratched up books that you find in the home of any true book lover. Of course if I'm borrowing someone [...]