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 – 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 – 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 [...]

short-story : refrain

Dust, like a constellation of stars, drifted through the sunlit room. It covered the books and photographs, the forgotten ornaments on the windowsill. A soft, silver coat fell on everything but the polished walnut piano against the wall, shining under the sun’s spotlight. The door creaked as she entered, snow-haired and slippered-feet, and sat down [...]