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 [...]

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 [...]

book review – Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine. Superheroes are getting a fresh YA makeover in the DC Icons series starting with Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer.  My review in short: asdfj;ljk;llheYYAAAAASS!! (I just finished it last night, so [...]