Deathless Divide (Dread Nation #2) by Justina Ireland

Deathless Divide was the perfect sequel to Dread Nation. PERFECT. Whereas Dread Nation (which everyone lost their minds for, myself included, because Civil War era zombies and a black female warrior lead? Oh. My. God. Yes.) sold itself on ‘combat school for Negro girls’, it really wove in a plot that expanded beyond the school […]

Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B Larson

To be completely honest with you (and that’s the only way to be when writing a book review), I requested this book for review from Netgalley because I mistook the author for someone else: someone whose books I had previously enjoyed and whose other books were on my to-read list. I was so wrong. I’ve […]

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

I absolutely adored The Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco. Such incredible world-building. Such well-rounded, dynamic characters. Such complicated motivations. I’m sorry to say that The Never Tilting World pales somewhat in comparison. I loved the world-building. I did find it remarkably similar to Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, in that each generation a […]

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Garth Nix is the Australian master of worldbuilding. I’m not even joking. Y’all should know that I don’t deliberately seek out male authors (because male authors tend to write books for men about men to the detriment of women) but Nix is one of my exceptions, and I’m happy to share that Angel Mage is […]

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

You would think, for a book that calls itself Rebel Girls, that there might be some actual rebellion going on in the plot. It’s not the author’s fault (I hope!). Publishers can change the title of a book to whatever they want. And sure, the idea of a good little Catholic girl rebelling in her […]

ARC review: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

The choice to request this book for review was deeply personal to me. As you may or may not know, a couple of years ago my husband suffered a catastrophic injury at work and broke his back. After two months in hospital, he came home in a wheelchair. I myself am also suffering from a […]

The Eyes of Tamburah by Maria V Snyder

Maria V Snyder is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I have loved everything of hers that I’ve read so far. I love her characters and their relationships, her magic systems, her world building, and I really love that you can recognise Snyder’s favourite tropes in different series. For example, Snyder loves to put […]

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

I love the film Easy A, starring Emma Stone as a high schooler who allows boys to ruin her reputation by claiming they had sex with her in return for gift cards. So I was intrigued to read a book where slut-shaming took centre stage via revenge porn, and to add extra conflict, because it […]

Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake

Through the White Wood appealed to me because I love elemental-based magic, especially when it’s ice/water vs fire: I also learned through reading the book that it’s based in an area of Russia centuries ago, except this version of Russia has real magic. I really liked that it was based here, and it was really […]

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