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 […]

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 […]

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R King

Because of the plot point of the king’s one hundred wives, I thought this book was based on 1001 Nights, so that’s why I’ve taken so long to read it. I didn’t particularly feel like reading a book like that. However, I was wrong. And while I don’t know the specifics behind what inspired the […]

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

I’ve read some of Mary Webber’s previous books, so I know that I enjoy her writing when her characters aren’t full of dumb ideas and even dumber actions. Luckily, To Best The Boys stars a female scientist in the misogynistic world designed to keep her nothing more than a placid housewife, providing for and driving […]

The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

You know what? This is bullshit. I don’t owe anyone anything. I’ve just struggled through a different book that I could tell from the opening pages wasn’t up to the standards I require in my fiction. I wasted six weeks on that book. I finished it. I was not impressed. This time, instead of forcing […]

Navigating the Stars by Maria V Snyder

Although I prefer to read fantasy these days, sci-fi was actually my first love (please don’t tell my fantasy books). I’ve read and loved almost all of Snyder’s books, including her original sci-fi Inside Out, so I was pretty keen to dive into this one, especially since it was starting with a younger, mouthier heroine […]

The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork

Heather Dixon Wallwork is one of my absolute favourite authors of all time. She wrote Entwined, a 12 Dancing Princesses retelling which I have never reviewed here on the blog because the book is just too precious and the review would basically consist of my screaming for ten minutes. She also wrote Illusionarium, which was […]

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