Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby

This isn’t my usual YA, but I did enter Goodreads First Reads competition to win it, and I did really want to read it. Oh my god, I took FOREVER to read this book but I swear it’s not a reflection on the book’s quality, believe me! I had a really good time when I […]

Where Is That Kid From ‘Matilda’ Now?

I don’t really review autobiographies or memoirs on this blog, it’s largely devoted to YA fiction, but these memoirs are written by the child actress who played, among other roles, beloved Matilda, Natalie in Mrs Doubtfire, and Susan from the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Her name is Mara Wilson and she has some […]

The Vampire Stalker: A Book Boyfriend Fantasy

The Vampire Stalker: A Book Boyfriend Fantasy

SUMMARY Amy is in love with the brooding fictional hero of a book series called Otherworld. Alex is a vampire hunter who accidentally finds himself in Amy’s world. Can the two figure out why their world met, and can Alex stop the vampire he’s hunting before Amy’s world is turned as dark as his own? […]

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner Stole The Story!

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner Stole The Story!

I was drawn to read The Thief because I’d heard amazing things about its sequel, The Queen of Attolia, and I wanted to get into the series and see what everyone was so excited about. The Thief is the story of a – you guessed it – thief named Gen who is forced into using […]

Coraline: A Satisfyingly Creepy Tale

Coraline: A Satisfyingly Creepy Tale

There was a film adaptation of Coraline released in 2009 that was amazing and will be referenced throughout this review. SUMMARY Coraline Jones, a bored tween, finds a more interesting life through a magical portal in her new house’s drawing room where her Other Mother wants to love her and keep her forever and replace […]

You Should Be Aware Of This Totally Awesome Aussie Fantasy

You Should Be Aware Of This Totally Awesome Aussie Fantasy

SUMMARY Blaze Halfbreed has been sent on a mission to retrieve the Cirkasian Castlemaid from Gortham Spit, a barely hospital strip of sand where only the lowest of the low and the most desperate congregate. There she discovers the filthy stench of evil dunmagic and realises a great evil has returned to threaten the whole […]

Desperate To Get Across The Wall

Desperate To Get Across The Wall

This is a review of just the novella in this collection, ‘Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case’. It is not a review of the complete book. It’s six months after the combined magic of the Charter defeated the Destroyer, and Nick is back in Ancelstierre, reluctantly attending a house party on behalf of […]

Abhorsen has used Saraneth to bind me into loving this series

Abhorsen has used Saraneth to bind me into loving this series

Despite their new destinies, Lirael and Sam continue their plan to recue Nick and stop whatever he is unearthing. Slowly the pair come to discover what it is: Lirael embraces her destiny as not only the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, but a Remembrancer as well, someone who can See the past like her Clayr sisters can See the […]

Lirael by Garth Nix

Lirael by Garth Nix

I’ll be honest with you: Lirael is over 500 pages of largely non-action, worldbuilding, and characters who make terrible mistakes and have to overcome them largely by their own fortitude. But the difference between Lirael and other books with little action driving the plot is that Nix is consistent with his characters. He doesn’t tell […]