Steadfast (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray

I’ve been really sick – as in bedbound sick – and I don’t really feel like writing a lengthy review for this audiobook, so I’ll keep it brief: For a sequel, it didn’t feel like filler. I felt like every character moved forward, and the plot was original and engaging. I loved watching the relationships […]

The First Midnight Spell by Claudia Gray

This is a companion novella from the Spellcaster series told from Elizabeth’s point of view. It’s not essential reading to understand the rest of the series, but my library had a copy, and I really like reading ‘downfall’ or ‘villain’s comeuppance’ type novels. I like reading about terrible people and the terrible things that happen […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beasts Made of Night

The concept for this book is totally awesome. A Nigerian-inspired fantasy about young gifted people (‘aki’) who literally fight and Eat the sin summoned from others, absolving them and taking on the guilt themselves. That’s a show-stopping, rousing elevator pitch if ever I heard one. Unfortunately, the concept is all this book has going for […]

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

I really enjoyed this book from Mindee Arnett. When I borrow books from my local library, as I did for this audiobook, I often don’t bother looking them up on Goodreads beforehand because it’s not a monetary investment, so the only thing I’m st to lose if I don’t like it is time. So I […]

The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2)

I’m finding it really hard to write this review, because although I really enjoyed The Heart Forger, I can’t tell you specifically why. I liked that there was heaps of action on the present tense this time around, as opposed to just dropping titbits about the past tense story to keep our interest. I liked […]

Give the Dark My Love

I was super excited to read a book about a magical healer facing a plague – even if they call alchemy ‘science’ in this book, it’s totally magic – and this one definitely delivered. It’s about a girl called Nedra (narrated beautifully by Mhairi Morrison with a lovely soft Scottish accent) from a small northern […]

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