Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Yes, I am actually going to review Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. (While quietly lamenting that Bloomsbury thought Americans wouldn’t be smart enough to recognise what a philosopher is.) I’ve only read the series once, and it was after each book had been released, so it’s been a long time since I read Philosopher’s […]

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

In Garden of Thorns, teen burlesque dancer Rose decides to escape the company that is holding her prisoner by taking a hostage at the next show. But it turns out he’s the exiled heir and leader of the rebellion, and he takes her hostage in the mistaken belief that she is an assassin, and spirits […]

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess is a story that I think was partly inspired by Sansa Stark in season 2-4 of Game of Thrones: our heroine, Theodosia, is the daughter of a murdered queen being raised in the court of her enemy. Like Sansa, she has red hair, the queen calls her ‘little (animal)’, she is beaten mercilessly […]

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

Ice Wolves is the story of 12-year-old orphaned homeless boy Anders who, upon finding he can transform into an ice wolf, is separated from his twin sister Rayna, who transforms into the ice wolves’ bitter enemy the scorch dragon. I didn’t know what to expect going in to this. I’ve never read an Amie Kaufman […]

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation is an alternate history where in the immediate aftermath of Gettysburg, the dead rose and started eating the living. This threw the young United States into disarray, and in a panic the white folk forced Native Americans and African Americans to attend government-funded combat schools so that they would fight the shambling undead […]