This book was a total impulse buy for me. I was browsing in Mostly Books and didn’t really see anything that grabbed me in the YA or adult sections, so I made my way to their lovely kids’ section at the back, and picked this up more or less at random. I thought there was a chance it might be a bit twee (never having really had a horse/unicorn phase as a kid), but when I started reading it, I was really pleased to find that it’s a gorgeous portal to a magical world, in the best tradition of children’s fantasy.
If you’ve been on Twitter at all in the last two months, you’ve probably seen people getting excited about Mirage, a Moroccan inspired story that blurs the lines between sci fi and fantasy. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s worth the hype, and is an extremely intriguing start to a new series!
If a book is about poisons and food tasters, it’s a guaranteed buy for me, so when I read the first line of City of Lies I knew I was in for a treat. Poison is front and centre in Sam Hawke’s debut, but so is an extremely original look at the complexities of siege warfare, and the difficulties of governing a city filled with different religious beliefs.
My interest in this series was piqued when I saw the author tweeting pictures of adorable plushies! Turns out, these long-necked, two-legged floofs are creatures called orgo, which appear in his Orgo Runners books – so when he offered me the chance to review the first four books in the series, I jumped at the chance!
This was probably the most hyped kids’ book of the first part of 2018, and with good reason. It’s a lush, thoughtful, magical tale that deserves comparisons to Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman.
I’m pretty new to reading romance novels – I’ve been a fan of regency historicals for a long time, and they often include a cute romance, but I am only just realising how lovely a nice fluffy regency romance can be on its own. I came across The Governess Game on NetGalley and it sounded really good, so I thought I would give it a try.
Full disclosure on this one: I met Josie Jaffrey on Twitter before I’d heard of any of her books, and I’m honour-bound to love anyone who loves my cat as much as she does. That being said, this is going to be way more than a polite ‘thanks for being my friend’ review, because this book is genuinely an amazing, gripping, inventive, five-star read!
I was so excited to get my hands on These Rebel Waves early, because I just love pirates, and I also have a love of the history of botanical medicine and magic, so this sounded right up my alley. I’m extremely grateful to Shrina from Harper 360 for sending me a proof and letting me read this one!
Have you ever daydreamed about a mash-up between The Devil Wears Prada and American Psycho? Me neither, but I tell you what: it really, really works.
Floating cities? Skyships? Etiquette lessons? Storm Glass intrigued me as soon as I saw the description. Sadly, I just couldn’t click with any of the characters, and I found the plot a little lacking…