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Review: The Thorn Queen

The Thorn Queen is a gorgeous MG fantasy that caught my eye while browsing on NetGalley. Just look at that cover! While I was expecting something castle-based and possibly Sleeping Beauty related, what I got was entirely different: an introduction to a really cool magical land, and an action-packed quest with a great heroine!

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Review: Snapshot

When Gollancz offered me the chance to review the latest Brandon Sanderson, chances of me turning it down were at 0%. I love his fantasy books, and I love how prolific he is so you’re never waiting too long for the next one… Snapshot is way more sci-fi than fantasy, but it has his trademark awesome world-building and gorgeous plotting, even in only 130 pages!

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Review: Cold Iron

I’ve been a big fan of Miles Cameron since I met him at a Gollancz event and really enjoyed talking to him about swords and herbs, so when I saw his latest book was up on NetGalley, it was an instant request for me. Cold Iron is a coming-of-age fantasy in the classic style – though it’s got some very clever things to say about life, politics, and swords, it’s not going to impress those who don’t normally read male-authored epic fantasy.

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Review: Tempests and Slaughter

I have had this book sitting on my shelf for a couple of months, having ordered it from the US in order to get it as soon as possible. I’ve been putting off reading it because I was just too scared that it wouldn’t live up to expectations. Numair was my first bookish crush, and I have been desperately anticipating this book since the very first rumours that Tamora Pierce might write it, 15 years ago. I grew up on Pierce’s books, and I’ve just been terrified that this new one might not be the same magical experience…

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Review: The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp

I was an enormous fan of Sarra Manning in my teens. I devoured Guitar Girl, sighed through Diary of a Crush, and absolutely idolised the kids in Pretty Things. When I saw she was doing a retelling of Vanity Fair, I thought this would be the perfect time to finally take on that huge (900 page!) classic that I’ve always meant to read, with a cool contemporary version to lighten things up. Let me say, the retelling is pitch perfect, but if you are looking at it as a stand-alone novel, you may be disappointed…

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