This book is like nothing I have ever read before. It’s scholarly, lush, poetic, and full of magic. Handheld Press were kind enough to send me an advance copy of this beautiful reprint of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s short stories, Kingdoms of Elfin, and it turned out to be one of the most breathtaking and magical reads of the year.
Some days you just want a nice cosy Regency romance… So A Lord for the Wallflower Widow looked like a great Sunday read to me. As a Mills and Boon Insider, I got to read this one early, and it’s definitely one fans of the genre will want to pre-order!
I’ve always had a soft spot for stories about boarding schools, so this middle grade mystery set at a posh English school looked like a great Halloween read for me! While this doesn’t get paranormal, it’s got a really cool creepy setting, where the school itself is almost a character…
When I saw this book pop up on NetGalley, I was intrigued, because I enjoy a good MG portal fantasy. I figured that the Narnia comparisons were probably just there in the same way that any book with siblings discovering magic is compared to Narnia – but to my surprise, The Lost Magician is actually a pretty straightforward retelling of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and I was ultimately pretty baffled as to why it was written.
I’m thrilled that today is my stop on the blog tour for Rejoice: A Knife to the Heart, the new sci-fi thriller from Steven Erikson. Thanks so much to Gollancz for giving me the opportunity to read this fascinating look at first contact early!
This is exactly the sort of book that is guaranteed to tick all my boxes, so it’s no surprise that as soon as I learned of this book’s existence, I ordered it! The Apprentice Witch is a lovely coming-of-age story about a young witch finding her feet in a new town – it reminded me a lot of the feel of Kiki’s Delivery Service, so was an obvious hit for me.
Do you want to know why I bought this book? Because of the snazzy red-stained pages and cool cover. That’s it. Pure covetousness.
Do you want to know why I’ve read it three times since April? Because it’s absolutely freaking amazing.
I loved the first Caitlyn book by Elizabeth Davies, Three Bloody Pieces (review here!), so I was thrilled to be able to join the book tour for the second book, A Stain on the Soul. I loved it even more than the first one – if you’re looking for a witchy read for October, I highly recommend this series!
When I finished the spectacular Ascension, I was so keen for the sequel I started reading it in the untranslated French! Turns out, there are a lot of spaceship words I don’t know, so I was thrilled to be approved for the translated Distortion on NetGalley.
It should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that I am an enormous fan of books about witches. Obviously, when I first heard of Picklewitch and Jack, I knew I was going to fall in love with this charming rascal of a witch and her uptight, brainbox friend – and I did!