I was so lucky to win a copy of this amazing book from Duckworth Books, as I’m a big fan of Eleanor Herman’s writing, and I love learning about the history of early medicine and cosmetics – especially when they’re actually poisonous!
Yeah, no surprise, I’m still here for NineStar’s queer fantasy! A Dance of Water and Air looked really intriguing as I love elemental magic, and it’s got cute boys being cute together!
Between requesting this book and getting around to reading it, I have to admit that I completely forgot what it was about, so when I eventually did pick it up, I was really pleased to find that it was right up my street!
At this point, when I see a new queer fantasy pop up on NetGalley from NineStar Press, I’m requesting before I’ve even really registered it! So far it seems to be working well, because A Deceptive Alliance is a wonderful fluffy fantasy romance which I absolutely adored.
You already know that I love any magical baking story – something about the concept of baking spells into cake just really makes me happy. This series is a really great example of heartwarming YA/NA contemporary witch fantasy! (Plus, I am living for the aesthetic of these covers!)
I don’t know if I’m getting a little burned out on romance, or if this book just wasn’t for me, but I found this second-chance historical romance perfectly sweet but a little uninspiring… Continue reading “Review: The Duke I Once Knew”
If you glanced at my Twitter even at all during the summer, you’ll know that Girls of Paper and Fire was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I was so lucky to be sent an ARC by the publishers, and it’s honestly taken me this long to sort my thoughts out coherently about it – but the main takeaway point is: it’s SO good.
Vintage kids’ books are one of my favourite things to read in winter, and I was completely tempted by the beautiful new cover of The Swish of the Curtain, which was originally published in 1941. It’s absolutely delightful and I’m really glad that a new generation gets to discover it!
The Enchanted Sonata is the Pied Piper/Nutcracker mashup-retelling (with a sprinkling of Phantom of the Opera) that you never knew you needed! It’s a lyrical, magical tale that’s perfect for Christmas. Continue reading “Review: The Enchanted Sonata”
A very festive review today! The Cat of Yule Cottage combines mystery, magic, village life, Cornish traditions and cats into one enthralling read…