A middle grade retelling of Cinderella with a sassy magical heroine, a ridiculous talking dog, and a fairy godmother named Brian? It’s a recipe for a rather madcap adventure!
Chris Wooding’s fairy tale horror book Poison was one of my absolute favourites as a child, so I was keen to see how he’d do turning his hand to classic fantasy. Unfortunately, this one let me down, a lot…
This book has been tempting me with its pretty proof for ages now, so I’m so happy I got to read it! It’s a really lovely middle grade read that sensitively explores grief and familial love.
Living in Oxford, you can’t help but be beset by CS Lewis facts and stories all the time. Somehow, though, I didn’t know anything about the woman that became his wife, the poet Joy Davidman, and so I was very intrigued to read her story – but I wasn’t expecting this book to have so much of an impact on me!
I was initially tempted to try this book by the fact that it was a mini collection of works in a series. I like romance series that focus on siblings, and have them pop up in each others’ stories, so the Lyons family sounded great. I got much more than I bargained for, though, because this family is far more intense than the average…
From the moment the email about this book dropped into my inbox, I could see it was going to be exactly the kind of fun, energetic kids book I love, with the kind of heroine I can’t resist!
As a teen, I was a huge fan of Jaclyn Moriarty’s quirky, personable epistolary YA, so I was really excited to see that she had written her first adult novel! It captures that same eccentric spirit as her YA works, but manages to be something completely different.
I was instantly sold on this novella the moment I heard about it – creepy English folklore and queer romance is basically my ideal read. I was thrilled to be approved for it on NetGalley, and I already know I’m going to need a hard copy!
But soft, what book through yonder letterbox breaks? It is hilarious, and I had so much fun!
As a kid, I never spent the Easter holidays racing around the countryside on my bike with my cousins solving crimes, but somehow this book managed to make me feel nostalgic for exactly that!