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.
Review: William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls
But soft, what book through yonder letterbox breaks? It is hilarious, and I had so much fun!
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Review: Clifftoppers – The Arrowhead Moor Adventure
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!
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Review: Maddy Alone, Golden Pavements, Blue Door Venture
Today’s review is actually three mini-reviews! I adored The Swish of the Curtain, a 1940s book about a group of kids and young adults who set up an amateur theatre company in their village, and these three books are sequels to that. I recommend you read my review of the first book first, as that will make this make more sense…
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A modernised, college-set revamp of Le Fanu’s Carmilla? I was intrigued from the get-go, and was not disappointed!
Review: Poseidon’s Academy
You know I love a magical boarding school, and as a Classicist I was really tempted by the description of Poseidon’s Academy when it popped up on NetGalley. This is a super enjoyable middle grade school adventure!
Review: The Dragon In The Library
How could I resist a middle grade tale about dragons and libraries? Well, I couldn’t. This book is just perfect, as if it was written for me, and a whole dragon’s hoard of young bookworms are going to adore it!
Review: The Time Travel Diaries
I was so excited when I saw Caroline Lawrence was writing a new book, because the Roman Mysteries series was one of my favourites as a kid. Really, they led me to get into Lindsey Davis’ Falco mysteries as a teen, and between the two, they’re responsible for my entire Classics degree. So when I heard about The Time Travel Diaries, I instantly knew I had to read this one!
Oh gosh, Viper was a book I fell in love with from the moment I first saw it. Things I adore on covers are intricate graphic design, metallic foil, and snakes, so this really hit the jackpot for me! Then I realised it was a swashbuckling, piratical adventure with fantasy politics and a kickass heroine, and I was completely sold.
Review: Once and Future
Listen, I was sold on this book the second someone said the words: “Gay space King Arthur”.