REVIEW: The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang

'A powerful epic fantasy novel with roots in the 20th-century history of China. Opium runs through the heart of the Nikara Empire, a constant reminder of the war with the Federation of Mugen that brought it to the empire’s shores. A war that only ended thanks to three heroes – the Vipress, the Dragon Emperor … Continue reading REVIEW: The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang


REVIEW: ‘The Map of Salt and Stars’ – Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

'This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker—places today’s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Map of Salt and Stars’ – Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar


REVIEW: ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ – Beth Underdown

When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ – Beth Underdown


REVIEW: ‘The Hazel Wood’ – Melissa Albert

  'Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Hazel Wood’ – Melissa Albert


REVIEW: ‘Swansong’ – Kerry Andrew

'In this stunningly assured, immersive and vividly atmospheric first novel, a young woman comes face-to-face with the volatile, haunted wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.'   Published: January 25th 2018 by Jonathan Cape ~ Following a disturbing incident in London, English Literature student Polly heads to the Scottish Highlands on holiday with her mother, in a bid … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘Swansong’ – Kerry Andrew


REVIEW: ‘The Wicked Cometh’ – Laura Carlin

'Down the murky alleyways of London, acts of unspeakable wickedness are taking place and no one is willing to speak out on behalf of the city's vulnerable poor as they disappear from the streets. Out of these shadows comes Hester White, a bright young woman who is desperate to escape the slums by any means … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Wicked Cometh’ – Laura Carlin

REVIEW: ‘While I Was Sleeping’ – Dani Atkins

~Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not associated with the author or publisher in any way. My opinion is completely unbiased and entirely my own~ My rating: 3* While I Was Sleeping is a contemporary novel about a 28 year old woman who wakes from a coma after being hit … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘While I Was Sleeping’ – Dani Atkins

REVIEW: The Queens of Innis Lear – Tessa Gratton

'Tessa Gratton's debut epic adult fantasy, The Queens of Innis Lear, brings to life a world that hums with ancient magic, and characters as ruthless as the tides. The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations … Continue reading REVIEW: The Queens of Innis Lear – Tessa Gratton

REVIEW: A Shout in the Ruins – Kevin Powers

'Following his hugely celebrated debut novel, The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers returns to the battlefield and its aftermath, this time in his native Virginia, just before and during the Civil War and ninety years later. The novel pinpoints with unerring emotional depth the nature of random violence, the necessity of love and compassion, and the fragility … Continue reading REVIEW: A Shout in the Ruins – Kevin Powers

REVIEW: ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ – Alexandra Christo

APOLOGIES FOR HOW THIS POST IS FORMATTED, FOR SOME REASON WHEN I PUBLISH ALL THE PARAGRAPHS RUN INTO EACH OTHER WHICH IS NOT ACTUALLY WHAT I TYPED... "I have a heart for every year I've been alive. There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle just … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ – Alexandra Christo

REVIEW: ‘The Nevernight Chronicle: Godsgrave’ – Jay Kristoff

'A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff. Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.' Hardcover, 421 pages Published September … Continue reading REVIEW: ‘The Nevernight Chronicle: Godsgrave’ – Jay Kristoff