Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Love ‘Railhead’

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Buckle up your space train seatbelts folks, because today I'm going to talk about why I love the 'Railhead' books by Philip Reeve! Genre: Sci-fi The Great Network: the place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains cross the galaxy in a heartbeat. Zen Starling is merely a petty thief, but when a mysterious stranger sends … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Love ‘Railhead’

Review: ‘The Once and Future Witches’ by Alix E. Harrow

The wayward sisters, hand in hand,Burned and bound, our stolen crown,But what is lost, that can't be found? Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Alternate-historical fantasy (19th century; witches; women's suffrage movement)Publication: 13 Oct 2020Pages: 528 (hardcover)Synopsis: In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the … Continue reading Review: ‘The Once and Future Witches’ by Alix E. Harrow

Review: ‘The Winter Duke’ by Claire Eliza Bartlett

I picked up the tiara and slid it onto my head. Strength. Pride. Rage. This was the legacy of my family, and if I had to use it to win, I would. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: YA High Fantasy (court intrigue)Publication: March/October 2020 (US/UK)Pages: 400 (hardcover)Synopsis: Once Ekata’s brother is finally named heir to … Continue reading Review: ‘The Winter Duke’ by Claire Eliza Bartlett

Review: ‘Legendborn’ (‘Legendborn’, #1) by Tracy Deonn

"Legends are dangerous, Bree. Don't underestimate them." Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA urban fantasy (Arthurian legend)Publication: 15 Sep 2020Pages: 512 (hardcover) Synopsis: After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like … Continue reading Review: ‘Legendborn’ (‘Legendborn’, #1) by Tracy Deonn

Review: ‘Loud Black Girls’ edited by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

The fact is that plurality, polyvocality, multiplicity - however we describe it - functions to counterbalance invisibility and reductionist stereotyping. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: Nonfiction (essay anthology)Publication: 1 October 2020Pages: 256 (hardcover)Synopsis: Despite young black women reading more than any other ethnic group in the UK, they are still largely invisible as published authors. Loud … Continue reading Review: ‘Loud Black Girls’ edited by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

Review, Top Quotes and 5 Reasons to read ‘Forget This Ever Happened’ by Cassandra Rose Clarke (TBR and Beyond Tours)

Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA Sci-Fi; MysteryPublication: 6 Oct 2020Pages: 336 (hardcover) Synopsis: Sometimes there’s a town called Indianola. And sometimes there isn’t. Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There’s nothing remarkable about Indianola, a dot on the Gulf … Continue reading Review, Top Quotes and 5 Reasons to read ‘Forget This Ever Happened’ by Cassandra Rose Clarke (TBR and Beyond Tours)

Review: ‘A Deadly Education’ (‘Scholomance’, #1) by Naomi Novik

Most wizards have to work at it to steal power from a living thing. There are rituals, exercises of will, voodoo dolls, blood sacrifices. Lots of blood sacrifices. I barely have to try. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA Fantasy (magical boarding school)Publication: 29 Sep 2020Pages: 336 (hardcover) Synopsis: Enter a school of magic unlike … Continue reading Review: ‘A Deadly Education’ (‘Scholomance’, #1) by Naomi Novik

Review: ‘How It All Blew Up’ by Arvin Ahmadi

A mother's job is simple: it is to love her children, unconditionally. I am beginning to realize that from the moment my children were born, I have looked at them and loved them with certain conditions in mind. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporary (LGBTQ+; coming-of-age)Publication: 22 Sep 2020Pages: 304 (hardcover)Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi … Continue reading Review: ‘How It All Blew Up’ by Arvin Ahmadi

Review: ‘To Sleep in a Sea of Stars’ by Christopher Paolini

"We are aware. we are conscious. And we are made from the same stuff as the heavens... We are the universe watching itself, watching and learning." Rating: 4.25/5 paper planes Genre: Science fiction (space opera)Publication: 15 Sep 2020Pages: 880 (hardcover) Synopsis: Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she's awakened a nightmare. During … Continue reading Review: ‘To Sleep in a Sea of Stars’ by Christopher Paolini

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall/Autumn TBR!

Wasn't planning on posting today but decided to treat myself to some down-time with listening to some BTS bops while blogging and re-doing my TTT banner! Been a tad stressed and more than a bit busy recently: I just had a job interview this morning, re-submitted my application for Outreach Officer (in the British Association … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall/Autumn TBR!

Let’s Talk Bookish: The Pros and Cons of Book Blogging

This is my first time doing a Let's Talk Bookish/discussion post! Here we go... ProsConsGetting to read new releases/ARCs! Especially discovering NetGalley (and now Edelweiss!) Getting to be part of book tours is cool as well.Pressure to keep up with new releases and neglecting books I've wanted to read for ages. (Especially if I've over-requested … Continue reading Let’s Talk Bookish: The Pros and Cons of Book Blogging