Mini-Review: ‘Rumaysa: A Fairytale’ by Radiya Hafiza

[H]er favourite book, 'One Thousand and One Nights'...had beautiful drawings of palaces and animals, women in hijabs and men in magnificent robes. It was a relief to step into someone else's life and escape her tower room, if even just for a moment. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Children's fantasy; fairytale retellingsPublication: 1 April 2021Pages: … Continue reading Mini-Review: ‘Rumaysa: A Fairytale’ by Radiya Hafiza

First Lines Friday + Mini-review: ‘How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories’ (‘The Folk of the Air’, #3.5) by Holly Black

"She opened the portal, and the mind met her more than halfway. Inside, it was tropical and snowing, and the first flake of the blizzard of everything landed on her tongue and melted." Intriguing, vivid, and more than a little mind-bending. What do you think? 'No One is Talking About This' by Patricia Lockwood (publishing … Continue reading First Lines Friday + Mini-review: ‘How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories’ (‘The Folk of the Air’, #3.5) by Holly Black

Life update + Mini Review: ‘The Tea Dragon Society’, #1 by Kay O’Neill

What's going on in my life - reading and otherwise! Hi, hello, how are you? It's been a while... I know I've been really quiet on here recently with posting and blog-hopping - I've been working all January (and most of Dec) on my PhD applications so I've just been too exhausted to do much … Continue reading Life update + Mini Review: ‘The Tea Dragon Society’, #1 by Kay O’Neill

Mini-review: ‘Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy’ by Stevenson et al.

Rating: 4/5 paper planes Created by: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooklyn Allen (Illustrator), Maarta Laiho (Colourist), Aubrey Aiese (Letterer)Genre: Middle Grade adventure comic/graphic novelPublication: April 2015Pages: 128 (paperback)Synopsis: FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX! This volume collects Issues #1-4. At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, … Continue reading Mini-review: ‘Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy’ by Stevenson et al.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile :)

Today's topic: books that made me smile! Earlier today I saw Virginia @ The Sassy Library Fox's TTT, and she asked about different types of smiles. Now I've felt inspired to think about what specific kind of smile each of the books below elicit! 'The Graveyard Book' by Neil Gaiman - a wistful smile This … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile 🙂

Mini-Review: ‘Nimona’ by Noelle Stevenson

"You're not the first one who thought you could HELP me... or FIX me... or SAVE me... You're not the first one who thought you could CARE about me until you found out how bad it really was." Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: Science-Fiction-Fantasy (graphic novel) Synopsis: Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a … Continue reading Mini-Review: ‘Nimona’ by Noelle Stevenson

Mini-reviews: ‘Saga’ Vols. 1-4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Genre: Science-fiction (graphic novel/ongoing comic) Synopsis: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. This story sweeps across space following the star-crossed young couple as they struggle to raise their baby in a hostile universe...including fending … Continue reading Mini-reviews: ‘Saga’ Vols. 1-4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books I Read in 2019

It's been a hot minute since I did a TTT post! TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!) Where possible, I've included links to my full reviews in the headings. 1. 'I Was Born For This' by Alice Oseman My laptop … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books I Read in 2019

Mini review: Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies by Henderson & Garbett

You're right. You didn't kill my dad. But I didn't either. He sacrificed himself. Because he loved me. And giving you a single shred of credit for what he did takes away from that. Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (As good as, if not better than, Vol. 1!) Genre: Science-fiction (graphic novel) Synopsis: Willa … Continue reading Mini review: Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies by Henderson & Garbett

Mini-Review: The Wind in the Wall by Sally Gardner (illust. Rovina Cai)

Forgive me. It was a foolishness. Wishes are such sweet profanities; they fall so carelessly from the mouth. Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (4/5) Genre: Historical fantasy short story (graphic novel) Synopsis: 'I have no idea how long I have been incarcerated in these ancient walls . . . Let me explain how I find … Continue reading Mini-Review: The Wind in the Wall by Sally Gardner (illust. Rovina Cai)