...I turn slowly.The head of the Grendilock is peering back through the curtain of ivy. I can see myself reflected in the empty blackness of its insect eyes.I look afraid. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: Children's/Middle-Grade Fantasy; Contemporary Fantasy; Adventure; LGBTQ+; AnimalsPublication: 3 March 2022Pages: 304 (paperback) Synopsis: Between bullies at school and changes at … Continue reading Review: ‘The Last Firefox’ by Lee Newbery (illust. Laura Catalan)
The crane was a constellation of seven stars northeast of the moon...Father had named those seven stars after us seven children... "No matter where life takes you," he would say, "you will be like those stars - connected by the light you shine together."All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), subject to change … Continue reading Review: ‘Six Crimson Cranes’ (‘Six Crimson Cranes’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim
White rectangle with large font swirly text reading 'First Lines Friday' and below it reads in smaller all caps font 'A weekly book feature hosted by Wandering Words'. Behind the white rectangle are teal and peach bokeh lights background design. Without further ado, here's round 1... First-day-back assemblies are the most pointless practice ever.And that's … Continue reading Triple round of First Lines Friday + September book haul!
I find myself on top of Coconut Hill, in front of the view of the shimmering blue sea - inviting, magical, but dangerous.[All quotes are from the ARC, subject to change in the final edition.] Rating: 4.9/5 paper planes Genre: Middle-grade contemporary fantasyPublication: 6 July 2021 (Scholastic)Pages: 304 (hardcover) Synopsis: Meet Josephine, the most loveable … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: ‘Josephine Against the Sea’ by Shakirah Bourne
Day after day and night after night, she spun the dawn and unraveled the dusk. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasyPublication: 4 March 2021 (originally published 9 July 2019 in hardback)Pages: 416 (paperback) Synopsis (from Hachette): On the fringes of the Great Spice Road, Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the … Continue reading Review: ‘Spin the Dawn’ (‘The Blood of Stars’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim
[T]o live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. And to burn in the memories of our friends is to never say goodbye. Rating: 3.85/5 paper planes Genre: High fantasyPublication: 5 Sep 2017Pages: 419 (hardback) Synopsis: The greatest games in Godsgrave’s history have ended with the most audacious murders in … Continue reading Review: ‘Darkdawn’ (‘The Nevernight Chronicle’, #3) by Jay Kristoff
The sea and sky were our universe, and the boat was our world. A planet that had broken gravity and left its star. Drifting in the inky blue. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Adventure contemporary (survival story)Publication: 8 Aug 2019 (Head of Zeus)Pages: 320 (hardcover) Synopsis: A young British boy, Bill, narrowly survives a shipwreck … Continue reading Review: ‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ by Chris Vick
She looked out at the stars and planned her next game.Queens kill king. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Science-fiction (space opera)Publication: 6 Aug 2020Pages: 448 (e-book)Synopsis: Eris thought she had left her old life as the Heir to the galaxy's most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Resistance throws her right back into … Continue reading Review: ‘Seven Devils’ (‘Seven Devils’, #1) by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May
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.
“I need my own origin story,” Nick announced grandly. “I'm going to become an Extraordinary.”“Nicky, no.”“Nicky, yes!” Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasy (superheroes); LGBTQ+; coming-of-age Publication: 16th July 2020 Synopsis: Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. In Nova City, there are 'Extraordinaries', capable of impossible feats. Shadow Star protects the city … Continue reading Review: ‘The Extraordinaries’ (‘The Extraordinaries’, #1) by TJ Klune