Review: ‘Spin the Dawn’ (‘The Blood of Stars’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

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

Book Tour Stop: Review + Top 5 Reasons to Read ‘Sugar and Spite’ by Gail D. Villanueva

"Magic can't heal everything, can it?""No, it cannot heal everything. Like I said, it's only a temporary fix. True healing must come from within the patient themselves." Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Middle-grade contemporary fantasyPublication: 20 April 2021Pages: 208 (hardback) Synopsis: Can a bully be defeated by a magical love potion? Jolina can’t take Claudine’s … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: Review + Top 5 Reasons to Read ‘Sugar and Spite’ by Gail D. Villanueva

Book Tour Stop: Review of ‘Malice’ by Heather Walter

Today's my stop on the 'MALICE' book tour and I'm super excited to finally post my review! [A] single tear tracks down her cheek. It might as well be an ocean. I will drown in it. Rating: 4.25/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy (fairytale retelling, villain origin story, LGBTQ+)Publication: 13 April 2021Pages: 400 (hardcover) Synopsis: Once … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: Review of ‘Malice’ by Heather Walter

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

Review: ‘Darkdawn’ (‘The Nevernight Chronicle’, #3) by Jay Kristoff

[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

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

Review: ‘The Gilded Ones’ (‘Deathless’, #1) by Namina Forna

"I don't want you to be sorry... I want you to keep the memory of my scars. I need someone to remember what happened to me." Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA high fantasy; feminist fantasyPublication: 9th Feb 2021Pages: 432 (ebook) Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will … Continue reading Review: ‘The Gilded Ones’ (‘Deathless’, #1) by Namina Forna

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

Review: ‘The Charmed Wife’ by Olga Grushin

All I want is to be free - free of him, free of my past, free of my story.Free of myself, the way I was when I was with him. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy (fairytale retellings); feminism; postmodern literaturePublication: 21 Jan 2021Pages: 288 (hardcover) Synopsis (from Goodreads): Cinderella married the man of her … Continue reading Review: ‘The Charmed Wife’ by Olga Grushin

Review: ‘Cemetery Boys’ by Aiden Thomas

Below, the waves crashed. The moonlight painted [Julian] in shades of blue. His edges blurred like watercolors spilling outside of their lines. Rating: 4.25/5 paper planes Genre: YA LGBTQ+ paranormal/urban fantasyPublication: 1 Sep 2020Pages: 352 (hardcover) Synopsis: Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him. When his traditional Latinx family … Continue reading Review: ‘Cemetery Boys’ by Aiden Thomas