...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)
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
"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
[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
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
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
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've got a few to share today! I've completed two characters so far for the #SixFanarts challenge that's been going around: Inej Ghafa (from 'Six of Crows' by Leigh Bardugo) Inej is just such an amazing character, inspiring and a role model for me! She's the Dregs member I aspire to be, though in reality … Continue reading #FanartFriday: Inej Ghafa and Tedros of Camelot
In her years at school, Good and Evil played by the rules.But in the Camelot years? Play by the rules and you die. Rating: Glow-level 5/5 paper planes Genre: YA/Middle-grade adventure-fantasy Synopsis: Beyond Good and Evil. Beyond Ever Afters. The fairy tale of Sophie and Agatha comes to a dramatic conclusion in this sixth and … Continue reading Review: ‘One True King’ (‘The School for Good and Evil’, #6) by Soman Chainani