Review: ‘Pride’ by Ibi Zoboi (narr. Elizabeth Acevedo)

Genre: YA contemporary romance; retelling ('Pride and Prejudice')Publication: 18 Sep 2018Listening length: 6 hours (1x speed) Synopsis: Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, … Continue reading Review: ‘Pride’ by Ibi Zoboi (narr. Elizabeth Acevedo)

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

Book Tour Stop: Review and Favourite Quotes from ‘I Think I Love You’ by Auriane Desombre!

I fell in love with the idea of love as I watched it written large across my television screen. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA LGBTQ+ contemporaryPublication: 2 March 2021Pages: 320 (paperback) Synopsis: A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it . . . and finding out that real … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: Review and Favourite Quotes from ‘I Think I Love You’ by Auriane Desombre!

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: ‘These Violent Delights’ (‘These Violent Delights’, #1) by Chloe Gong

"Astra inclinant," [Roma] would whisper into the wind, so heartachingly sincere even when quoting in Latin, "sed non obligant."The stars incline us, they do not bind us. Rating: 4.95/5 paper planes Genre: Historical fantasy (retelling, 'Romeo & Juliet')Publication: 17 Nov 2020Pages: 464 (hardcover) Synopsis: The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of … Continue reading Review: ‘These Violent Delights’ (‘These Violent Delights’, #1) by Chloe Gong

Review: ‘Cinderella is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron

I don't want to be saved by some knight in shining armor. I'd like to be the one in armor, and I'd like to be the one doing the saving. Rating: 3/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy (fairytale retelling) Publication: 7 July (US); 6 Aug 2020 (UK) Pages: 400 (paperback) Synopsis: It's been 200 years since … Continue reading Review: ‘Cinderella is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron

Review: ‘One True King’ (‘The School for Good and Evil’, #6) by Soman Chainani

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

Review: ‘Girl, Serpent, Thorn’ by Melissa Bashardoust (ARC)

[Soraya] had read enough stories to know that the princess and the monster were never the same. She had been alone long enough to know which one she was. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasy (retelling, Persian mythology) Publication date: 7th July 2020 Synopsis: There was and there was not, as all stories begin, … Continue reading Review: ‘Girl, Serpent, Thorn’ by Melissa Bashardoust (ARC)

Top 5 Saturday: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Titles with Numbers in Them

'Twenties Girl' by Sophie Kinsella Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don't get visited by ghosts. Or do they? When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie-a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way … Continue reading Top 5 Saturday: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Titles with Numbers in Them