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

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

Review: ‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ by Chris Vick

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

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, Favourite Quotes and Top 5 Reasons to Read ‘Master of One’ by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett

Check out the tour schedule HERE for all the stops! Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA high fantasy (fae)Publication: 10 Nov 2020Pages: 544 (hardcover) Synopsis: Sinister sorcery. Gallows humor. A queer romance so glorious it could be right out of fae legend itself. 'Master of One' is a fantasy unlike any other. Rags is a thief—an excellent … Continue reading Review, Favourite Quotes and Top 5 Reasons to Read ‘Master of One’ by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett

Review: ‘The Winter Duke’ by Claire Eliza Bartlett

I picked up the tiara and slid it onto my head. Strength. Pride. Rage. This was the legacy of my family, and if I had to use it to win, I would. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: YA High Fantasy (court intrigue)Publication: March/October 2020 (US/UK)Pages: 400 (hardcover)Synopsis: Once Ekata’s brother is finally named heir to … Continue reading Review: ‘The Winter Duke’ by Claire Eliza Bartlett

Review: ‘Legendborn’ (‘Legendborn’, #1) by Tracy Deonn

"Legends are dangerous, Bree. Don't underestimate them." Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA urban fantasy (Arthurian legend)Publication: 15 Sep 2020Pages: 512 (hardcover) Synopsis: After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like … Continue reading Review: ‘Legendborn’ (‘Legendborn’, #1) by Tracy Deonn

Review, Top Quotes and 5 Reasons to read ‘Forget This Ever Happened’ by Cassandra Rose Clarke (TBR and Beyond Tours)

Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA Sci-Fi; MysteryPublication: 6 Oct 2020Pages: 336 (hardcover) Synopsis: Sometimes there’s a town called Indianola. And sometimes there isn’t. Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There’s nothing remarkable about Indianola, a dot on the Gulf … Continue reading Review, Top Quotes and 5 Reasons to read ‘Forget This Ever Happened’ by Cassandra Rose Clarke (TBR and Beyond Tours)

Review: ‘A Deadly Education’ (‘Scholomance’, #1) by Naomi Novik

Most wizards have to work at it to steal power from a living thing. There are rituals, exercises of will, voodoo dolls, blood sacrifices. Lots of blood sacrifices. I barely have to try. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA Fantasy (magical boarding school)Publication: 29 Sep 2020Pages: 336 (hardcover) Synopsis: Enter a school of magic unlike … Continue reading Review: ‘A Deadly Education’ (‘Scholomance’, #1) by Naomi Novik