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

Review: ‘How It All Blew Up’ by Arvin Ahmadi

A mother's job is simple: it is to love her children, unconditionally. I am beginning to realize that from the moment my children were born, I have looked at them and loved them with certain conditions in mind. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporary (LGBTQ+; coming-of-age)Publication: 22 Sep 2020Pages: 304 (hardcover)Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi … Continue reading Review: ‘How It All Blew Up’ by Arvin Ahmadi

Review: ‘One Wish, One Choice’ by Abby Hope Patrick

"None of us would be here if we only thought about our reasons. We're helping you because you need it. Because at one point we've all needed help and we had each other for that. Now it's our turn to help you." Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA dystopian fantasyPublication: 1 Sep 2020Pages: 272 (paperback) … Continue reading Review: ‘One Wish, One Choice’ by Abby Hope Patrick

Review: ‘Court of Lions’ (‘Mirage’, #2) by Somaiya Daud

Sacred fire only ever came to the brave and courageous. Hope was given to a person who might reshape the world... For We have sent unto you a Sign. See it and take heed. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA science-fiction fantasyPublication: 6 Aug 2020Pages: 336 (e-book) Synopsis: Amani, kidnapped into serving as a body … Continue reading Review: ‘Court of Lions’ (‘Mirage’, #2) by Somaiya Daud

Review: ‘Nick and Charlie’ (‘Solitaire’, #1.5) by Alice Oseman

I wish I could turn back time. I wish I could keep turning back time to Thursday, and every time I got to the end of Thursday, I'd rewind time to the beginning of Thursday again, and I'd just be with Nick every day for the rest of my life. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: … Continue reading Review: ‘Nick and Charlie’ (‘Solitaire’, #1.5) by Alice Oseman

Review: ‘The Black Kids’ by Christina Hammonds Reed

Sometimes people, they see your skin, and all they know of you is war. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: Historical fiction; coming-of-age Publication: 4 Aug 2020 Pages: 368 (hardback) Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1992. It’s the end of senior year. Ashley and her friends can already feel the endless possibilities of summer. Everything changes when four … Continue reading Review: ‘The Black Kids’ by Christina Hammonds Reed

Review: ‘The Raven King’ (‘The Raven Cycle’, #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

[Gansey] was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA paranormal fantasy Publication: April 2016 Length: 11h 51m (audiobook); 439 pages (hardback) Synopsis: All her life, … Continue reading Review: ‘The Raven King’ (‘The Raven Cycle’, #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

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: ‘Feathertide’ by Beth Cartwright

The world doesn't always understand things that are different. Genre: YA Fantasy Publication: 30 July 2020 Pages: 432 (hardback) Synopsis: A girl. A secret. A life-changing journey.  Born covered in the feathers of a bird, and kept hidden in a crumbling house full of secrets, Maréa has always known she was different, but never known why. … Continue reading Review: ‘Feathertide’ by Beth Cartwright

Review: ‘Blue Lily, Lily Blue’ (‘The Raven Cycle’, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

“A coward’s heart is no prize, but the man of valour deserves his shining helmet.” Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA Fantasy (paranormal) Publication: October 2014 Pages: 391 (hardback); 10 hours (audiobook) Synopsis: Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which … Continue reading Review: ‘Blue Lily, Lily Blue’ (‘The Raven Cycle’, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater