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: ‘Paris By Starlight’ by Robert Dinsdale

"The world is full of impossible questions, Isabelle. You can't hope to get it right. You just have to get it least wrong." Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Adult magical realismPublication: 5 Nov 2020 (Del Rey)Pages: 480 (hardcover) Synopsis: Every city has its own magic... Every night on their long journey to Paris from their … Continue reading Review: ‘Paris By Starlight’ by Robert Dinsdale

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: ‘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: ‘To Sleep in a Sea of Stars’ by Christopher Paolini

"We are aware. we are conscious. And we are made from the same stuff as the heavens... We are the universe watching itself, watching and learning." Rating: 4.25/5 paper planes Genre: Science fiction (space opera)Publication: 15 Sep 2020Pages: 880 (hardcover) Synopsis: Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she's awakened a nightmare. During … Continue reading Review: ‘To Sleep in a Sea of Stars’ by Christopher Paolini

#5OnMyTBR: This is Gonna Be My Year (aka 2020 releases!)

Today's titles are all 2020 releases that I'm hyped for! There are so many awesome-sounding books out in 2020 (perhaps this is indeed 'gonna be my year'?). I'm excited to find out if any of the below will turn out to be new favourites! Please tell me someone gets the Z-O-M-B-I-E-S reference... 'Bonds of Brass' … Continue reading #5OnMyTBR: This is Gonna Be My Year (aka 2020 releases!)

Review: ‘The Space Between Worlds’ by Micaiah Johnson

I have seen two worlds now and the space between. We are a wonder... Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: Science fiction (parallel universes, interdimensional travel) Publication: 4 Aug 2020 Pages: 336 pages (hardback) Synopsis: The multiverse business is booming, but there's just one catch: no one can visit a world where their counterpart is still … Continue reading Review: ‘The Space Between Worlds’ by Micaiah Johnson

Review: ‘The Secret of You and Me’ by Melissa Lenhardt

"She read 'The Handmaid's Tale' in freshman sociology and turned into a lesbian.""From reading a book? I don't think it works like that.""How would you know?" Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Contemporary/LGBTQ+/Romance/Women's Fiction Publication: 4th August 2020 (aka today! Happy book birthday!) Pages: 374 (Kindle edition) Synopsis: Nora hasn’t looked back. Not since she left … Continue reading Review: ‘The Secret of You and Me’ by Melissa Lenhardt

Review: ‘The Light Between Stars’ (edited by Catherine Fitzsimmons)

If there is any theme that all of these stories have adhered to, it is the idea of the magic in the mundane. Rating: 3.75/5 paper planes Genre: Speculative fiction anthology (SFF, dystopian, alternate historical fiction) Publication: 17th July 2020 Pages: 210 (ebook) Synopsis: Charging selflessly into danger, facing the mortality of an artificially extended … Continue reading Review: ‘The Light Between Stars’ (edited by Catherine Fitzsimmons)

Review: ‘Loveless’ by Alice Oseman

Maybe it's not the heteronormative dream that she grew up wishing for, but...knowing who you are and loving yourself is so much better than that, I think. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporary (LGBTQIA+ coming of age) Publication: 9th July 2020 Pages: 448 Synopsis: Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never … Continue reading Review: ‘Loveless’ by Alice Oseman