Review: ‘Iron Widow’ (‘Iron Widow’, #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao

He should be the Iron King, and I should be the Iron Queen.Yet Iron Demon and Iron Widow is all they'll let us be.This will not do. I will not let this power go. Rating: 4.75/5 paper planes Genre: YA (I'd say upper range) sci-fi fantasy; mecha; Chinese historical retellingPublication: 7 Oct 2021 (UK)Pages: 394 … Continue reading Review: ‘Iron Widow’ (‘Iron Widow’, #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao

Review: ‘Six Crimson Cranes’ (‘Six Crimson Cranes’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

The crane was a constellation of seven stars northeast of the moon...Father had named those seven stars after us seven children... "No matter where life takes you," he would say, "you will be like those stars - connected by the light you shine together."All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), subject to change … Continue reading Review: ‘Six Crimson Cranes’ (‘Six Crimson Cranes’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

Review: ‘In The Watchful City’ by S. Qiouyi Lu

"White is the color of death... The color of pictures and clothes and bones left untended and eaten by the suns. But black?... Black is the color of life. When you dig into damp, dark dirt to plant a seed or look at the space between stars, wondering - that's life." Rating: 3.5/5 paper planes … Continue reading Review: ‘In The Watchful City’ by S. Qiouyi Lu

Review: ‘The Language of the Flowers’ (‘The Language of the Flowers’, #1) by K. Pigeon

“Vow to vow, blood to blood, soul to soul. For as long as the sun shines, the wind roams, the sea flows, and the earth pulses, may you belong to each other, never to part. I give you the Cadre Tiresias’s blessing.” Rating: 3/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy (romance; shapeshifting; time-travel)Publication: 9 March 2021Pages: 257 … Continue reading Review: ‘The Language of the Flowers’ (‘The Language of the Flowers’, #1) by K. Pigeon

Review: ‘The Ones We’re Meant to Find’ by Joan He

Every other sleep, I dream of swimming to the horizon and finding my sister at the edge of the world. She takes me by the hand and leads us home. Home means a city in the sky, sometimes. Or another island. Home could be here, for all I care, if she were with me. Rating: … Continue reading Review: ‘The Ones We’re Meant to Find’ by Joan He

Review: ‘Unravel the Dusk’ (‘The Blood of Stars’, #2) by Elizabeth Lim

"You said that I am your oath now," I whispered, "so I bind you to me. No matter what happens, come back on the ninth day of the ninth month. Every year, I will wait for you - by the sea where I grew up, back home in Port Kamalan." Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: … Continue reading Review: ‘Unravel the Dusk’ (‘The Blood of Stars’, #2) by Elizabeth Lim

Review: ‘Spin the Dawn’ (‘The Blood of Stars’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

Day after day and night after night, she spun the dawn and unraveled the dusk. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasyPublication: 4 March 2021 (originally published 9 July 2019 in hardback)Pages: 416 (paperback) Synopsis (from Hachette): On the fringes of the Great Spice Road, Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the … Continue reading Review: ‘Spin the Dawn’ (‘The Blood of Stars’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

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: ‘Descendant of the Crane’ by Joan He

May the queen live ten thousand years, ten thousand years, ten thousand ten thousand years. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasy Published: April 2019 Synopsis: Princess Hesina has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an … Continue reading Review: ‘Descendant of the Crane’ by Joan He

Review: ‘The Super Secret Book’ by Tian En

Diamond City is famous for three things. The sale of chewing gum is banned, each citizen's first and last name starts with the same letter, and most importantly, we have the Super Secret. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Middle-grade superhero novel Synopsis: Violet Vivien is your not-so-typical seventeen-year-old girl. Better known as the sharpshooting superhero … Continue reading Review: ‘The Super Secret Book’ by Tian En