Review: ‘Skin of the Sea’ (‘Skin of the Sea’, #1) by Natasha Bowen

"In the water there are many things that mankind doesn't know about...When you peel back the skin of the sea, you never know what you will find."All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), which may differ to the final version. Rating: 3.8/5 paper planes Genre: YA Historical Fantasy (15th Century C.E.); Mythology (West … Continue reading Review: ‘Skin of the Sea’ (‘Skin of the Sea’, #1) by Natasha Bowen

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: ‘Ace of Spades’ by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Growing up, I realized quite quickly that people hate being called racist more than they hate racism itself. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: YA mystery-thrillerPublication: 10 June 2021 (UK)Pages: 470 (paperback) Synopsis: Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, … Continue reading Review: ‘Ace of Spades’ by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Review: ‘The Wolf and the Woodsman’ by Ava Reid

This is a power I've always had, one that I've earned, one that can't be taken from me by some capricious god. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy, mythological and historical inspirationPublication: 8 June 2021Pages: 448 (hardcover) Synopsis: In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly … Continue reading Review: ‘The Wolf and the Woodsman’ by Ava Reid

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

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: ‘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: ‘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: ‘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: ‘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