Mini-Review: ‘Rumaysa: A Fairytale’ by Radiya Hafiza

[H]er favourite book, 'One Thousand and One Nights'...had beautiful drawings of palaces and animals, women in hijabs and men in magnificent robes. It was a relief to step into someone else's life and escape her tower room, if even just for a moment. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Children's fantasy; fairytale retellingsPublication: 1 April 2021Pages: … Continue reading Mini-Review: ‘Rumaysa: A Fairytale’ by Radiya Hafiza

Mini-Review: ‘Fence, Vol. 1’ by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad (illus.)

This volume collects Issues #1-4 of 'Fence'. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporary (sports); graphic novel/comicPublication: 2018Pages: 112 (paperback) Synopsis: Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete.  After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row … Continue reading Mini-Review: ‘Fence, Vol. 1’ by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad (illus.)

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

Life update + Mini Review: ‘The Tea Dragon Society’, #1 by Kay O’Neill

What's going on in my life - reading and otherwise! Hi, hello, how are you? It's been a while... I know I've been really quiet on here recently with posting and blog-hopping - I've been working all January (and most of Dec) on my PhD applications so I've just been too exhausted to do much … Continue reading Life update + Mini Review: ‘The Tea Dragon Society’, #1 by Kay O’Neill

Mini-Review: ‘Nimona’ by Noelle Stevenson

"You're not the first one who thought you could HELP me... or FIX me... or SAVE me... You're not the first one who thought you could CARE about me until you found out how bad it really was." Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: Science-Fiction-Fantasy (graphic novel) Synopsis: Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a … Continue reading Mini-Review: ‘Nimona’ by Noelle Stevenson

Mini-reviews: ‘Saga’ Vols. 1-4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Genre: Science-fiction (graphic novel/ongoing comic) Synopsis: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. This story sweeps across space following the star-crossed young couple as they struggle to raise their baby in a hostile universe...including fending … Continue reading Mini-reviews: ‘Saga’ Vols. 1-4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples