Review: ‘An Unkindness of Ghosts’ by Rivers Solomon

[Aster] was standing on the edge of a new world and so ready to jump. How Lucifer felt upon leaving the Heavens. He didn't fall. He dove. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Science-fiction; Afrofuturism; dystopian fictionPublication: 3 Oct 2017Pages: 351 (paperback) Synopsis: Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn - botanist and healer Aster Gray has little to offer … Continue reading Review: ‘An Unkindness of Ghosts’ by Rivers Solomon

Review: ‘Open Water’ by Caleb Azumah Nelson

You know that to love is both to swim and to drown. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Contemporary romance, literary fictionPublication: 4 Feb 2020Pages: 145 (hardcover) Synopsis: Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are … Continue reading Review: ‘Open Water’ by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Review: ‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ by Chris Vick

The sea and sky were our universe, and the boat was our world. A planet that had broken gravity and left its star. Drifting in the inky blue. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Adventure contemporary (survival story)Publication: 8 Aug 2019 (Head of Zeus)Pages: 320 (hardcover) Synopsis: A young British boy, Bill, narrowly survives a shipwreck … Continue reading Review: ‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ by Chris Vick

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: ‘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: ‘One True King’ (‘The School for Good and Evil’, #6) by Soman Chainani

In her years at school, Good and Evil played by the rules.But in the Camelot years? Play by the rules and you die. Rating: Glow-level 5/5 paper planes Genre: YA/Middle-grade adventure-fantasy Synopsis: Beyond Good and Evil. Beyond Ever Afters. The fairy tale of Sophie and Agatha comes to a dramatic conclusion in this sixth and … Continue reading Review: ‘One True King’ (‘The School for Good and Evil’, #6) by Soman Chainani

Thursday Tunes: Quests For Glory

Welcome to the fourth installment of 'The School of Good and Evil' playlists! The full playlist is linked at the bottom. These songs are all inspired by 'Quests For Glory', book 4 in this fantasy series by Soman Chainani. (This post is spoiler-free!) Order of the Day: A King's Coronation! ('Crown Me King' by Harmony.) … Continue reading Thursday Tunes: Quests For Glory

Review: ‘Girl, Serpent, Thorn’ by Melissa Bashardoust (ARC)

[Soraya] had read enough stories to know that the princess and the monster were never the same. She had been alone long enough to know which one she was. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasy (retelling, Persian mythology) Publication date: 7th July 2020 Synopsis: There was and there was not, as all stories begin, … Continue reading Review: ‘Girl, Serpent, Thorn’ by Melissa Bashardoust (ARC)

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Love ‘Railhead’

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Buckle up your space train seatbelts folks, because today I'm going to talk about why I love the 'Railhead' books by Philip Reeve! Genre: Sci-fi The Great Network: the place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains cross the galaxy in a heartbeat. Zen Starling is merely a petty thief, but when a mysterious stranger sends … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Love ‘Railhead’