Doctor Who: The Maze of Doom & The Secret in Vault 13 by David Solomons

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I’ve wanted to get my hands on David Solomons’ two middlegrade Doctor Who books ever since they were released & I finally!ย did. And honestly, I was blown away by how good they both were. Both books left me with a massive smile on my face & I really hope that David is asked to write more middlegrade DW books because they were just so. blooming. good!

 

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Keep an eye out for a TARDIS blue nail varnish post later today!

โš ๏ธ A little bit of very mild, typical Doctor Who violence โš ๏ธ

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Goldilocks by Laura Lam

GoldilocksIt didnโ€™t take long for me to be interested in this story; interested in the background, interested in where it was going & interested in how it would work. Laura has writtenย a beautiful story about humanity, impossible choices & the magic of the universe we reside in. I absolutely recommend you pick it up immediately.

๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿ”ฌโ™€๏ธ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ

 

I received a e-copy of this book via NetGalley in return for a review, however I didnโ€™t read it until I had my own hardback in my hands.

 

โš ๏ธ Flashbacks to a house fire, deaths of parents, a very openly sexist Earth, discussions/references of off-page homophobia & racism, miscarriages, laws against abortion, violence, references to a global pandemic (eeek) & very real, hard hitting facts about global warming & human suffering โš ๏ธ

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The Veiled Descendants by Sophia Menesini

8f649c01-7f07-432b-9ba5-320654a3e2a4Last Halloween I actually left the house to do something social, but there was no way I was going without SOMETHING bookish – so I chose to don some ears & become an elf, just like Pirate Captain, Shae Lara. So, you could say I like this series. But really, I absolutely f’ing love this series & I command all of you to stop what you’re doing (after you’ve read my review of course) & read Sophia’s work immediately.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿงโ€โ™€๏ธโ™€๏ธ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿปโ™ฟ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™

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I was sent a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

โš ๏ธ This book contains slavery of a fantasy race, graphic violence (a bit of gore), death, graphic sex scenes, parental death, suicide/assisted dying, graphic sword fighting & some drowning โš ๏ธ

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The Book of Snow & Silence by Zoรซ Marriott

The Book of Snow & Silence
I’ve loved every one of Zoรซ’s previous books that I’ve read, especially Shadows on the Moon (which is one of my favourite ever books for it’s mental health & self-harm representation), so when I found out she was releasing a retelling of The Little Mermaid I was ecstatic! And Zoรซ did not disappoint – this is the most original retelling of the story I’ve ever read & I absolutely lovedย it!

๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿปโœจ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธโ™€๏ธ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆโ™ฟ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ™

 

I was sent a digital copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

 

โš ๏ธ This story includes shipwrecks, drowning, seizures, anxiety, aggressive animals, off-page hunting, a form of modern slavery & gun use โš ๏ธ

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Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

Dangerous Remedy

Before starting Dangerous Remedy I hadn’t read a YA story for a while, so when my long-awaited Illumicrate edition arrived I was beyond excited! This story is set a part of history I don’t know much about & I loved running around Paris with The Battalion of the Dead. I’m heartbroken about having to wait so long for book two!

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โš ๏ธ Scientific experiments on unwilling participants, violence (including the use of weapons), references to off-page homophobia, threats of sexual violence, deaths of family members (on- & off-page) & lots of graphic guillotine action โš ๏ธ

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Victoria’s War by Catherine A. Hamilton

Victoria's WarThis was a very hard book to read for all of the obvious reasons, but for me, reading about a (German) disabled character during the war was a special experience, & one which totally broke my heart. This book is full of a lot of sadness, but also highlights the strength of those who lived through the war & those who fought against the Nazi regime, both in the tiniest of ways & the biggest.

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I was sent a digital copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

โš ๏ธ This story is about World War 2 & includes all the horrors of the Nazis including detailed violence, bombings, homophobia, slavery, antisemitism, ableism (& many other forms of discrimination), trauma conditions, a forced hysterectomy on a disabled character, references to off-page sex slavery, sexual assault, neglect toward new born babies, a description of the gas โ€œshowersโ€ used by the Nazis & the death of several โ€œmainโ€ characters, including the disabled protagonist โš ๏ธ

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Raybearer

Raybearer is the start of a debut series by a strong & enchanting voice; Jordan Ifueko has created magic within these pages & has produced a book that I found completely impossible to put down. Publishers need to be supporting more authors of colour like Jordan, because books like this absolutely raise the bar in YA fantasy.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

 

โš ๏ธ Violence, emotional/psychological child abuse, physical abuse, manipulation & exploitation, sexual references, memories of domestic violence, fire, deaths of parents, child sacrifices, child abandonment & murder โš ๏ธ

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Tales of Lunis Aquaria by Tessa Hastjarjanto

Tales of Lunis Aquaria

This review shall be short & sweet as this book is a compilation of short stories all written by Tessa Hastjarjanto; I really enjoyed the magic of these stories & I really hope there’s another volume released soon. Tessa’s writing is calming & warm, & I can’t wait to read more of her work.

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โš ๏ธ Death by fire, some violence, hunting &
lengthy violence against a mythical creature โš ๏ธ

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The Black Archive: Face the Raven by Sarah Groenewegen

Face the RavenGoing into this book, I wasn’t sure what I was going to get – I knew it was some sort of write up about one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes, but that was it. As it turns out, this series is a collection of academic-type analyses of a selection of Doctor Who episodes & reading such an in-depth exploration about Clara Oswald’s life & death was such a brilliant experience for me. I want every book in the series immediately!!

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I was sent an digital copy of this book in return for an honest review.

โš ๏ธ This book includes spoilers for the Doctor Who episode Face the Raven,
as well as episodes shown before & after โš ๏ธ

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Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal

Mermaid Moon

I ordered this book because it sounded interesting, but mainly because it’s gorgeous, even without it’s clothes on – look at it!! But it’s also gorgeous inside too; the story felt fresh & unique, with great writing & brilliant world-building. How is this not being spoken about more? It’s gone straight to the top of my favourites list!

๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’‹โœจ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’›โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฎ

 

 

 

โš ๏ธ Sacrificing adults & children (including babies), sexual themes,
murder, drowning & controlling magic โš ๏ธ

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