In The Vanisher’s Palace took me a little by surprise because the cover misled me into thinking this was a middlegrade story – it is not a middlegrade story!! Nevertheless, I did rather enjoy this strange little novella & I when I finished it I was incredibly disappointed that it had not been longer; I’ve not read any of Aliette’s other work but I think I may have to now, just to get some more weirdness on my shelves.
⚠️ Violence, sexual themes & surgical scenes ⚠️
I always feel a little strange reviewing (auto)biographies because it’s almost like I’m reviewing someone’s life, however this book hit me so hard that I felt that I needed to write something about it. This is such a beautiful & unique book in which Lisa Taddeo has documented the lives of three very real women – & somehow, whilst doing so, she has managed to explore experiences that all women readers will feel some kind of connection to, & there really are no words to express how magical that is.
⚠️ This book is about the lives of three real women & covers the following topics: alcoholic parents, drug use, very detailed sex scenes, eating disorders, car crashes, depression, suicide & the death of a parent ⚠️
⚠️ Additionally, the following sexual abuse/violence are featured in the book: grooming by a teacher leading to a sexual assault; a man in his 30s taking advantage of a 16-year-old girl; a teenage girl raped by three teenage boys whilst drunk ⚠️
I was really excited to read The Girl King so I’m really sad that it was a bit of a flop for me. I loved the ending but the rest of the book just didn’t really do it for me due to slow pacing & not enough world-building.
⚠️ Violence, gory sword fights, murder, animal slaughter, parental death/murder, hunting, genocide of a fictional community, imprisonments in labour camps, discussions of infertility & panic attacks (secondary character) ⚠️
I was incredibly excited to get my hands on this book & I ended up being completely blown away by it; with natural, well-paced & inviting writing, Dee Garretson has created a moving story that presents a realistic & well-balanced view of the Russian revolution. I absolutely loved this book, as well as main character Charlotte, & I was so sad when I finished the final page.
I was sent a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains war themes such as gun use, violence & arson, as well as classism, sexism, violent riots & a lot of death. There is also references to the death of a parent that occurs before the book is set. ⚠️
As soon as I started this story a magical aura surrounded me & I felt like I was a little girl being read a bedtime story; I fell completely in love with The Ice Bear Miracle & reading it was a spellbinding experience. This book is made of magic, I’m sure of it, & I think it would make a beautiful audiobook as well.
⚠️ This book contains animals being forced to perform
& animals being hurt by humans ⚠️
I read this book a very long time ago & I’m incredibly cross at myself that it’s taken me this long to get round to reviewing it, especially as the story is so special & one that I really enjoyed. This beautiful book is based on Kathleen Burkinshaw’s mother’s story & it’s an incredibly moving tale.
⚠️ This book contains discussions of World War 2, as well as scenes of the aftermath of a nuclear bomb ⚠️
Some of you may remember my complete obsession with The Vine Witch, & I was so excited to dive into book two in the series – & of course, Luanne did not let me down. Luanne G. Smith has created such an incredible world within these books & the magic system is mesmerising. I really, really cannot get enough.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review, however I didn’t read the book until I had bought a printed copy.
⚠️ Some violence, including off-page domestic violence, poverty & child abuse in the form of references to off-page child “prostitution” from a character’s past ⚠️
I fell in love with this chonk of a book pretty quickly, & as I turned each page I just became more & more obsessed with Caro & I slowly felt myself becoming almost as determined as she was to solve a murder. I don’t read a lot of mystery books but when I do they have to have female leads like Caro & they must be set in the past, & I always end up loving them. Daughters of Night was incredible & left me pondering why I don’t own more books like it.
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.
⚠️ Graphic violence, murder, anti-semitism, abortion, sexism, homophobic slurs/attitudes, scenes of a sexual nature, rape & other adult themes ⚠️
I’ve loved every one of Zoë’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 Zoë did not disappoint – this is the most original retelling of the story I’ve ever read & I absolutely loved it!
I was sent a digital copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This story includes shipwrecks, drowning, seizures, anxiety, aggressive animals, off-page hunting, a form of modern slavery & gun use ⚠️
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!
⚠️ 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 ⚠️