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 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. ⚠️
Yet another fantasy world created within the mind of Mary Fan, & what a fantasy world it is! The Edge of Evil progresses mostly at a steady pace, but as you delve further into the world, & the book, the stakes gradually increase & by the end I was completely hooked. If you’ve not dived into one of Mary’s books yet, you absolutely must – she’s one of the best writers in YA fantasy right now (& my favourite author).
⚠️ This book contains a death of a parent, violence, discrimination, as well as gun & bomb use ⚠️
It shouldn’t be news to any long-time followers that Mary Fan is my favourite author, & once again she has written something that I love. I’m so excited that Windborn is a start of a new series, because it will help heal my heart now that the Starswept series has concluded. I really liked this steady opening to what feels like a powerful series & I cannot wait for more!
I was sent this book by the author in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains scenes of magical torture, mild violence & gore, false imprisonment, modern slavery(?) & distanced families ⚠️
I absolutely loved Orphan Monster Spy so I was incredibly excited about Devil Darling Spy & after a quick recap from Matt Killeen (thank you Matt!) I was so ready to dive into this book but, oh damn, it was so much darker than book one!! I did learn a lot from this read though & I still love the series a hell of a lot; bring on book three!!
⚠️ This book is set during World War Two so is full of war themes including racism, anti-Semitism, violence, murder, references to rape & sexual assault, mass murder by arson, testing medicine & poisons on animals & humans, discussions of colonisation, slavery, mass drownings & drug addiction ⚠️
My list of books I
need could be writing reviews for is extremely long & today I realised that a large amount of them are books I read in 2019 so I’ve decided to put together a post that’s made up of my short GoodReads’ reviews of some of these books. None of the books in this post are ones that I’ve been sent to review & I’ve added a little extra to a few reviews, depending on the notes I made when I was reading them. Doing this post means I can still recommend some fantastic books, whilst also taking some of the pressure off myself!
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 ⚠️
The Earthseed duology describes a very possible future – published in 1993 & set only a few years ahead of now, Octavia has predicted the future in a very scarily but accurae way, producing an east-to-imagine destiny for America. Octavia’s imagination & incredible writing come together in these two books in an addictive & riveting way, that I became completely obsessed with.
⚠️ This book is set in a very potential near-future & includes a vast range of difficult adult topics. These include, but are not limited to, poverty, discussions of rape/sexual violence, a lot of violence, violence toward (wild) dogs, parent/child violent abuse, child deaths & murder, loss/death of parents & children, gun violence, hunting, murder, graphic descriptions of injuries, fire/arson, drug abuse, modern slavery, human trafficking, electrocution, off-page child rape, child abduction, homophobia, false imprisonment, symptoms of PTSD, suicide & scenes of a sexual nature ⚠️
This emotional book follows the story of a woman called Yui whose life is torn apart by a natural disaster, but it also features grief in many other forms as well & touches on a variety of experiences. It’s a sad book, but in a subtle way, & the writer has done an incredible job of slowly reintroducing hope into Yui’s life, & to the reader. This story is incredibly touching & the way it’s been put together is truly beautiful.
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.
⚠️ Detailed descriptions of the loss & destruction left behind by a tsunami, as well as other catastrophes, including the deaths of parents, children & other family members, with hints of PTSD & other trauma/mental health conditions ⚠️