The Jealousy of Jalice by Jesse Nolan Bailey

The Jealousy of Jalice by Jesse Nolan Bailey has been on my TBR for a few months now, so I’m excited that today is my stop on the blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours!  A few of my favourite bloggers have already reviewed and loved this self-published dark fantasy debut, so I approached it withContinue reading “The Jealousy of Jalice by Jesse Nolan Bailey”

Notes from Small Planets by Nate Crowley

While I usually focus on sci-fi and fantasy fiction, today I am reviewing Notes from Small Planets, a comprehensive travel guide that will be published tomorrow! Having studied it at length, I can tell you with confidence to toss your golden compass, pawn your Pokédex and flush your babelfish, because, while a little unreliable, it’sContinue reading “Notes from Small Planets by Nate Crowley”

The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short

Ask me to list a few of my favourite tropes in genre fiction, and I’d say things like space travel, complex magic systems, and possession. While I never expected an author to Frankenstein these elements together in a single novel, this is exactly what Jordan Loyal Short has done with The Skald’s Black Verse, his firstContinue reading “The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short”

Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Ever since I read Dogs of War and Children of Time, I’ve been a huge fan of Adrian Tchaikovsky. He’s an exceptional writer who comfortably flits between fantasy and sci-fi, and uses his interest in zoology and evolution to develop fascinating ideas (thanks to this review of recently published The Doors of Eden, I now know he is aContinue reading “Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey

I recently read May Day, a vampire detective novel by prolific self-published author Josie Jaffrey who has written nine books and several short stories to date. I enjoyed her humour and take on vampires, so I was excited to receive a copy of her new YA novel, The Wolf and the Water. Plus, I do love thatContinue reading “The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey”

The Aggressive by Gem Jackson

The Aggressive by Gem Jackson is a gut-wrenching explosion of a debut, and one of the best sci-fi books I’ve read this year. I first heard about it in this positive review, so I was excited when the author offered me a copy in exchange for an honest opinion. I’m glad to see that Dean fromContinue reading “The Aggressive by Gem Jackson”

What’s up, September?

– What Happened – Hello, bookfriends! I used a fair amount of annual leave in August, which meant plenty of extra reading time. I was able to get through the five books on my monthly To Be Read list, as well as a bonus two. The House of Styx was a stunning read and isContinue reading “What’s up, September?”

Afterland by Lauren Beukes

A slow-burn story about a mother and son on the run, Lauren Beukes’ dystopian thriller Afterland contains some of the most impressive prose I’ve come across recently. It’s a feminist critique of patriarchal society written from the least likely angle: by killing all the men. This book is the second pandemic novel I’ve read thisContinue reading “Afterland by Lauren Beukes”

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

I read The Bone Shard Daughter back in May, so I’m thrilled that I can FINALLY tell you how fantastic this debut fantasy novel is. Being my favourite read of 2020 so far, I’ve even pre-ordered two different signed editions (roll on September)! If you’re looking for an epic fantasy escape, you will love thisContinue reading “The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart”

Red Noise by John P. Murphy

Red Noise by John P. Murphy has been described as an Akira Kurosawa and spaghetti western-inspired sci-fi romp. Having only a passing familiarity with either of those, I was hoping for some epic Kill Bill-in-space vibes, and I’m pleased to report that’s exactly what I got. ‘A half-empty station wasn’t so bad. Ideal, in some ways.Continue reading “Red Noise by John P. Murphy”