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”

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”

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?”

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”

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

This is one of those times I wish I’d read more reviews before jumping into a book because I certainly wasn’t expecting Harrow the Ninth to be such a challenging read. In this second instalment of The Locked Tomb trilogy, Muir has made some divisive and ambitious creative choices. Every other chapter is written inContinue reading “Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir”

Wranglestone by Darren Charlton

If you follow my blog, you’ll know I try to highlight diversity in SFF. So I was surprised to notice I’ve only ever read two books with a gay male protagonist, both of which featured (literal) fairies, a trope commonly used in romance novels that isn’t really my style. So when I started seeing reviewsContinue reading “Wranglestone by Darren Charlton”

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Having long neglected the horror genre despite my undying love of scary films, I’ve never read a book quite like The Year of the Witching. With plagues, sigils, zealots, and pilgrim-style clothing, this book brings to mind The Omen, The Village, and just about anything with ‘Salem’ in the title. This book is worth aContinue reading “The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson”

What’s up, August?

I just realised that it’s August tomorrow (yeah, I know) so here is my monthly round-up post! – What Happened – The Fantasy Hive’s #WomenInSFF event on Twitter and Instagram was an absolute blast and has put my TBR in a state of shock. Happily, I managed to get through my planned SFF reads fromContinue reading “What’s up, August?”