The digest: another absolutely phenomenal MG novel from Catherine Doyle. The characters are better developed, the worldbuilding deeper, and the stakes higher. If you enjoy innovative magic systems and kids facing off against a mythologyical Big Bad then you should be reading this series.
In this post I'll be talking about the things that I read in June 2020. If you want to see what I had planned to read (and there are a fair few discepencies, I really am a mood reader!) please check out my June 2020 TBR here. The below list starts with the books that… Continue reading June 2020 Wrap Up
320 pages / Bloomsbury Children's Books / Middle Grade, Childrens, Fantasy The digest: this is simply one of the best MG books that I have ever read, including those I read when I was at the 'right' age to be reading these about 15-ish years ago. Keeping in mind the fact that it is the… Continue reading Review: The Storm Keeper’s Island – Catherine Doyle
The weather so far in June hasn't beed amazing up here in NW England, which is fine by me as it means more time inside reading. Here's a quick breakdown of what I plan on reading (though knowing me I'll very likely swap out a couple of options here and there). Let me know what… Continue reading June 2020 TBR
The digest: some of the best magical realism awaits you in Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane - a novel which follows a grieving man's exploration of a childhood he had forgotten.With simply amazing worldbuilding and storytelling, this novel is one that I think everyone should read.
Here's a rather optimistic (if loosely-planned) TBR for OCtober 2019. Please point me toward your own TBRs for this month - I've been slacking a bit on the blogging
352 pages | Corsair | Read by Heath Miller for HighBridge Company| Science Fiction, Space Opera, Humour, SFF I read this as part of 2019's Space Opera September Readathon (TBR here). The digest: Space Opera is a rather perplexing novel which sometimes reads more like an encyclopaedia than a fiction story. This is sometimes good, sometimes bad, but overall… Continue reading Review: Space Opera (Space Opera #1) – Catherynne M. Valente
The digest: a solid space opera novella, well-deserving of its hype and awards. If you're looking to get into science fiction then this is an excellent introduction with a fun story and interesting characters.
112 pages | Titan Comics | Fantasy, Graphic Novel This is an honest review. It's also a negative review. The digest: My most disappointing read of 2019 (so far). This graphic novel had every chance of being one of my favourites, but shoddy writing and a woefully underexplored story make it entirely forgettable. … Continue reading Review: Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince – V.E. Schwab and Andrea Olimpieri
208 pages | Gollancz | Fantasy, SFF
The digest: a true modern classic. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld should be every fantasy fan's next novel. It's emotive, enthralling, and massively enjoyable. This book is what I would call 'pure' fantasy - it tells a story quite unlike anything else I have read and reminds me of how I used to romanticise the genre - but this time I think the hype is justified. In the same breath, it is both innovative and familiar and I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this novel.