Gold and Mutiny in Treasure Island | Book Review

【 TREASURE ISLAND 】 ★★★★ Genre: Classic, Fiction, AdventureAuthor: Robert Louis StevensonPublished: 1883Pages: 183 (paperback) First thoughtsI'm so glad I've finally read this, Robert Louis Stevenson never disappoints. This is a swashbuckling adventure if ever there was one. Once you wrap your head around the older English used by Stevenson, it's a fun story full … Continue reading Gold and Mutiny in Treasure Island | Book Review

Sassy Spaceships in Skyward | Book Review

【 SKYWARD 】 The pinnacle of YA Sci-fi, and you can't tell me otherwise. ★★★★★ Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fiAuthor: Brandon SandersonPublished: November 2018Publisher: GollanczPages: 513 (paperback) Quick thoughtsEveryone said this was amazing and that Sanderson is a god of a writer. I am pleased to report that everyone was right. WOW. This was ridiculously fun … Continue reading Sassy Spaceships in Skyward | Book Review

Gender-swapped Robin Hood in Sherwood | Book Review

【 SHERWOOD 】 Robin Hood in all its glory, but better. ★★★★★ Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (retelling: Robin Hood)Author: Meagan SpoonerPublished: March 2019Publisher: HarperTeenPages: 480 (paperback) Quick thoughtsI'm reviewing this sometime after reading it and all I can say is that my mind keeps coming back to this book and how much I enjoyed it. … Continue reading Gender-swapped Robin Hood in Sherwood | Book Review

Shapeshifting in Forestborn | Book Review

【 FORESTBORN 】 ★★ Genre: Young Adult, FantasyAuthor: Elayne Audrey BeckerPublished: August 2021Publisher: Tor TeenPages: 368 (hardback) Huge thank you to Tor Teen for sending me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review The potential was there, I nearly loved it, but alas, I did not. Quick thoughtsIt is with a tragic … Continue reading Shapeshifting in Forestborn | Book Review

Hedgehugs in The Longer the Wait, the Bigger the Hug | Picture Book Review

【 THE LONGER THE WAIT, THE BIGGER THE HUG 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Children's Fiction, Picture BooksAuthor: by Eoin McLaughlin, Polly Dunbar Published: September 2021 (Australia)Publisher: Allen & Unwin (Australia)Pages: 32 (hardback) Thank you Allen & Unwin for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review Brightly coloured pictures and an adorable hedgehog wanting a hug, … Continue reading Hedgehugs in The Longer the Wait, the Bigger the Hug | Picture Book Review

Magical Bookstores in The Cat Who Saved Books | Book Review

【 THE CAT WHO SAVED BOOKS 】 ★★★★ Genre: Fantasy, Magical RealismAuthor: Sosuke NatsukawaPublished: September 2021 (English)Publisher: PicadorPages: 224 (paperback) Thanks to Picador for a copy of this in exchange for review Cats, books and quests. What more could we hope for in a book? Quick thoughtsThis is a 200-pager that packs a punch. With … Continue reading Magical Bookstores in The Cat Who Saved Books | Book Review

Monthly Wrap-Up | August

Welcome one, welcome all to my August wrap-up! This is actually a little more than just my August wrap-up as I've changed the way I'm doing my book hauls at the moment. So you're getting more of an August/September book haul thrown in! I hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe – and reading … Continue reading Monthly Wrap-Up | August

Epic Storytelling in Empire of the Vampire | Book Review

【 EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE 】 ★★★★★ Genre: FantasyAuthor: Jay KristoffPublished: September 2021Publisher: Harper VoyagerPages: 736 (paperback) QUICK THOUGHTSI may need a week to recover from severe heart palpitations this beautiful monstrosity of a book gave me. I am exhausted and amazed. This mammoth of a read tackles vampires in a gorey and brilliant way. … Continue reading Epic Storytelling in Empire of the Vampire | Book Review

Okapis in What You Can See From Here | Book Review

【 WHAT YOU CAN SEE FROM HERE 】 ★★★★ Genre: ContemporaryAuthor: Mariana Leky, Tess Lewis (Translator)Published: July 2021 (in English)Publisher: Bloomsbury (in English)Pages: 336 (paperback) Thanks to Bloomsbury for a copy of this for review QUICK THOUGHTSA humble plod through a story that jolts you awake with the occasional shocking twist. This was quite the unusual story … Continue reading Okapis in What You Can See From Here | Book Review

Courageous Dolls in The Dollmaker of Krakow | Book Review

【 THE DOLLMAKER OF KRAKOW 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: R. M. RomeroPublished: September 2017Publisher: WalkerPages: 288 (hardback) Content warning (click to see) Holocaust * war * violence * grief QUICK THOUGHTSAhhh my heart, my feels, what a tragic and beautiful story! This was gorgeous from page one - not to mention the hardback edition … Continue reading Courageous Dolls in The Dollmaker of Krakow | Book Review