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

Apples and Orchards in The Last of the Apple Blossom | Book Review

【 THE LAST OF THE APPLE BLOSSOM 】 ★★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Mary-Lou StephensPublished: July 2021Publisher: HarlequinPages: 464 (paperback) Thanks to Harlequin for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review QUICK THOUGHTS A quintessentially Australian story of secrets, friendships, fires and love. This book made me feel all the feels. From … Continue reading Apples and Orchards in The Last of the Apple Blossom | Book Review

Wartime Codebreaking in The Rose Code | Book Review

【 THE ROSE CODE 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Kate QuinnPublished: March 2021Publisher: William Morrow PaperbacksPages: 624 (paperback) Quick thoughts Brilliantly British characters will sweep you away into a world of fraught friendships and code breaking. MMM! SO much love for this book, I can't even. I loved every second of it and the audio … Continue reading Wartime Codebreaking in The Rose Code | Book Review

Welcoming the Night in Slow Down… and Sleep Tight | Picture Book Review

【 SLOW DOWN... AND SLEEP TIGHT 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Children's FictionAuthor: Rachel Williams, Freya Hartas (Illustrator)Published: September 2021Publisher: Magic Cat PublishingPages: 32 (hardback) Thank you to Walker Books Australia for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review Review This book is one of my favourite children's picture books I've read thanks … Continue reading Welcoming the Night in Slow Down… and Sleep Tight | Picture Book Review

Thieves in The Lies of Locke Lamora | Book Review

【 THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA 】 ★★ Genre: FantasyAuthor: Scott LynchPublished: June 2006Publisher: GollanczPages: 530 (paperback) Content warning (click to see) violence * torture * blood * gore First thoughts *weary sigh* well, I finished it. This was a struggle and a half to get through, and whilst I loved the idea of the … Continue reading Thieves in The Lies of Locke Lamora | Book Review

Magical Training in Eldest | Book Review

【 ELDEST 】 ★★★★★ Genre: FantasyAuthor: Christopher PaoliniPublished: March 2007Publisher: Knopf BooksPages: 704 (paperback) First thoughts I can't get over how much more I loved this than Eragon, not that Eragon was bad. But wow! The story really sky-rocketed into another realm of awesome. I've been wanting to read this second instalment for so long, … Continue reading Magical Training in Eldest | Book Review

Sand-filled Dramas in The City of Zirdai | Book Review

【 THE CITY OF ZIRDAI】 ★★★★★ book two in The Archives of the Invisible Sword Genre: Young Adult, FantasyAuthor: Maria V. SnyderPublished: June 2021Publisher: Harlequin TeenPages: 512 (paperback) Thanks to Harlequin for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review What it's about AN ADDICTIVE SEQUEL THAT'S FILLED WITH ADVENTURE, MAGIC AND SAND. … Continue reading Sand-filled Dramas in The City of Zirdai | Book Review

Baby Owls in Happy | Board Book Review

【 HAPPY 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Children's Fiction (board book)Author: Emma DoddPublished: August 2021Publisher: Allen & UnwinPages: 24 (board book) Thank you so much for Allen & Unwin for a copy of this beautiful edition for review Review! Happy is a sweet board book that will warm the cockles of your heart. This is a book … Continue reading Baby Owls in Happy | Board Book Review