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

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

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

Opportunities in The Midnight Library | Book Review

【 THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY 】 ★★★★ Genre: Magical RealismAuthor: Matthew HaigPublished: August 2020Publisher: VikingPages: 304 (hardback) Content warning (click to see) suicide * depression * substance abuse * death * self harm First thoughts This book is a too-close-for-comfort reminder that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. I'm surprised to find myself … Continue reading Opportunities in The Midnight Library | Book Review

Witches in Threadneedle | Book Review

【 THREADNEEDLE 】 ★★★★ Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (paranormal)Author: Cari ThomasPublished: May 2021Publisher: HarperCollinsPages: 576 (paperback) First thoughts This was such an intriguing story that was full of twists and turns. I enjoyed the dark mood of the book and trying to guess who was right and who was wrong. Can't wait for the next … Continue reading Witches in Threadneedle | Book Review

Epic African Empires in Son of the Storm | Book Review

【 SON OF THE STORM 】 ★★★★ Genre: FantasyAuthor: Suyi Davies OkungbowaPublished: May 2021Publisher: OrbitPages: 496 [paperback] [ TW ° gruesome violence ° blood ° undead ° death ] First thoughts So interesting! I loved the world building and the complexities of society in this story. It is absolutely to die for and my imagination … Continue reading Epic African Empires in Son of the Storm | Book Review

The End of the World in The Loop | Book Review

【THE LOOP】 ★★★★ Genre: Sci-Fi, Young AdultAuthor: Ben OliverPublished: April 2020Publisher: Chicken HousePages: 384 [paperback] [ ᴛᴡ • ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ • ɴᴇᴇᴅʟᴇꜱ • ᴅʀᴜɢꜱ • ᴠɪᴏʟᴇɴᴄᴇ ] First thoughts Wowww this book really got me hooked! I was sucked into this super fast-paced story and couldn't put it down. I don't remember the last time a book … Continue reading The End of the World in The Loop | Book Review

Other Worlds in Only Human | Book Review

Only Humanby Sylvain Neuvel book three in the Themis Files ★★★★ Genre: Sci-FiAuthor: Sylvain NeuvelPublished: May 2018Publisher: Michael JosephPages: 353 [paperback] First thoughts A great conclusion to this trilogy! I was so interested to see where book three was going to go after the events of book two. Things finish off in quite a final … Continue reading Other Worlds in Only Human | Book Review

Destruction in Mercurial | Book Review

Mercurialby Naomi Hughes ★★★★ Genre: Young Adult, FantasyAuthor: Naomi HughesPublished: March 2021Publisher: Self-PublishedPages: 412 [paperback] Review on Goodreads First thoughts This was AMAZING. Loved it. Devoured it. Want more. I love the cover, I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I loved all the stabby-ness. So much angst. So much action. Many dogs (that … Continue reading Destruction in Mercurial | Book Review

Space Travel in Defending the Galaxy | Book Review

Defending the Galaxyby Maria V. Snyder ★★★★ sequel to Chasing the Shadows Genre: Young Adult, Sci-FiAuthor: Maria V. SnyderPublished: December 2020Publisher: HarlequinPages: 554 [paperback] Review on Goodreads First thoughts This was good fun! These books definitely read young but I was so hooked. This was hands down my favourite in the series and I fell … Continue reading Space Travel in Defending the Galaxy | Book Review