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REVIEW: The Last Bloodcarver by Vanessa Le

Vanessa Le’s The Last Bloodcarver is a Vietnamese-influenced YA fantasy. Set in a world in which rare blood magic allows wielders to heal, they are ostracised and hunted for their power. The fear of...

REVIEW: The Night Hunt by Alexandra Christo

Atia is a killer. She is also a lost girl, one who has had to deal with grief and loss. Alexandra Christo’s The Night Hunt is high on the scale of moral greyness we...

REVIEW: Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle

If you’re like me and love books (almost) as much as physical objects than you do as stories, Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle should be on your to-buy list. A dark academia story about...

REVIEW: Bring Me Your Midnight by Rachel Griffin

Tana considers herself one of the good girls. A life planned out from birth, engaged to secure an alliance for her coven, she has never doubted her role in her community – and in...

REVIEW: The Anatomy of Songs by Megan White

Megan White’s debut The Anatomy of Songs drew me in with a stunning cover and great copy, only to make me fall in love with the writing on the very first pages. Published by...

REVIEW: Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong

Chloe Gong rose to fame as the very young debut author of These Violent Delights, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in 1920s Shanghai. Clever and nuanced, she managed to weave themes of...

REVIEW: Painted Devils by Margaret Owen

Margaret Owen’s Painted Devils reunites us with some of our favourite characters from last year’s Little Thieves. The story is once again centred around chaotic disaster con artist Vanja Schmidt, and junior prefect Emeric...

REVIEW: Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan

Heart of the Sun Warrior is the second book in Sue Lynn Tan’s Celestial Kingdom duology, following up on The Daughter of the Moon Goddess (see our review of the first book here). This...

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REVIEW: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, lesson one: block off a large block of time when starting this series because you will not want to put it down. Damn, getting sleep and bathing.  Hell,...

REVIEW: Blackheart Knights by Laure Eve

New interpretations of Arthurian myths are hardly new by definition. These stories have been reshaped and told for centuries. In the last few years alone there have been countless variations – from Lavie Tidhar’s...