January 14, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Skin by Ilka Tampke

For the people of Caer Cad, ‘skin’ is their totem, their greeting, their ancestors, their land. Ailia does not have skin. Abandoned at birth, she serves the Tribequeen of her township. Ailia is not permitted to marry, excluded from tribal ceremonies and, most devastatingly, forbidden to learn [...]
October 12, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon [...]
October 8, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Songwoman by Ilka Tampke

Haunted by the Roman attack that destroyed her home, Ailia flees to the remote Welsh mountains in search of the charismatic war king, Caradog, who is leading a guerrilla campaign against the encroaching army. Ailia proves herself an indispensable advisor to the war king, but as the bond between them deepens [...]
September 2, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

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July 19, 2019

VINTAGE POST: The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty

I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates. This did not bother me as much as you might think - I hardly knew my parents. Bronte Mettlestone's parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby, leaving her to be raised by her Aunt Isabelle and the Butler. She's had a perfectly pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons - and no adventures, thank you very much. But Bronte's parents have left extremely detailed (and bossy) instructions for Bronte in their will.
May 16, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in.Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task.
May 14, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Binding by Bridget Collins

Imagine you could erase grief. Imagine you could remove pain. Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret. Forever. Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder[....]
March 29, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Blurb (from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author [...]
January 8, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

The Blurb (From Goodreads): The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose […]