Genre: Fantasy

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Review: Nightbird, Alice Hoffman

Review: Nightbird, Alice Hoffman

– A beautifully written middle-grade book, but the story was fairly simple. Twig and her mother live in the small town of Sidwell, where there are rumours of a monster lurking. Twig keeps the monster a secret – it’s her brother, James. Twig is forbidden to visit the new family next… Read more »

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Review: Half the World, Joe Abercrombie

Review: Half the World, Joe Abercrombie

To the youths of Gettland, becoming a warrior is everything. Thorne has been training with the boys all her life, but just as she is about to beat her classmates and join the ranks of warriors, a terrible accident and a second chance mean that she and her training partner… Read more »

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Review: Bitroux: The Metalsmith, Jordan Harcourt-Hughes

Review: Bitroux: The Metalsmith, Jordan Harcourt-Hughes

Merouac is overseeing the construction of one of the railway lines being built across the continent, and building metal trinkets in his time off. He has just started looking after his young niece, Evra, after her mother died. Merouac thinks he might be losing it when he begins to see… Read more »

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Review: Pennyroyal Academy, MA Larson

Review: Pennyroyal Academy, MA Larson

A young girl is lost in an enchanted forest, her only idea of where to go a flyer depicting a princess of the Pennyroyal Academy. The academy is taking in all sorts of boys and girls and training them to be princesses and knights, just like the famous Princess Cinderella and… Read more »

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Review: Avery, Charlotte McConaghy

Review: Avery, Charlotte McConaghy

Click here to purchase this book from Bookworld. Ava’s bondmate Avery was brutally killed in a failed attack on the barbaric Pirenti Queen, but unlike other Kayans, Ava didn’t perish along with her mate. Because of this, she was cast out of her home. As a half-walker – someone with… Read more »

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Podcast Episode #23: A Dance With Dragons

Podcast Episode #23: A Dance With Dragons

Welcome to the twenty-third episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya. In this episode we welcome our first special guest – our friend Zara! We chat about the Game of Thrones TV series and the Song of Ice and Fire book series, plus some other… Read more »

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Review: Akarnae, Lynette Noni

Review: Akarnae, Lynette Noni

Alex turns up to start the year at her new boarding school, only to step through a doorway into the Akarnae Academy – a school in the world of Medora. It’s not long before there’s a strange threat to the school and Alex must use her knowledge of the ancient and enigmatic… Read more »

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Review: Skin, Ilka Tampke

Review: Skin, Ilka Tampke

Ailia is a foundling, without a place in society and not allowed to undertake the learning that she yearns for. The Mothers, the mysterious guardians of her people, have other ideas, calling Ailia to their realm to teach her the knowledge she will need to lead her people against the… Read more »

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Review: Monstrous, MarcyKate Connolly

Review: Monstrous, MarcyKate Connolly

This is Philippa and Angelya’s joint audio review for MarcyKate Connolly’s new stand-alone middle-grade fantasy book, Monstrous. The review is an extract from episode 21 of Tea in the Treetops Podcast, originally recorded on February 18, 2015. This is a spoiler-free review, although we do hint at how things turn out. You’ve been… Read more »

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Review: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean, Kirsty Murray

Review: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean, Kirsty Murray

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean is a collection of short, speculative stories written and illustrated by Australian and Indian authors. Some are collaborations, while others were written independently. There are several stories that use pictures but most are in the usual short story format. Some of the Aussie authors… Read more »

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