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Review: City of Fallen Angels, Cassandra Clare

Review: City of Fallen Angels, Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels is the start in a new trilogy featuring the Shadowhunters and Downworlders (such as Vampires, Warlocks, Werewolves etc) who live in the New York City area. I was so excited to get back into the story with Clary and the gang after enjoying the first few episodes… Read more »

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Review: Sword and Verse, Kathy MacMillan

Review: Sword and Verse, Kathy MacMillan

A slave population, denied reading and writing. A girl, taken from her island home as a girl and chosen to be trained as Tutor to the royal family. A prince, wishing to be a better man than he perceives his father to be. The premise of Sword and Verse sounded… Read more »

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Review: Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman

Review: Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman

Lady Helen’s adventures have been described by one publicist as “Elizabeth Bennet meets Buffy”, and that pretty much sums this book up in a few words. By turns witty, delicious Regency society drama and dark, action-packed adventure, I could not put it down. Lady Helen Wrexhall is about to step… Read more »

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Review: Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

Review: Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

Have you ever been part of a fandom? Thought about what might happen next in the story? Collected random snippets compulsively on Pinterest? (Okay maybe that’s just me.) This book is for you. Cath’s twin sister Wren is embracing college life, going to parties and making new friends. Quiet, socially anxious… Read more »

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Review: Soundless, Richelle Mead

Review: Soundless, Richelle Mead

A stand-alone story involving an isolated Chinese village, written by a well-established YA author: Sounds amazing, right? Well, in a lot of ways, it was. The book is only short and the pace is relentless, at least once Fei leaves the village. I loved the idea of a village perched… Read more »

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Series Spotlight: The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer

Series Spotlight: The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer

This Series Spotlight features one of our favourite series from the last few years, The Lunar Chronicles.  1. Cinder – Jan 2012  2. Scarlet – Jan 2013  3. Cress – Jan 2014  4. Winter – Nov 2015  3.5. Fairest – Jan 2015  Collected short stories – Feb 2016 Cinder was… Read more »

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Review: Ice Like Fire, Sara Raasch

Review: Ice Like Fire, Sara Raasch

This review is for the second book in this series, and so contains spoilers for the first. You may wish to go and listen to Philippa and I chat (in a non-spoilery way) about Snow Like Ashes instead!

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Review: Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review: Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

When the mining colony on Kerenza IV is attached by the BeiTech mega-corporation, only three ships escape carrying civilian refugees as well as their own crew – the Alexander, the Copernicus and the Hypatia. Overcrowded and damaged, the ships are chased towards the nearest hyperspace jump point by the BeiTech… Read more »

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Review: A Madness So Discreet

Review: A Madness So Discreet

This novel is set in historical, 19th century America and delves into the fine lines between what is normal versus what makes one insane.  Set in a time where it takes very little to judge one mad, this book provides an enjoyable “whodunit” premise while making a subtler argument that… Read more »

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