I’m usually not someone who likes memoirs. I often find they they’re incredibly indulgent and not particularly fun to read – see my rant about H is for Hawk. That being said, I’m not sure what drew me to The Outrun. It might have been its gorgeous cover or its setting, but I picked it up for some reason and I’m so glad I did.
Blackbird by N. D. Gomes Publisher: HQ Teen Publication date: 16 November 2017 Pages: Format: physical proof Rating: 3.75 out of 5 blackbirds I received a proof copy of this book at YALC. This does not influence my opinion. This review is spoiler-free. Blackbird is a proof I picked up at YALC this... Continue Reading →
I’m going to start off by saying that I’ve never read or watched Gossip Girl. Shocking, I know. Why do I mention this? The Thousandth Floor has been heavily promoted as 'Gossip Girl in the 22nd century'. I can go in for some fun drama if it’s well done, so I decided to pick this up. I have a lot of mixed feelings about The Thousandth Floor, as you can probably see from my rating, but I do think that this all comes down to taste.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch Publisher: Gollancz Publication date: 01 February 2007 Pages: 530 Format: Paperback Series: The Gentleman Bastards Sequence #1 Rating: Five out of five hatchets This is a spoiler-free review. This book has been on my radar for years, but I never managed to make a... Continue Reading →
Ever since reading her wonderful book The Gospel of Loki, I’ve been meaning to read more by Joanne M. Harris. She’s a wonderful storyteller and seems to favor mythology lately, a big plus in my book, so I was thrilled to receive an early copy of Pocketful of Crows.
There are times when a book comes into your life that you think you won't like, but you somehow end up loving. That book for me was The Diabolic. It has so many elements that I usually dislike: an overpowered heroine, a cocky-on-the-outside-but-soft-and-squishy-on-the-inside hero, the ‘this could all be resolved if we actually sat down and talked about our feelings’ romantic subplot. However, everything came together really well and just works.
Daughter of the Burning City is the much-hyped debut novel from Amanda Foody. I was approved to read this book a few months back but was holding off for some reason. Good reviews kept pouring in and when I saw early copies on sale at YALC, I had to have a physical copy. I'm so pleased to say that I was surprised by Daughter of the Burning City in the best way possible!
There's Someone Inside Your House was one of my top priorities for YALC. I hadn't read anything by Perkins before, but it looked like the absolute perfect nostalgia trip. Growing up in the 90’s, teen slasher flicks were everywhere. While I was too terrified to actually watch most of them until I was older, they hold a special place in my heart. I absolutely had to get my hands on a copy of this book and was prepared to be scared.
Sea of Rust first drew my eye because it has one of the most stunning covers I've seen this year, and we've established here before that I am incredibly shallow when it comes to my books. I was delighted by the description -- it sounded so incredibly Asimovian and old-school sci-fi that I had to take a chance.