5 Points, Favourites, Gothic & Horror, Reviews, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Memory | Stand-Alone | ISBN 9781408326510 | Orchard Books, 2013 | 4.5 out of 5 Points

“This is a book about a ghost called Story. She’s lost in the city – alone, afraid and without her memory. Then she meets Jude, a boy who sees the dead. And he is the only one who can help her remember…

Jude Finney has a special talent: He can see the dreams of the dead. Or ghosts, as you might call them. In Highgate Cemetery, in a world between reality and dreams, he meets the ghost of Story, a mysterious girl, who knows thousands of stories but can’t remember her own. But Jude is sure that Story is still alive somewhere in London. And that it’s time to find her, before it’s too late.”  Continue Reading

3 Points, Fairytales, Fantasy, Reviews, Young Adult

Dorothy Must DieDorothy Must Die | Dorothy Must Die #1 | ISBN 9780062280671 | HarperCollins, 2014 | 3 out of 5 Points

“I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission.” Continue Reading

3 Points, Humour, Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Just Dreaming | Silver #3 | ISBN 9781627790802 | Henry Holt, 2017 | 3 out of 5 Points

“The course of dream travel never did run smooth—at least, not in Liv Silver’s experience. Able to visit other people’s dreams (whether they want her to or not), Liv has solved mysteries, unearthed difficult truths, fought madmen, and escaped life-threatening peril, all from the comfort of her own bed. But Liv’s troubles are just beginning…

A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead-set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy.” Continue Reading

Bookish Music, Lists

So you might know by now that I am a huge goddamn Tolkien geek. But Tolkien is, of course, not the only Fantasy writer I love. From trashy classics like the “John Carter” stories to complicated treasures like Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “Darkover” novels and behemoths like “A Song of Ice and Fire” (do not speak to me about the show), I just love to delve into strange worlds full of magic and heroism and intrigue and all that other good stuff. And for some reason, Fantasy as a genre has always been a lot more connected with music than any other genre of literature – very likely because of all the power metal I’ve listened to during my formative years, while I was also gorging myself on fantasy novels.

And because I like to help people find new things to love, I want to introduce you to a few of the bands and singers who have touched me the most as a fantasy fan. Continue Reading

Bookish Banter, Historical Fiction

One thing that comes up in many of our reviews is historical accuracy. That’s because Ludo and I are both major history nerds. I studied History and Prehistoric Archaeology because of my immense love for history, which I can only thank my Dad for. He let me watch history programmes every Sunday morning when I was a child and I think that’s when it started. I saw that one programme about the Titanic about a million times and the Titanic era is still one of my favourite historical periods to this day. Ludo got her love for history from her grandpa, who has been collecting history books and historical novels since the 1940s. So yeah, historical accuracy. That’s important to us and that’s why we get extra nitpicky when it comes to historical fiction. Here’s why it’s so important. Continue Reading

Bookish Banter, Reviews, TV Shows

13 Reasons Why Mental Illness“13 Reasons Why” has raised quite a bit of attention when it was released on Netflix earlier this year. An adaptation of a bestselling YA novel, and one of Netflix’ by now pretty famous direct-to-stream productions, it’s been hailed as ‘The show you have to binge watch next’. And it’s true that this show was extremely bingeable. At the beginning, you are presented with the premise:

There are 13 people who are responsible for the suicide of Hannah Baker, and with every episode, another person’s name and story will be revealed. You get to know a whole cast of people surrounding the main character, Clay, through whose ears we hear Hannah’s story, and you just want to know which of those people is one of the reasons, and if you find out that one person is a reason before their episode, you want to find out what they did.

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3 Points, Gothic & Horror, Mystery, Reviews, Thriller, Young Adult

Wish Me Dead | Stand-Alone | ISBN 9780141363028 | Penguin, 2015 | 3 out of 5 Points

“The funny thing is I never even meant the first one. Now I bitterly regret visiting the cursed witch’s house, deep in the middle of the forest. It’s where I made my wishes. I wished Klara Klein dead. It came true. I wished for the most gorgeous boy in town to finally notice me. It came true. I wished to be rid of the poisonous busybody who destroyed my family. It came true.

I didn’t mean for this to happen. Not me, Steffi Nett, the shy one who never says anything. But as the body count increases with every wish I make . . .who else could it be?” Continue Reading

4 Points, Favourites, Humour, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

The Reformed Vampire Support GroupThe Reformed Vampire Support Group | Paranormal Support Groups #1 | ISBN 9781847247780 | Quercus, 2009 | 4 out of 5 Points

“Think vampires are romantic, sexy, and powerful? Think again. Vampires are dead. And unless they want to end up staked, they have to give up fanging people, admit their addiction, join a support group, and reform themselves.

Nina Harrison, fanged at fifteen and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina (determined to prove that vamps aren’t useless or weak) at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter.”

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5 Points, Fantasy, Favourites, Reviews, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Heaven | Stand-Alone | ISBN 9781408314661 | Orchard Books, 2012 | 5 out of 5 Points

The night that Heaven lost her heart was cold and moonless. But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her dark blood… David Pettyfer is taking a shortcut over the dark rooftops of London’s brooding houses, when he literally stumbles across Heaven: a strange, beautiful, distraught girl who says that bad men have stolen her heart. Yet she’s still alive…

And so begins David and Heaven’s wild, exciting and mysterious adventure—to find Heaven’s heart, and to discover the incredible truth about her origins. Part thriller, part love story and part fairy tale, this brilliantly original novel from a bestselling German author will take your breath away…Continue Reading

5 Points, Contemporary Fiction, Humour, LGBT+ Fiction, Romance

Anne TeninoSweet Young Thang | Theta Alpha Gamma #3 | ISBN 9781626490321 | Riptide Publishing, 2013 | 5 out of 5 Points

Thanks to Collin Montes, Theta Alpha Gamma now welcomes gay and bisexual students. Persuading his Uncle Monty, president of the TAG Alumni Association, that the open approach won’t adversely affect TAG’s reputation is Collin’s own first step toward coming out. As long as there are no repercussions, he’ll escape the closet by graduation.

Enter repercussions, stage left: someone rigs the TAG House water heater to launch through the ceiling, then plants a bomb—thankfully unsuccessful—in the fraternity’s basement. Now Collin has his hands full not only trying to convince his uncle that this might not be the work of homophobes, but also dealing with a fratful of brothers worried about their kegger fridge.
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