I absolutely devoured THE CITY OF DUSK in two days, which even I was impressed by considering it's a hell of a chonky book. I've been on a huge adult fantasy kick lately, and when I spotted this one in Waterstones I knew I had to have it. I really loved Tara Sims' SCAVENGE THE STARS series, and everything I heard about this book made me more excited for it. It held up to my hopes, and I already can't wait for the next book in this new series.
REVIEW | Let the Mountains Be My Grave | Francesca Tacchi
I'm a sucker for a Neon Hemlock novella, so when I was offered a review copy of LET THE MOUNTAINS BE MY GRAVE, a queer historical fantasy set in Italy in 1944 as a goddess-blessed partisan fighter seeks vengeance against the Nazis. I loved this book, and it definitely held up to the high quality I expect from these novellas.
REVIEW | We Can Never Leave This Place | Eric LaRocca
I stumbled across YOU'VE LOST A LOT OF BLOOD on twitter and bought the ebook on a whim. It was a total cover buy, because I'm a sucker for horror book covers that are a little... gross. I read it in one sitting, then immediately listened to the audiobook for THINGS HAVE GOTTEN WORSE SINCE WE LAST SPOKE and made Andee read it too so we could talk about it. So when Eric LaRocca asked for reviewers for WE CAN NEVER LEAVE THIS PLACE, I stopped dead and read the whole thing immediately.
REVIEW | Legends and Lattes | Travis Baldree
I read this book while I was sick with covid and I honestly think this novel has curative powers. I read the entire thing in one sitting and once I was done I wanted to lie down and bask in it for the rest of my life. I hope that this novel and its well-deserved hype prompts a whole genre of cozy, low-stakes fantasy because this is everything I didn't know I was looking for.
REVIEW | The Mask of Mirrors | M.A. Carrick | Rooks & Rose #1
I picked up THE MASK OF MIRRORS in a 99p ebook sale because Alex told me that he liked it a lot. I didn't really know much about it, other than that I love Orbit fantasy a lot and I trust Alex's taste. It was kind of a revelation to me how much I enjoyed this book - especially considering that I dnf'd one of the co-author's other books. I really enjoyed the entire premise of this - especially when it went in completely a different direction than I expected.
REVIEW | The Disorder Collection
I read The Forward Collection last year, and so far this year I've read The Trespass Collection, The Black Stars Collection, The Dark Corners Collection and The Hush Collection. I'm absolutely hooked on these speedy pieces of short fiction. They're available in ebook and audio via Kindle Unlimited, which is a great deal for lots of excellent short fiction. If you'd like to sign up for Kindle Unlimited, my link is here and at the bottom of this review. This collection is focused on a world that's almost ours, and gave me a real sense of uncanny valley.
REVIEW | The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I read and loved THE MERCIES, which was my first introduction to Kiran Millwood Hargrave's work. THE DANCE TREE is similar in tone and themes to THE MERCIES, and I can't wait to have them next to each other on my shelves. I think I might like THE DANCE TREE even more than THE MERCIES, which is saying something - THE MERCIES was previously my favourite historical fiction ever.
REVIEW | The Hush Collection
I read The Forward Collection last year, and so far this year I've read The Trespass Collection, The Black Stars Collection and The Dark Corners Collection. I definitely can't stop now, I'm absolutely hooked on these short pieces of fiction that are perfect for passing my work days. They're available in ebook and audio via Kindle Unlimited, which is a great deal for lots of excellent short fiction. If you'd like to sign up for Kindle Unlimited, my link is here and at the bottom of this review. This collection is focused on lies and secrets that might have been better left buried.
BLOG TOUR REVIEW | Misrule | Heather Walter | Malice #2
I have, unfortunately, had a few months of disappointing sequels, so when I got sent the absolutely stunning physical ARC of Misrule, I was equal parts excited and scared. I loved Malice the first time I read it, and when I reread it in preparation for Misrule, I loved it even more. And Heather Walter? She knocked it out of the park. This sequel absolutely stuck the landing.
REVIEW | The Dark Corners Collection
I am quickly becoming obsessed with the Audible Original Collections. I read The Forward Collection last year, and this year I've already devoured The Trespass Collection and The Black Stars Collection. But this one? Short horror? This is my dream. They're available in ebook and audio via Kindle Unlimited, which is a great deal for lots of terrifying short fiction. If you'd like to sign up for Kindle Unlimited, my link is here and at the bottom of this review. This collection is a horrifying look at the things that hide in the shadows.