When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist
Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire
How can old wounds heal while maggots linger so richly?
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.
Life isn't fair, it's just fairer than death, that's all
It begins with a discovery of witches
Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?
Synopsis: Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human. Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea … Continue reading Review: Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco
Synopsis: Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia. Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that … Continue reading Review: Dawn Study, by Maria V Snyder
“Just because something seems impossible doesn’t make it untrue,”
"From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight." Rereading one of my favourite childhood authors as an adult
Synopsis: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason … Continue reading Review: The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon
Synopsis: Paper Magician: Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that … Continue reading Review: The Paper Magician Trilogy, by Charlie N Holmberg
Synopsis: About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her … Continue reading Review: Chronicles of Ixia, by Maria V Snyder
Synopsis: Irene must be at the top of her game or she'll be off the case - permanently... Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But … Continue reading Review: The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Colman
Synopsis: Mare's blood is red - the colour of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from the prince and friend who betrayed … Continue reading Review: Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard
Synopsis: The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst of those she hates the most. She quickly … Continue reading Review: Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: One day, a young girl named Alice is sitting on the riverbank with her sister, when she sees a curious looking white rabbit. She soon after falls into the magical world of Wonderland, where she meets a series of strange creatures. Through the Looking Glass: Nothing is quite what it seems … Continue reading Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through The Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
The Diamond Ring: After ten years of exile Sparhawk Elenia returns to resume his duties as Pandion Knight and Paladin queen. However, his young queen, Ehlana, suffers a fatal disease, supposedly the same that led to the tomb Aldreas the king, his father. It remains alive thanks to powerful spell invoked by Sephrenia, ageless woman who initiates … Continue reading Review: The Elenium Trilogy, by David Eddings
Synopsis: What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution? For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all. Born as a Scholar, she’s never had much of a choice. For Elias it’s the opposite. He has seen too much on … Continue reading Review: An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir