Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

Title: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) Author: Cassandra Clare Genres: Fantasy, Romance Target Audience: Young adults Pages: 698 Publication date: 08/03/16 (UK) My rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)   Synopsis Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the…

Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin

Title: Pretend I’m Dead Author: Jen Beagin Genres: Contemporary Fiction Target Audience: Adults Pages: 231 Publication date: 05/07/18 (UK) My rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5) Synopsis Jen Beagin’s funny, moving, fearless debut novel introduces an unforgettable character, Mona—almost 24, cleaning houses to get by, emotionally adrift. Handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a recipient who proceeds…

Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford

Title: Fight Like a Girl Author: Clementine Ford Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Feminism Target Audience: Adults Pages: 294 Publication date: 02/08/18 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut Fight…

Release by Patrick Ness

Title: Release Author: Patrick Ness Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, LGBT Fiction Target Audience: Young adults Pages: 287 Publication date: 04/05/17 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches……

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Title: Ash Princess Author: Laura Sebastian Genres: Fantasy Target audience: Young adults Pages: 432 Published on: 14/06/2018 (UK) My rating: ★★★★☆   Synopsis Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title…

Shadow & Bone (The Grishaverse #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1) Author: Leigh Bardugo Genres: Fantasy, Romance Target audience: Young adults Pages: 308 Published on: 31/07/2014 (UK) My rating: ★★★☆☆ Synopsis Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast…

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

  Title: A Skinful of Shadows Author: Frances Hardinge Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Target audience: Young adults Pages: 416 Published on: 21/09/2017 (UK) My rating: ★★★☆☆ Synopsis This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . . Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.  Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.  Twelve-year-old…

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman

      Title: Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) Author: Neal Shusterman Genres: Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Fantasy Target audience: Young adults Pages: 528 Published on: 03/05/2018 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of…

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell

  Title: Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) Author: Sebastien de Castell Genres: Fantasy, Magic Target audience: Young adults Pages: 416 Published on: 07/04/2017 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★     “History is written by the victors, but the truth has a way of revealing itself. Magic is neither good nor evil, it is how we use it that…

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero

  Title: The Dollmaker of Krakow Author: R. M. Romero Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Target audience: Children’s (Middle Grade) (just kidding, don’t let your kids read this) Pages: 288 Publication date: 05/10/2017 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★ If you like getting your heart reduced to nothing, read this book.   Synopsis Karolina is a living doll whose…