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…

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…

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…

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

  Title: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Author: Neal Shusterman Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia Pages: 448 Publication date: 01/02/2018 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★ The perfect world. The perfect book.      Synopsis In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional scythes….

A list of books with amazing female protagonists

Happy International Women’s Day, people! If you’re a woman, make sure you remember how powerful and capable you are not only today but especially today. If you’re a man, make sure every single woman in your life feels your support, because it is important. Now, if you need to be reminded of the existence of…

The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1) by Cressida Cowell

Title: The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1) Author: Cressida Cowell Genres: Fantasy, Children’s, Middle Grade Pages: 393 Published on: 19th September 2017 My rating: ★★★★★ The Wizards of Once is the kind of book every child should read. It’s also the kind of book every adult who is passionate about stories filled with adventure and…

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star Author: Nicola Yoon Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Pages: 348 My rating: ★★★★★ Don’t you love when you give a book a try, even when your expectations are low, and end up loving it? I certainly do and that’s what happened to me this time.     Synopsis…

The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

      Title: The Toymakers Author: Robert Dinsdale Genres: Fantasy; Historical Fiction; Magical Realism Pages: 480 Publishing date: 08/02/18 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★ I could feel the magic emanating from this book as soon as it touched my hands. It was the same kind of magic that comes with the first day of snow. The kind…

Top 10 Most Anticipated Fantasy Reads of 2018

New year, lots of new books! Although I haven’t managed to finish a single book this month because of everything that’s been going on in my messy life, my neverending to-be-read list is still growing a little bit more every day – and the new additions to the pile are very exciting. There are so…