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Book Review ‘The Last Smile in Sunder City’ ~ Luke Arnold

41910151._SY475_The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold

Publication Date: January 28th 2020

Publisher: Orbit

Blurb: I’m Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the window. There are a few things you should know before you hire me:
1. Sobriety costs extra.
2. My services are confidential – the cops can never make me talk.
3. I don’t work for humans.

It’s nothing personal – I’m human myself. But after what happened, Humans don’t need my help. Not like every other creature who had the magic ripped out of them when the Coda came…
I just want one real case. One chance to do something good.
Because it’s my fault the magic is never coming back.


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Book Review ‘Upright Women Wanted’ ~ Sarah Gailey

45320365Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

Publication Date: February 4th 2020


Blurb: “That girl’s got more wrong notions than a barn owl’s got mean looks.”

Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her–a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda.

The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.


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A Mini DNF Review ‘A Heart So Fierce and Broken’ ~ Brigid Kemmerer

42952728A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Publication Date: January 21st 2020

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series: Cursebreakers #2

Blurb: Find the heir, win the crown.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Harper has freed Prince Rhen from the curse that almost destroyed his kingdom. But all is not well; rumours are rife that there is a rival heir with a stronger claim to the throne and that ‘Princess’ Harper of Disi is nothing but a fraud.

Grey has fled the castle carrying a terrible secret. When he is discovered by soldiers and returned to Ironrose by force, Grey’s allegiances begin to shift. And as he grows closer to an enemy princess, he is forced to decide whether he will stand against Rhen for the crown he never wanted.


After really enjoying A Curse So Dark and Lonely I really wanted to enjoy A Heart So Fierce and Broken but alas… we are.

I just could not, for the life of me, get into this. Some of the new characters annoyed me and old favourites just didn’t seem the same. I was going to push through but in the end it just wasn’t worth it. I wouldn’t say don’t read it – if you’re keen by all means go for it, I hope you enjoy it, but this time as much as I wanted otherwise I didn’t enjoy it enough to make it worth finishing.

“Choices are never easy. There are good and bad options, but the most dangerous is to not make any choice at all.”

*I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

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Mini Review ‘Riot Baby’ ~ Tochi Onyebuchi

43719523._SY475_Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Publication Date: January 21st 2020

Publisher: Tor

Blurb: Rooted in foundational loss and the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is both a global dystopian narrative an intimate family story with quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience.

Ella and Kev are brother and sister, both gifted with extraordinary power. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by structural racism and brutality. Their futures might alter the world. When Kev is incarcerated for the crime of being a young black man in America, Ella—through visits both mundane and supernatural—tries to show him the way to a revolution that could burn it all down.



Riot Baby is an intense and wonderfully written novella that draws you straight in. Ella and Kev are both magnetic leads. Ella in particular with her fury really captivated me. For a novella, Riot Baby felt so vast. Sometimes with novellas, even when I love them, there’s a part of me that wants more – but with Riot Baby it felt like there was so much more than 170 pages worth of story. The sci-fi/magic element added an extra element to the story that I just loved.

There were times where I had to wrap my head around the time skips and flashes into past memories as well as how Kev and Ella’s abilities worked but other than that Riot Baby is a powerful and emotive read that I definitely recommend you put on your tbr piles.

I am the locusts and the frogs and the rivers of blood. I am here now.

*I received a review copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

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Book Review ‘Carved From Stone and Dream’ ~ T Frohock

43801242._SY475_Carved From Stone and Dream by T. Frohock

Publication Date: February 25th 2020

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Series: Los Nefilim

Blurb: February 1939

Catalonia has fallen. Los Nefilim is in retreat.

With the Nationalist forces hard on their heels, the members of Los Nefilim—Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons—make a desperate run for the French border.

Diago Alvarez, a singular being of angelic and daimonic descent, follows Guillermo and a small group of nefilim through the Pyrenees, where the ice is as treacherous as postwar loyalties—both can kill with a single slip. When a notebook of Los Nefilim’s undercover operatives falls into a traitor’s hands, Diago and Guillermo risk their lives to track it down. As they uncover a pocket realm deep within the Pyrenees, Diago discovers his family is held hostage.

Faced with an impossible choice: betray Los Nefilim, or watch his family die, Diago must nurture the daimonic song he has so long denied in order to save those he loves.


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