Review – Barefoot on the Wind

Thanks to Walker Books Australia for sending me a media release copy of Barefoot on the Wind. The tale of Beauty and the Beast is an established and familiar story, stretching from its traditional roots in 1700’s France to the arguably best-known film representations by Disney. Zoë Mariott offers a retelling of Beauty and the Beast…

Review – Empire of Storms

This is a *spoiler-free* review for Empire of Storms. This review contains spoilers for previous books in the series. The fifth book in Sarah J. Maas’ epic fantasy series was always going to be highly-anticipated and under pressure to deliver. As we reach the pointy end of Aelin’s journey to defeat the evil tyrant, the Dark…

Review – Maladapted

Like a science experiment, Maladapted by Richard Kurti feels like a strange creation made from various parts, familiar in some places but alien in others. The result is a somewhat confused YA sci-fi that doesn’t quite reach its own potential.

Review – Desolation

Bring a strong stomach to Derek Landy’s latest demonic fantasy, Desolation, sequel to the surprisingly good Demon Road from last year. Blood drenches the pages (figuratively) from the very beginning, and the action doesn’t relent for the next five hundred pages – but there’s a rather human story being told beneath that devilish skin.

Review – Six of Crows

What do you get if you combine the clever heists of Ocean’s Eleven with the multi-POV and superpowers of Zeroes? It’d look something like Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, a new series set in her existing Grisha universe – just make sure you’ve read Shadow and Bone first.

Movie Review – Allegiant

It’s no secret that the third film in the Divergent series has been unfavourably received by fans and box offices around the world. Die-hard book-lovers criticized it for (excuse the pun) diverging from the novels – but comparisons to the source material aside, there’s a half-decent YA flick underneath the flashy sci-fi skin.

Review: The Glittering Court

For a plot that’s basically about selling beautiful women, The Glittering Court as a novel doesn’t seem to know what it’s selling me. It alternates between so many agendas that I’m not sure if it’s a gritty allusion to human trafficking, or a social stance against 1800’s era sexism, or a criticism of the British/American…

Review: THE SIDEKICKS

Contemporary novels are driven by their characters, by the intrinsic humanity we as readers are able to find in the paper construct of a novel. In lines of black ink, and in the images our mind conjures from these pages, our soul reaches out to a person that doesn’t even exist – and in-between real and imaginary,…

Review: Queen of Shadows

Once every decade or so, readers are privileged enough to experience a saga unfolding before them, an epic series that will sweep them away into a narrative they’ll always remember. With Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the six-book Throne of Glass series, Sarah J Maas has catapulted her books into that legendary, unforgettable…

Review: Passenger

I wanted to like Passenger. Alexandra Bracken may have disappointed me before, but I’m always willing to give books and authors a second chance – sometimes I might be proven wrong. Sadly, that was not the case with Passenger, the new time-travel series by Bracken, which I buddy-read with fellow blogger, PasoMaddie.