Review: Ithaca by Claire North

**Content warnings for rape, sexual assault, war, famine and gore.** This is quite a fun mark for my time here on the bookish internet. I started this blog and my bookstagram roughly within a few months of each other. And one of my first books I posted on the latter was my thoughts on The…

The 30 for 30 challenge

So I’m turning 30 soon. In about 2 weeks in fact. And I would like to mark the occasion. But only in the way I enjoy which is reading. I don’t particularly hold stock in the idea of aging or worry about anything to do with it. My existential crises tend to arrive when some…

Review: Priest of Crowns by Peter McLean

**Content warnings for graphic torture, accounts of sexual assault, physical assault, drugging, forced sedation, addiction, paedophilia, chattel slavery, cannibalism, self immolation, homophobia, sexism, PTSD and alcoholism.** Possible spoilers for book one and two in the series. Well now. Here we are. The end of the line. It’s been a while since I started a series and completed it all…

2022: Reading in Review

Well it’s been a while hasn’t it?! Firstly, happy new year to you all. I hope everyone had a nice holiday, regardless of what you celebrate. Mine was a lovely holiday spent with family and everyone close to me. I realise I don’t owe anyone an explanation for a month of no blog posts but…

Mini Review: Undercover by Tamsyn Muir

It’s not my norm to review a single short story on the blog, but there are exceptions to be made. I’m an absolute down to clown for anything Tamsyn Muir writes. So a new short story where it’s a guard and their charge with some strange tension and more genre mashing is not going without…

Review: Loki by Melvin Burgess

***Content warnings for death, torture, murder, homophobia, transphobia, rape, dismemberment, bestiality (kind of?) and blood*** I love Norse myths. This year I’ve definitely been making an effort to seek retellings of these out. One of my favourites from this year so far, The Witch’s Heart, follows Angrboda who rarely gets an outing despite being the…

Review: What Moves the Dead by T.Kingfisher

***Content warnings body horror, death of a parent and siblings, misgendering, mentions of war, famine and PTSD*** Think it’s safe to call T.Kingfisher one of my auto buy authors now. I literally bought this and read it in the same week. That is fairly unheard of when one has shelves as full as mine. But…

Review: A Dowry of Blood by S.T Gibson (2022 pub)

**Content warnings from authors website; Emotional, verbal & physical intimate partner abuse and gaslighting, Sexual assault mentioned, Depression & mania, Self-harm, Alcohol consumption, Drug use mentioned, Blood & gore depiction and body horror, Drowning mentioned, Murder, War themes, Famine and plague** Eagle eyed readers (or my partner who never stopped hearing about it) will remember…

Review: Priest of Gallows by Peter McLean

**Content warnings for graphic torture, accounts of sexual assault, physical assault, drugging, forced sedation, addiction, paedophilia, chattel slavery, cannibalism, self immolation, homophobia, sexism, PTSD and alcoholism.** Possible spoilers for book one and two in the series. Ever feel scared to start the next book in a series? Like legit knowing that it’s one of your…

September Wrap Up

In my usual delayed fashion, today on the blog I’m going to be wrapping up what was somehow September. I’ve been away from the blog for a bit so this is a nice point to check in. I’ve made no secret that this year has been a bit of a struggle for me mental health…