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…

Review: A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

**Content warnings for homophobia, sexism, mental abuse, mentions of child neglect, blood letting, self harm, assault, racism and mentions forcible drugging.** Fantasies of manners. You know me if you read this blog frequently, I do love them. I am still woefully behind on Gail Carriger’s work but my chosen reads have always been interesting and…

Review: Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

**CWs for death, mentions of torture, violence, self mutilation, blood letting, suicide, discussions of war and nuclear weaponry, disordered eating (mild forced eating included), Amnesia/Memory Loss/”Losing Time” and shootings** Mild spoilers from here for Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth. I’ve done my waiting, and finally. My time came. I’ve made absolutely no secret…

Review: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

**CWs for genocide, homophobia, racism, child death, human sacrifice, torture, Immolation/self-immolation, forced drug intake/withdrawal , manipulation, body horror and familial abuse.** This book has been a long time coming up and the joy in my soul at having read this is huge. I have had an eye on Tasha Suri’s books since her novel Empire…

Review: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

***Content warnings for racism, genocide, torture, rape, pedophilia, colonialism, oppression, death of a child/family member, abudction, starvation and cannibalism*** I recently started a mini challenge over on my TikTok where I plan to read down the books on my reading cart. First choice from it was The Marrow Thieves, which I have owned since 2021….

Review: The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne

***Content warnings for blood, murder, miscarriage, death of a parent and infant, murder, mentions of rape and torture, and ableism.*** Fairytale retelling, villain perspective, dark forests with forbidden magic. If ye know me by know ye also know that this is very up my alley. One story though I never thought about was that of…