Review: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

**Content warnings for ¬†Dysphoria, misgendering, amputation, war, famine, torture, death of a parent, homophobia, murder, (implied) sexual assault, ableism and starvation.** This has been a long time coming and I am so happy to be here having read this. I honestly think there is nothing quite like the quality of SFF debut’s coming out the…

Review: The Sword of Kaigen by M.L Wang

**Content warnings for war, rape, death of a child, death of a parent/family member, domestic violence, dubious consent, suicide, miscarriage, racism and murder** I’m back! It’s been a busy few weeks here in my library, a lot of things taking me away from my usual sedentary lifestyle of reading and hoarding books. I did in…

Review: Cuts and Bruises by Kelly O’Flaherty

***Content warnings for self harm, suicide ideation and attempted suicide, death of a family member, physical abuse, and domestic abuse.*** Wee disclaimer, I personally know the author and was sent this for review by Cranthorpe Millner as part of their Bookstagram tour (my stop is here). All thoughts and opinions here remain my own. Teenage…

Review: Witchmark by C.L Polk

***Content warnings for death, war, torture, coercion, slavery, murder, homophobia, mentions of suicide and suicide ideation and death of a parent*** I tend to have a bad habit. I am in the middle of a longer, denser work of SFF. I do read it but find myself hesitant to in moments of being anxious or…

Review: Priest of Lies by Peter McLean

***Content warnings for war, death, gore, murder, rape (off and on page), PTSD, child abuse, homophobia, sexual abuse, substance and alcohol abuse, plague, death of a parent, mentions of torture and animal abuse*** So ya know when you’re reading a series that really goes places you know are going to be dark, twisty and highly questionable?…

Tolkien going into my Thirties: Rereading Middle Earth

Follow me on TikTok and Instagram and you’ll see that me and the Tolkien thing has been going on a while. So earlier this year, in a fit of just needing a boost, my partner suggested we watch all of the extended Lord of the Rings films over the week. Just to cheer ourselves up….

Review: Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

I wonder if someone professional took a look over the years I came out of academia and examined my mental state via my reading taste, what they might say. I solely read horror and non fiction for the year after my degree and slowly went back to SFF so it always feels like a step…

Review: Gallant by V.E Schwab

A new Victoria Schwab book always gives me a little giddy boost. Her work although hit and miss for me is still always enjoyable. Granted I have yet to actually finish the Shades of Magic trilogy but I’ll still automatically buy anything she releases. So when this one was promised to be Crimson Peak vibes,…

Review: The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan

**CWs: violence, death, poverty, war, sexual assault, mentions of child abuse, death of a child and a spouse and torture** There’s this very strange part of my brain that routinely likes to bamboozle me. It’s the same part that makes me such a mood reader. I will often thrive on a book that is “vibes”…

Review Jade War by Fonda Lee

***CW’s: Violence, death, abortion, mentions of sexual assault, racism, ableism, torture, homophobia, gun violence and war*** Possible mild spoilers for Jade City as well I’ve said it on TikTok, Instagram and just about everywhere else. I did not finish this book, it finished me. I am not surprised however considering the first book, Jade City,…