Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune

***Trigger warnings: Mentions of child abuse, child neglect, bullying and anxiety. More details on rep detailed here *** SFF as a whole doesn’t have many stories that I myself would call uplifting. Of course they are there to be sought out! Becky Chambers’s Wayfarers series is often referred to as “hope punk’ for the optimistic…

Review: An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

****Trigger warnings for blood letting, murder, death of a parent (off page), child neglect/abandonment, self harm and murder.**** It’s been a while since I went off the beaten track SFF wise and just picked up a book on a whim. I’m aware of Kat Howard’s work mostly because of her run on The Books of…

Review: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire

Over the year, I’ve been slowly reading my way through Seanan McGuire’s Incryptid series and it’s really been a gateway for me back into urban fantasy. I sadly couldn’t get to this book, the third in the series, until now just due to life, work and being a human. While my opinion of the last…

Review: Deathless by Catherynne M.Valente

So if it’s something I love, is a weird, polarising book. All the better if it’s something of a retelling or incorporates elements of folklore and stories past. I generally go out of my way to find them and not until I moved earlier this year did I realise that Deathless was one of those…

Review: Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer tends to be an auto buy author for me. I’ve pretty much been on board since I read Annihilation back in 2018 and saw the spectacular film not long after. There is a certain appeal to me for how he uses New Weird elements mixed with classic scifi tropes, borderline horror and just…

Review: The Ikessar Falcon by K.S Villoso

Mild spoilers ahead for The Wolf of Oren Yaro. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I read and reviewed The Wolf of Oren Yaro. I can distinctly remember it being the first book I read on my first annual leave of the pandemic and it utterly taking over my brain for a…

Review: Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal

Before carrying on with my own review, I think it’s proper to discuss the issues that have been discussed around this book. I’m very obviously white and Irish so have no salt in any discussion about what is good representation of another race and what isn’t. This book features an Indian American protagonist and there…

Review: For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

***Content warnings for blood letting, self harm/cutting, child and parental neglect, gore, death of a parent and more listed on the authors site here*** It’s been a while since I dropped everything to read a book that just arrived in the post that same day. But there is a lot to be said when that…

Review: The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu

***Content warnings for kidnapping, implied death of a parent, mentions of child prostitution and abuse, child abuse and poverty*** I HAVE RETURNED! Hello everyone! Hope you’re all well, I’m back with my first review in a while today. Apologies for the blog being silent, I did mention on Twitter taking time to step away for…

Review: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

***Trigger warnings for sexual assault, discussions of miscarriage, war, police brutality and famine.*** There’s something almost transcendent about Ursula K. Le Guin’s books. I spent my summer last year making my way through the Earthsea quartet, reviewing them all here on the blog and it was honestly such an eye opening experience going through such…