The Power – simplistic gender flipping or a fantastical thought experiment?

The Power – simplistic gender flipping or a fantastical thought experiment?

The Power | Naomi Alderman  ★★★★ 'She cuppeth the lightning in her hand. She commandeth it to strike' There are lots of reviews that make this comparison, so let's get this out of the way: The Power in many ways reminded me of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It's similar in not only the framing device used to [...]

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Where were the dragons in Priory of the Orange Tree? (And other issues I had)

Where were the dragons in Priory of the Orange Tree? (And other issues I had)

The Priory of the Orange Tree | Samantha Shannon ★★½ So this is going to be a controversial blog post as I've seen nothing but good reviews for The Priory of the Orange Tree, especially amongst YA readers but I have a *lot* to say about this high fantasy. ***Minor spoilers ahead*** Although I was [...]

#YARC2019 Ignite the Stars kinda just fizzled

#YARC2019 Ignite the Stars kinda just fizzled

Ignite the Stars | Maura Milan ★★ When the Commonwealth finally captures the notorious criminal Ia Cocha, they're shocked to discover that she is a 17-year-old girl. Instead of imprisoning her, General Adams corners Ia into enrolling in the elite Star Force Military Academy, located on a hidden base. Cocha bides her time, planning to [...]

A Gathering of Shadows is a slow burn Character Story

A Gathering of Shadows is a slow burn Character Story

A Gathering of Shadows | V. E. Schwab ★★★ Set four months after A Darker Shade of Magic, Kell is more prisoner than prince watched closely by the King and Queen and blamed for the so-called Black Night. Rhy grapples with the guilt of being tied to Kell's life and the uncanny feeling that comes with his [...]

A Darker Shade of Magic Makes My London Look Really Grey

A Darker Shade of Magic Makes My London Look Really Grey

A Darker Shade of Magic | V. E. Schwab ★★★★ There are four Londons. Red London is the healthy empire, Grey London is the city without magic, White London is the starving world and Black London is sealed off, consumed by dark magic. Kell, is an Antari, one of the few people granted passage between the [...]

Normal People Delves into the Uncertainty of Youth

Normal People Delves into the Uncertainty of Youth

Normal People | Sally Rooney ★★★ Connell wished he knew how other people conducted their private lives, so that he could copy by example. Normal People follows two Irish teenagers, Marianne and Connell, who belong to different worlds. Marianne is the rich, intelligent outcast who no one speaks to and Connell, whose mother cleans Marianne's [...]