BOOK REVIEW: GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS BY MELISSA BASHARDOUST

TITLE: Girls Made of Snow and Glass AUTHOR: Melissa Bashardoust GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books PAGES: 375 MY RATING: 3.5/5     SYNOPSIS The Bloody Chamber meets Frozen in this fantasy feminist fairy tale. At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone. Her heart…

BOOK REVIEW: S.T.A.G.S. BY M. A. BENNETT

TITLE: S.T.A.G.S. AUTHOR: M. A. Bennett GENRES: Fiction, YA, thriller PUBLISHER: Hot Key Books     SYNOPSIS “Nine students. Three blood sports. One deadly weekend. It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into sixth form at the exclusive St Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as STAGS. Just when…

BOOK REVIEW: 11.22.63 BY STEPHEN KING

TITLE: 11.22.63 AUTHOR: Stephen King GENRES: Fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy MY RATING: 5+/5       SYNOPSIS “Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out. President John F. Kennedy is dead. Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays…

BOOK REVIEW: BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME

TITLE: Because You Love to Hate Me EDITED BY: Ameriie GENRES: Fantasy, YA, anthology PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury MY RATING: 3.5/5     SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads): “Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world. In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the…

BOOK REVIEW: A HAT FULL OF SKY BY TERRY PRATCHETT

TITLE: A Hat Full of Sky AUTHOR: Terry Pratchett GENRES: Fiction, fantasy, YA PUBLISHER: HarperCollins  MY RATING: 3.5/5       SYNOPSIS “Something is coming after Tiffany… Tiffany Aching is ready to begin her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic – not chores and ill-tempered goats! Surely there must be more to witchcraft than this! What…

BOOK REVIEW: WHEN THE MOON IS LOW BY NADIA HASHIMI

TITLE: When the Moon is Low AUTHOR: Nadia Hashimi GENRES: Fiction, historical, contemporary PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers Inc MY RATING: 4/5       SYNOPSIS “Mahmoud’s passion for his wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she’s ever known. But their happy, middle-class world—a life of education, work, and comfort—implodes when their country is engulfed in war,…

BOOK REVIEW: CINNAMON BY NEIL GAIMAN

TITLE: Cinnamon AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman (Illustrated by Divya Srinivasan) GENRES: Picture book, children’s fiction PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury PAGES: 40 MY RATING: 4/5     SYNOPSIS (taken from Bloomsbury website) “In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is…

BOOK REVIEW: THE BLACK PRISM BY BRENT WEEKS

TITLE: The Black Prism AUTHOR: Brent Weeks GENRES: Fiction, fantasy PUBLISHER: Orbit PAGES: 787 MY RATING: 4/5   SYNOPSIS “Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power wit and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile…

BOOK REVIEW: IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT BY JUDY BLUME

TITLE: In The Unlikely Event AUTHOR: Judy Blume GENRES: Fiction, historical, contemporary PUBLISHER: Picador PAGES: 400 MY RATING: 4/5   SYNOPSIS “In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen and in love for the first…

BOOK REVIEW: ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS BY NAYOMI MUNAWEERA

TITLE: Island of a Thousand Mirrors AUTHOR: Nayomi Munaweera GENRES: Fiction, history PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin PAGES: 288 MY RATING: 4.5/5     SYNOPSIS “Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families; two young women, ripe for love with hopes for the future; and a chance encounter…

BOOK REVIEW: HAG-SEED BY MARGARET ATWOOD

TITLE: Hag-Seed AUTHOR: Margaret Atwood GENRES: Fiction, contemporary, retelling PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House PAGES: 289 MY RATING: 3/5   SYNOPSIS “It’s got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge. Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other:…

BOOK REVIEW: A MAN CALLED OVE BY FREDRIK BACKMAN

TITLE: A Man Called Ove AUTHOR: Fredrik Backman GENRES: Fiction, contemporary, humour PUBLISHER: Sceptre PAGES: 294 MY RATING: 5+/5   SYNOPSIS “At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators…