1 Minute Reviews · Fiction · YA

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell | 1 Minute Reviews

If I had one word to sum up this book, I’d probably go for “quippy”. I’ve not laughed out loud so frequently while reading a book for quite a while, probably not since Frogkisser by Garth Nix. Kellen is a Jan’Tep, a sorcerer. Or at least he hopes to be by his sixteenth birthday. The… Continue reading Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Fiction

Tin Man by Sarah Winman | 1 Minute Reviews

I love slightly melancholic books. There’s something wonderful about being wrapped up in bed with a warm drink reading a book that stirs an ache in your chest… perhaps that’s just me. Stories with LGBTQ+ characters or themes get extra points from me. I have quite the stack of sad gay novellas to work my… Continue reading Tin Man by Sarah Winman | 1 Minute Reviews

books · Poetry · YA

How I conquered my fear of poetry

Poetry was something I was a little afraid of when I was younger. I don’t think this emotion is particularly uncommon, especially in people who haven’t studied English Literature at University, or are from working class communities. What was that alignment about? What were the rules about rhyming? Is it only old white dead people… Continue reading How I conquered my fear of poetry

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 1 Minute Reads

You know how sometimes you start a book and 20 pages in you’re like oh hey I know exactly where this book is going and then suddenly it’s 3am and you’ve finished it and you’re really emotional? No? Well that’s what happened to me with Alex, Approximately. Bailey and Alex are best friends, but there’s… Continue reading Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 1 Minute Reads

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade · YA

What Sunny Saw in the Flames by Nnedi Okorafor | 1 Minute Reviews

Okay, I hate to make this comparison because it makes me sound like a kids novel blurb from about 15 years ago, but allow me to introduce you to a Nigerian equivalent of the Harry Potter series written by Nnedi Okorafor. Yes, really. And guys, it’s great. Nnedi Okorafor, a writer who consistently blows me away,… Continue reading What Sunny Saw in the Flames by Nnedi Okorafor | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | 1 Minute Reads

A few years ago, post graduation but prior to moving to London when I lived in York, I barely read. I recognise this is quite different from the current me, or the childhood me who borrowed armfuls at a time from her local library. There was something about reading hundreds of scientific papers a module… Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | 1 Minute Reads

1 Minute Reviews · Fiction · YA

Warcross by Marie Lu | 1 Minute Reviews

Marie Lu is one of those YA authors whose books I used to look at repeatedly when I worked in a bookshop. Sometimes you just know when you’re going to get on with an author, even if you know nothing about them. From my first experience with Lu’s writing, I’m feeling pretty confident about our… Continue reading Warcross by Marie Lu | 1 Minute Reviews