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
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
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
This summer, my love affair with Laura Lam began. I first came across her essay in Nasty Women, then discovered a proof of Shattered Minds in my bookmail. Realising it was somewhat of a sequel to False Hearts, I decided to go back and read that first – I recommend you do the same too.… Continue reading Shattered Minds by Laura Lam | 1 Minute Reviews
One of my favourite things in the world is finding a well-curated novella table in a bookshop. Waterstones Kensington always has a couple of great ones – translated novellas, seasonally appropriate novellas and a truly great one of Bowie’s favourites where I found one of the below. Novellas can be a wonderful way to explore… Continue reading Short and Sweet: How about a novella?
I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Julie Cohen earlier this year and interviewing her for Hillingdon Libraries, alongside Rowan Coleman and Lisa Jewell. All through the talk I was fangirling at all three authors, and desperately trying to find a way to explain this novel without giving too much away. I’ll give it a… Continue reading Together by Julie Cohen | 1 Minute Reviews
Please note, disabled readers – this book discusses the medical torture of a number of disabled people and thus is a very difficult and possibly triggering read. Do take care. This novel also discusses alcoholism and familial domestic abuse. I didn’t know about Masha and Dasha Krivoshlyapova until 4th Estate sent me this copy of… Continue reading The Less You Know The Sounder You Sleep by Juliet Butler | 1 Minute Reviews