Areh by Jeffrey Kinsey {Review}

Illustrated books tend to divide readers – some love them and think they add to the story and others think that they limit the reader’s imagination. My preference depends on the book’s intended reader. For example; I’m all for illustrations in books for children (and here I’d like to differentiate between ‘children’ and ‘young adult’) but I don’t usually like to see illustrations in any other books unless they are special illustrated editions – such as the gorgeous Harry Potter books illustrated by the amazing Jim Kay!

But Areh promises a “decadently lush visual experience quite unlike any other” – so naturally my interest was piqued. Illustrations, to me, are usually a nice addition to books, but with Areh they are just as much a part of the book as the words are. Continue reading

Caraval by Stephanie Garber {Review}

My TBR list is huge and the books I see on bookstagram are a large part of the reason why. Caraval by Stephanie Garber was a book I kept seeing over and over again – but with various covers – all over my feed and there was a lot of hype around it. So naturally I went out and bought it.

We are told time and time again in the book that at Caraval nothing is what it seems – and unfortunately this is a reality for us in the real world too, as Caraval is definitely not what it seems. Continue reading

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee {Review}

Pachinko was one of those books that I’d started seeing all over bookstagram and I just kept thinking two things – that cover is gorgeous and I had to have it! Then I found out more about the story and I knew that this had to be moved to the top of my TBR list immediately. Luckily for me my amazing friend had seen my enthusiasm for Pachinko and bought me a copy as a present – thank you Dena!

Pachinko is a 4 generation family saga set in both Korea and Japan that starts in the early 1900’s, before a divided Korea, when Japan annexed Korea and it goes through times of historical importance, such as World War 2, and ends in the 1980’s. It is utterly heart-breaking but an essential read. Continue reading

Strange Medicine by Mike Russell {Review}

Bizarro is a genre that is very, very new to me. It’s not something I’ve ever read before, or even had much experience of in other media such as films, but I thought I’d give Strange Medicine, a short story collection of weird tales, a go.

My understanding of bizzaro is that it’s very much like Abstract or Modern art. What I mean by this is that you might need to suspend your belief, challenge yourself or open yourself up a bit more to appreciate it or you might just not get it. Each of these was true for me for some of these stories. Continue reading

Digging in the Stars by Katherine Blakeney {Review}

A lost civilization, the tomb of a legendary king, missing teenagers, aliens and planetary exploration all combine to make Digging in the Stars a unique and welcome additional to YA science fiction.

Digging in the Stars is the debut novel from author Katherine Blakeney and whilst it’s not my typical read I thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s a fast read and a very creative fusion of science fiction and archaeology that gives younger readers a great introduction to the sci-fi genre! Continue reading

Heartless by Marissa Meyer {Review}

I’m not a fan of Alice in Wonderland at all. I’ve only seen the animated Disney movie once as a child and the first live-action movie once when it came out and I’ve never read the original books (or any other prequels, sequels, re-imaginings or anything else Alice related). It’s just not my thing – I guess it’s too surreal for me. But I absolutely loved the Lunar Chronicles so I decided to give this a go – and I’m glad I did! Continue reading