REVIEW: The Dragon Republic (Poppy War #2) – R.F. Kuang

Author: R.F. Kuang (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Fantasy, historical fiction (ish) See Also: The Poppy War Rin is on the run… Haunted by the atrocity she committed to save her people, addicted to opium, and driven by the murderous commands of Phoenix, the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power. … Continue reading REVIEW: The Dragon Republic (Poppy War #2) – R.F. Kuang

REVIEW: Shadows of the Short Days – Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson

Author: Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Fantasy, urban fantasy Sæmundur the Mad, addict and sorcerer, has been expelled from the magical university, Svartiskóli, and can no longer study galdur, an esoteric source of magic. Obsessed with proving his peers wrong, he will stop at nothing to gain absolute power and knowledge, especially of … Continue reading REVIEW: Shadows of the Short Days – Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson

REVIEW: Giant Days, 1-2 – John Allison, Lissa Treiman

Author/Artist: John Allison (twitter / website) and Lissa Treiman (twitter) UK Publisher: Boom! Genre: Graphic novel, humour, contemporary fiction Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, personal … Continue reading REVIEW: Giant Days, 1-2 – John Allison, Lissa Treiman

REVIEW: Blackwing – Ed McDonald

Author: Ed McDonald (website  / twitter) UK Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Fantasy, dark fantasy The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow's Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer's legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the … Continue reading REVIEW: Blackwing – Ed McDonald

REVIEW: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged – Ayisha Malik

Author: Ayisha Malik (twitter / website) UK Publisher: Twenty7 Genre: Romantic comedy, contemporary fiction Sofia Khan is single once more, after her sort-of-boyfriend proves just a little too close to his parents. And she'd be happy that way too, if her boss hadn't asked her to write a book about the weird and wonderful world of Muslim dating. … Continue reading REVIEW: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged – Ayisha Malik

REVIEW: Summer of No Regrets – Kate Mallinder

Author: Kate Mallinder (twitter / website) UK Publisher: Firefly Press Genre: Teen, contemporary fiction, coming-of-age After their exams, four sixteen-year-old best friends pledge to live a summer regret-free, doing what they want to do however much it scares them: Sasha agrees to spend the holiday with her father in Geneva, having not seen him for … Continue reading REVIEW: Summer of No Regrets – Kate Mallinder

REVIEW: Rosewater (Wormwood Trilogy Book 1) – Tade Thompson

Author: Tade Thompson (twitter) UK Publisher: Orbit Genre: Sci-Fi Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumoured healing powers. Kaaro is … Continue reading REVIEW: Rosewater (Wormwood Trilogy Book 1) – Tade Thompson