This is an unusual book. Published by Michael Joseph, one of Penguin Random House's literary imprints, I think it makes a difference when reading it to remind yourself that it is a literary book, not a straight fantasy genre book.
I first encountered The Last Unicorn when I was a fairly small child. I was given the VHS of the film as a birthday present, and it was the first video I owned that was just mine, not one bought to share with my brother. MINE.
Author: Daniel O'Malley (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Contemporary fantasy 'The body you are wearing used to be mine.' So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow … Continue reading REVISITED: The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
Author: Melissa Bashardoust (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Fantasy, fairy tale There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a … Continue reading REVIEW: Girl, Serpent, Thorn – Melissa Bashardoust
Author: Stephanie Garber (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Young Adult, fantasy, romance See Also: Caraval, Legendary Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun - with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win, and those who will … Continue reading REVIEW: Finale – Stephanie Garber (Caraval #3)
Author: Claire McKenna (website / twitter) UK Publisher: HarperCollins Genre: Fantasy Arden Beacon arrives in the salt-swept port of Vigil with a job to do. Tasked with using the magic in her blood to keep the lighthouse burning, she needs to prove herself worthy of her family name and her ancestors' profession. But the coastline … Continue reading REVIEW: Monstrous Heart – Claire McKenna
Author: Menna van Praag (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Bantam Press Genre: Contemporary fantasy, YA There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of sisters Grimm on Earth. You may well be one of them, though you might never know it. This is the story of four sisters Grimm – daughters born to different mothers on the same day, each … Continue reading REVIEW: The Sisters Grimm – Menna van Praag
Author: Jim Butcher (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Orbit Genre: Contemporary fantasy Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Harry's business as a private investigator has been quiet … Continue reading REVISITED: Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) – Jim Butcher
Author: Jessica Townsend (twitter) UK Publisher: Orion Children's Books Genre: Fantasy, children's fiction Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But, as the clock strikes midnight, she's whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupiter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor. There she's invited to join the Wundrous … Continue reading REVIEW: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend
Author: Stephanie Garber (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Young Adult, fantasy, romance See Also: Caraval After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn't yet free. She … Continue reading REVIEW: Legendary – Stephanie Garber