This magical sequel to The Atlas Six is full of chaos, magic, and carnage. The series continues to astound me with its' wonderful writing and characters, and was a novel I could not put down.
Review: The Weight of Blood
Title: The Weight of BloodAuthor: Tiffany D. JacksonRelease date: September 6, 2022Age-range/genre: Young Adult / Thriller, Horror, Sci-fiTrigger warnings: racism, child abuse, hate crimes, blood, murderSummary: [from goodreads] When Springville residents—at least the ones still alive—are questioned about what happened on prom night, they all have the same explanation... Maddy did it.An outcast at her small-town Georgia high school, … Continue reading Review: The Weight of Blood
ARC Review & Blog tour: Love From Mecca to Medina
Title: Love From Mecca to MedinaAuthor: S. K. AliRelease date: October 18, 2022Age-range/genre: Young Adult / Contemporary, RomanceTrigger warnings: referenced racism and islamophobiaSummary: [from goodreads] Adam and Zayneb. Perfectly matched. Painfully apart.Adam is in Doha, Qatar, making a map of the Hijra, a historic migration from Mecca to Medina, and worried about where his next paycheck will come from. … Continue reading ARC Review & Blog tour: Love From Mecca to Medina
ARC Review: I’m The Girl
Title: I'm The GirlAuthor: Courtney SummersRelease date: 13th September 2022Age-range/genre: Young Adult / Thriller, MysteryTrigger warnings: murder, sexual assault, adult/minor relationship, child abuse, drug use, references to death of a parentRating: 4/5 starsSummary: [from goodreads] When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis discovers the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, she teams up with Ashley's older sister, Nora, to find and bring the … Continue reading ARC Review: I’m The Girl
ARC Review: The Dragon’s Promise
recommended for: fans of high fantasy, epic adventures, and exploring family & romantic relationships
The Dragon's Promise is a wonderful ending to the Six Crimson Cranes duology, full of magic and adventure. The novel has so much heart, making it a heartfelt story that plucks at heartstrings and concludes a great story.
Review: Into the Drowning Deep
recommended for: fans of sci-fi & thriller, killer mermaids, and cozy horror novels
A fun mix of sci-fi and thriller, Into the Drowning Deep is a riveting novel that's hard to put down.
july wrap up
Happy August! I hope you're all doing well. I can't believe we're already so far into 2022 - autumn is just around the corner! July was, for the most part, a good month! I got to take a break from work and also see some friends. I also read a lot, surprisingly! I read 8 … Continue reading july wrap up
Review: The Space Between Worlds
recommended for: fans of multiverse stories, sapphic sci-fi novels, and fantastic worldbuilding and commentary.
The Space Between Worlds is a wonderfully written sci-fi novel that straddles the line of speculative fiction. It dives into themes of class and capitalism, all the while being a thrilling and fun ride as we jump into different worlds.
ARC Review: Hell Followed With Us
recommended for: fans of post-apocalyptic novels, powerful queer stories, found family and stories about finding identity
Hell Followed With Us is a beautifully written novel that explores themes of autonomy and identity in a post-apocalyptic setting. It’s atmospheric writing and wonderful characters make it a surprisingly wholesome and touching horror novel.
dark academia recommendations
I'm here today to discuss some of my favourite dark academia novels and give some recommendations too!
a short discussion on dark academia
Dark academia is a sub-genre that has become incredibly popular in the past few years. This sub-genre usually falls within the thriller genre. It is, typically, books with a school/academic setting where things take a turn for the worst. These books usually involve murder and mystery, and showing just how terrible academia can be and how knowledge can corrupt.
However, there's not a set definition on what dark academia really is. If you go into what is shelved as "dark academia" on goodreads, you'll be surprised to see the selection of books there - or at least, I was. Why are books like The Great Gatsby or Jane Eyre shelved in this section? Because some of us had to read it for academia?
For myself, I would define the genre as thriller/mystery novels predominantly set in an academic setting, in which the backdrop is important to the plot. So, you won't be seeing books like The Raven Boys in this post - because as much as I absolutely love that book, maybe only 25% of the book is actually set or related to Aglionby Academy.
I obviously don't have any ownership or domain on what makes a novel fit into the 'dark academia' category so take whatever I say with a pinch of salt !