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Review: Seven Devils, by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

I know I promised a review of this in my last wrap up, I did mean to post it quickly but time got away from me this week. Anyways… This was one of my favourite reads this year. I rarely do “one more chapter and then…” at 2am like I did when I was 12, because I have a job in the morning and I’m always tired, but this was one of THOSE books that I had to force myself to put down. The Story This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows … Continue reading Review: Seven Devils, by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

August recap and September plans

I can’t believe summer is getting to an end already! Here in Ireland we’re seeing Christmas foods coming up in the shops (I have a lot of thoughts about that!) so that totally changes the atmosphere… What to say about August? July was unusual in terms of how many books I read, so August has returned to a more “normal” month for me, with a total of 10 books finished (some may have been started a lot earlier…). I did also complete my original reading goal for 2021, as illustrated by this brightly coloured shelf … Continue reading August recap and September plans

ARC review: Elves on the Fifth Floor, by Francesca Cavallo, illustrated by Verena Wugeditsch

I read this book in the hottest days of the year, and it’s a weird weather to be reading about Christmas elves, as we were all melting from the heat here in Ireland… I was thinking of the people in the southern hemisphere who’re experiencing winter right now, and I do envy them quite a bit. The heatwave did not stop me from enjoying this, though! The story From New York Times Bestselling Author of “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls” In the city of R., nothing bad ever happens—which makes it a perfect destination for … Continue reading ARC review: Elves on the Fifth Floor, by Francesca Cavallo, illustrated by Verena Wugeditsch

Review: The Unbroken, by C.L. Clark

This is one of my highly anticipated books of the year, mainly because of all the talk about how queer it is (which it really is!) but what I did not expect was how dense and action packed it would be, so it took me an age and a half to finish it. Still, I found it super satisfying throughout! The Story Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to … Continue reading Review: The Unbroken, by C.L. Clark

ARC Review: The Merchant and the Rogue, by Sarah M. Eden

Sometimes all you want is a little bit of historical romance. I gotta say I was really into the cover with its silhouettes, it reminded me of the Invisible Library, so I had to see for myself what it was about. It turned out to be part of a series (I feel a bit clueless), but that didn’t really prevent me from enjoying it The Story London, 1865 Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work … Continue reading ARC Review: The Merchant and the Rogue, by Sarah M. Eden

Review: Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir

I’m a big fan of The Martian – I watched the movie a few years back, promptly got the book, and loved it! I’ve rewatched the movie half a dozen times since then, too. So I kind of jumped on this new book almost immediately (or, like, as soon as the library would give it to me, and I wasn’t the only one requesting it…) The Story A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian. A lone astronaut.An impossible mission.An … Continue reading Review: Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir

Review: Hellion’s Waltz, by Olivia Waite

Olivia Waite’s Georgian sapphic romance series, Feminine Pursuits, are one of the very few books that are an instant buy for me. I did this with Waspish Widows, and I did it again with Hellion’s Waltz, and no regrets! I’d do the same for another 10 more in the series. The Story It’s not a crime to steal a heart… Sophie Roseingrave hates nothing more than a swindler. After her family lost their piano shop to a con man in London, they’re trying to start fresh in a new town. Her father is convinced Carrisford … Continue reading Review: Hellion’s Waltz, by Olivia Waite

July recap

I’ve realised I forgot to write the last few monthly recaps, but I want to get back to it. I read quite a bit in July, even though I did not post much. I think part of it was that I did not want to write reviews on old books and nth books in a series, mainly. Another thing is that I read a few very short books. Jolly Foul Play, A Spoonful of Murder, and Death in the Spotlight, by Robin Steven I’ve been reading more of this series as they get to me … Continue reading July recap

Review: Persephone Station, by Stina Leicht

I saw this book on a list of 2021 queer releases and I immediately knew I had to read it. It took me some time, but I finally got to it, in audio format. I’m still not sure what to make of it, though, so the review got a bit away from me. Some spoilers ahead. The Story Hugo award-nominated author Stina Leicht has created a take on space opera for fans of The Mandalorian and Cowboy Bebop in this high-stakes adventure. Persephone Station, a seemingly backwater planet that has largely been ignored by the United Republic of Worlds, … Continue reading Review: Persephone Station, by Stina Leicht

Review: A Song Below Water, by Bethany C. Morrow

I had the audiobook for A Song Below Water on hold for months with the library, and then the physical book… and it only arrived last week or so (they had a copy but libraries were closed for the whole of winter, and I guess I wasn’t the only one who wanted it!) So to say this was highly anticipated for me is a bit of an understatement. The Story Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind … Continue reading Review: A Song Below Water, by Bethany C. Morrow


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