[Reviews] ‘A Winter’s Promise’ by Christelle Dabos

“Hanging there, in the middle of the night sky, its towers steeped in the Milky Way, a marvellous citadel floated above the forest […] jealously guarded by a frozen ring of moats.” Plain-spoken, headstrong Ophelia cares little about appearances. Her ability to read the past of objects is unmatched in all of Anima and, what’s …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘White Rabbit, Red Wolf’ by Tom Pollock (ARC)

"This story is a lie." Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and must confront unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked. Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his …

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[Reviews] ‘A Sky Painted Gold’ by Laura Wood

“I watch for as long as I can, fighting against the heaviness in my eyelids, not wanting this single, magical night to end. Then finally, when I can't watch anymore, I fall asleep under a sky painted gold." Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered …

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[Favourite Books] ‘The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories’ by Angela Carter

“His wedding gift, clasped round my throat. A choker of rubies, two inches wide, like an extraordinarily precious slit throat.” So I'm finally back to talking about my favourite underappreciated books! Hopefully I can do this more often because these books need more love. I first read this book as school text. I do not …

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[Reviews] ‘All The Ever Afters’ by Danielle Teller

“Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth.” In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother. We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?  As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘The Last of the Wine’ by Mary Renault

"But Neon always said to Lysis, "How is beautiful Alexias?" and Lysis would say, "Still beautiful." Alexias, a young Athenian of good family, comes of age during the last phases of the Peloponnesian War. The adult world he enters is one in which the power and influence of his class have been undermined by the …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘The Wren Hunt’ by Mary Watson

“There would be consequences, I knew that. There were always consequences, usually teeny tiny consequences that you hardly noticed. But the small things added up over time, until eventually they formed one big thing that could crush you beneath its weight.” Every St. Stephen's Day, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village …

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