Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

Title: The Secret Science of Magic
Author: Melissa Keil
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Date of Publication: April 1st 2017
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher


The unsolvable problem: If Sophia is a genius, why can’t she crack the puzzle of what to do with her life?

Fact: Sophia is smart. As in, certified-child-prodigy, breezing-through-uni-subjects-even-though-she’s-only-in-year-twelve smart. This terrifies her, because geniuses have a tendency to end up as recluses and weirdos – and with her current social ineptness, she’s halfway there already. 

Truth: Joshua is good at magic tricks, ignoring most things about year twelve, and not thinking at all about life after high school. 

Fact: Sophia can’t even talk to her best friend Elsie about her anxieties, because Elsie is firmly focused on her own future – and on plans that will mean leaving Sophia behind. 

Truth: Joshua has had a secret crush on Sophia since forever, but he doesn’t have forever to act on it. 

Fact: There are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for … and the messiness of the real world is one of them.

Truth: Timing is everything. 


This is a really beautiful book and you should go read it.

Oh, you want more than that? Okay.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mini Reviews: Lifeblood, The Impossible Story of Olive in Love, Frostblood, A Shadow's Breath, Hunted

These books range from the sublime to the ridiculous, and as I'm feeling a little bit poorly at the moment, I'm going to do a bunch of mini reviews. Some of these deserve more, but alas, this will have to do.

Frostblood by Elly Blake is the story of Ruby, a girl who has been forced to hide her status as a Fireblood from the authorities. Her country, ruled by Frostbloods, has hunted and killed Firebloods for years. When she's captured, and then rescued by rebels, she's enlisted to help bring down the Frostblood king.

Ruby is trained by the mysterious Arcus, who she finds herself falling for, despite his harshness towards her.

Frostblood is completely predictable, but is great fun. Yes, it's a chosen one story, but I actually really like that trope. There's enough depth in the story to keep you interested, and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

Frostblood is published by Hachette who kindly provided a copy for review.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

10 Books I Should Have Read (But Haven't).

There are a lot of books out there, and people have opinions on all of them. Some are "must read" and some pass the masses by. This is a list of books that have, so far, passed me by, despite their popularity. Some of them I'll read eventually, some of them I'm never going to bother with.

Confession time - I've never read anything by Margaret Atwood. No good reason, I just never came across them. The Handmaid's Tale is widely taught in UK schools, but I was too old to have read it at school, and it came out at a time when I wasn't reading much.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas

Title: Nowhere Near You
Author: Leah Thomas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Date of Publication: February 9th 2017
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher


Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods--no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity--and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone.

Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: A boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity; a track star whose abnormal heart propels her to victory. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz dare to enjoy life, they can't escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they've made. Can these boys ever find their place in a world that might never understand them?


In the first book we met Ollie and Moritz. Ollie was trapped in his cabin in the woods due to his allergy to electricity. Moritz was born without eyes, but is far from blind. The two write to each other, comparing notes on their lives and loves and hardships, and a rare and enduring friendship is formed.

This book is a true sequel, picking up after Because You'll Never Meet Me with almost no exposition - it's straight into the story. Like the first book, this is epistolary, told primarily in letters between Ollie and Moritz, but unlike the first book, there is the occasional letter from other characters mixed in.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Bone Season Giveaway!

So in very exciting news, The Song Rising, book 3 in The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon is out today!

You might remember I shared the Prelude with you a few months ago, if not, you can read it here.

Here is the very lovely cover and a teaser from the book. A review will follow soon.

And here is a very cool little gif

A new edition of The Bone Season and The Mime Order have been released with stunning new cover art to match The Song Rising and thanks to the very lovely people at Bloomsbury, I have two copies of the new look The Bone Season to give away.