Hall of Smoke follows Hessa, a hghest priestess of Eang, the Goddess of War. Forsaken by her goddess after failing to complete one of her tasks, Hessa is an outcast to her village and religion when a raid takes place that destroys her entire home and people.
Desperate to seek redemption from her goddess, and revenge for her people, Hessa embarks on a journey to win back favour and discover who caused the deaths of everyone she’s ever known.
But there are powerful forces at play as the High Halls of the Gods are embroiled in a battle of their own, and soon Hessa must face her own crisis of faith as the terrible truths revealed weaken her trust in her goddess. Continue reading Hall of Smoke by H. M. Long Book Review
A Sci-Fi Shorts Anthology: Volume 1 edited by J. A. Taylor and Rod Castor is a 2021 publication, and the work features a collection of sixty short stories limited to 500 words each. It currently has an average rating of 3.85 in Goodreads, and I have given it 3 stars after rating each story and then calculating the average… Continue reading A Sci-Fi Shorts Anthology Volume One Edited by J. A. Taylor & Rod Castor Arc Review
Phyllis Fischer is married to Roger Fischer with two children: Collette and Hugh, in a suburban dream that brings peace and stability. However, all that changes on a summer night when the son of an old family friend comes to dinner, exposing Phyllis to something new and exciting. They kiss on that hot summer evening and the world changes for her. Awaken to this new world and new feelings, Phyllis makes decisions that defies her role as mother and wife, exposing her family’s ordinary life to events and the dramatic changes of the society around them… Continue reading Free Love by Tessa Hadley Arc Review
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab is a fantasy novel with historical fiction elements first published in 2020. It currently has an average rating of 4.24 stars on Goodreads, and I have rated it 2 stars. France, 1714, a desperate girl makes a bargain to live forever but is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she ever meets; this is the … Continue reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab Review
2021, whilst not a very active blogging year for me, it was a year where I got to read lots of books by great female authors who were new to me, and these are three of them. The Women of Brewster Place was my favourite of the lot, but the other two were fantastic as well, and I would highly recommend all three if you’re looking for something new to sink your teeth into. Continue reading Spoiler-Free Mini Reviews: The Women of Brewster Place, The Book of Echoes and Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
The novels open with two law students receiving a bundle of papers from their boss QC Roderick Tanner, they are tasked with a way of proving from the heap of correspondence within them his client is innocent for the murder they were convicted of. With no clues as to the victim, real murderer and client the two students shifts through hundreds of correspondence to try and solve the mystery, whilst being confronted by more mysteries and scandals along the way… Continue reading The Appeal by Janice Hallett Spoiler-Free Review
*I acquired both of these arcs through Netgallery* Safety in Numbers by Sophie Penhaligon Trigger Warnings: Ableism, mentions of alcohol abuse, descriptions of traumatic incident Safety in Numbers by Sophie Penhaligon is an adult romance novel that focuses on the romantic relationship of an employee and her CEO following her traumatic brain injury. It currently has an average rating of 3.28 stars on Goodreads and I have … Continue reading Arc Mini-Reviews: The Moonstone Girls and Safety in Numbers (spoiler-free)
A retelling based on a the old, English ballad ‘The Twa Sisters’, a story of betrayal and deceit between two sisters, and this finally gives those woman a voice, as well as a narrative to the rumoured third sibling. The story follows Kenye, Sinne and Riva, three children of a King whose kingdom is under threat of a Saxon invasion, made worse by their weakening connection to the magic after Gilaid, a Catholic priest, arrived and started spreading his religion… Continue reading Sistersong by Lucy Holland Spoiler-Free + Spoiler Review
“Mistakes are bound to happen, but that’s life—you grow and you learn from it. Hurt, that’s inevitable, and so is growth. You have to let yourself grow and be happy—you can’t wallow in this state that you’re in.” Continue reading Buzzfeed Recommends Part Eleven: A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
Elwood Curtis is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory centre after he’s caught up in someone else’s crime. At Nickel Academy he finds himself trapped in a place of horrors, and the only light in the dark is his friendship with Turner, a follow “delinquent”… Continue reading Waterstones Book of the Month July 2020: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead