Soooooo it’s been a while since I’ve posted something on here and it’s safe to say I’m alive and well. Winter in Australia is nowhere near as cold as other countries, but I’m still a baby and I hate it so send me some warm vibes, friends!
EXCITING NEWS!! As some of you might already know, I’ve recently started a job in publicity with Penguin Random House Australia. I’m super excited about this, yet that means I have a smaller amount of time to blog, review, and take photos. Despite this, I love my job and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.
With that being said, I’ve got some steaming hot mini reviews for you.
Jade City by Fonda Lee
This is literally one of the best fantasy books I have read in forever. In the city of Kekon, jade rules everything. It’s the most precious substance you can aquire, and the struggle for power rests in the hands of two clans. It’s about honour, blood and jade. Jade City is bloody ambitious, has a very distinct urban fantasy atmosphere, and blends together the law and gangster drama with a touch of wuxia. It’s politically charged, gritty, damn emotional and incredibly written. Fonda is killing me, folks.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
Lee delivers a superhero MG novel where Sky High meets post-WW3. In the city of Andover, Jessica is struggling to cope with the fact she doesn’t have powers – not even C-grade, which is a minute as changing your hair colour. Her parents are superheroes, her sister is in the League of Heroes, and her brother is science genius. She’s living the medicore life But the plot takes an interesting turn when she ends up working for her parents’ rivals at their tech company, and she discovers some things that were meant to stay hidden. This novel explores themes such as family, friendship, what it means to be a hero, and has some authentic representation of bisexuality and meaningful relationships.
Found by Fleur Ferris
Thank you Penguin Random House for the review copy.
Fleur always writes something that will have your heart racing. In her latest work, Beth is living the quiet life in a small town in NSW. But as she’s about to break the news to her dad she has a boyfriend, he disappears before her eyes. This moment plumments Beth into a life-changing race against time to rescue her dad, come to terms with her hidden past, and figure out how to live knowing everything was a lie. The dual perspectives of Jonah, her boyfriend, and Beth herself, provided a unique approach to a thrilling tale of revenge, family and love. The whole book read like a movie, and it was an enjoyable ride.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Step aside, Callum. I have a new boyfriend and his name is Michael Larsen. I haven’t read a contemprary romance in so long, and Helen really just set the bar for me. To summarise such a swoonworthy book, Stella Lane is an economist with Asperger’s struggling to figure out love. She thinks French kissing feels like a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She’s quirky and adorable, and she hires Michael, an escort, to teach her how to be a better lover and girlfriend. Michael, who has secrets of his own, agrees and it’s safe to say this book executes the fake relationship trope perfectly. The romance is adorable, the plot is lovely, and the consent is A+ I also listened to this on the train without realising it would get a little hot and heavy, and I made eye contact with someone and I almost died. I love this book a lot and I cannot wait for the rest of the series.
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
I flew through the first three books in this series once I’d known there would be three more. It’d been on my TBR for ages, yet I didn’t see the appeal until recently. Restore Me is a strong continuation of the series, picking up right where Ignite Me left off. Juliette is struggling to come to terms with her new position of power and how to move forward with her revolution. She has a lot of growth in this book, much more than I expected, which I really enjoyed. However, Warner’s development was the most interesting as he suffers from PTSD and a ton of guilt from the previous books. A lot happens in this rather short book, and I’m excited to see where Mafi takes us with these beloved characters.
Want by Cindy Pon
I’d like to thank my Audible fam for introducing me to my new fav. This urban fantasy weaves together the consequences of pollution, global warming, and population density into a YA story that follows a young man named Jason, who is trying to topple over the corrupt regime of the elite in Taipei. The elite where special suits that clean the air they breathe, whereas the less fortunate are left to suffer in the polluted smog that covers the city. The polarisation of wealth in the city plays a large role in character development and world building, particularly when Jason’s plans become complicated when the daughter of the corporation he’s trying to destroy finds her way into his life. This fast-paced YA tackles a lot of environmental issues as well as the morality of the rich. I loved it – go read it!
Also, before I disappear for another five years, I am open to commissions for editing and sensitivity reading. The things I do include:
- Manuscripts – YA, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
- Short stories
- Theses – this is a time sensitive commission, so the sooner the better
- Feature articles
Shoot me an email if you’re interested! Until next time!