Magical, Murderous Masks & Dark Secrets // The Helm of Midnight

When I picked up The Helm of Midnight I didn't know much about it; I thought 'dark fantasy? murder mystery? sounds good!'. This book blew away my expectations. It's filled with a detailed, dark world, an interesting magic system, ominous secrets, in-depth worldbuilding, and engaging characters. The Helm of Magic is exactly the type of … Continue reading Magical, Murderous Masks & Dark Secrets // The Helm of Midnight

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You Need To Read This Series // Cute Mutants Vol 4: The Sisterhood of Evil Mutants

Cute Mutants Vol 4: The Sisterhood of Evil Mutants - You Need To Read This Series

The Cute Mutants are back and this time with even more chaos! Introducing a series with quirky fast-paced writing, increasingly dark themes, and a cast of character's that you'll fall in love with and be heartbroken over. I love these books and if you enjoy superhero stories and you haven't picked this one up yet, … Continue reading You Need To Read This Series // Cute Mutants Vol 4: The Sisterhood of Evil Mutants

Challenging Society with Speculative Fiction // The Wall

The Wall. Challenging Society Through Speculative Fiction.

The Wall ties together many elements of speculative fiction, with superb worldbuilding, and analysis into real-world political and legal issues. The pacing is slow and thoughtful. Rather than being an action-packed dystopian novel, it brings forward questions about our existence and what we'd do for change. This book isn't as strong on its character development, … Continue reading Challenging Society with Speculative Fiction // The Wall

Ableism in the Bookish Community // Discussion

Ableism in the Bookish Community

I've had this essay planned for the last month, but considering all the discussion about ableism in the bookish community recently it seems especially relevant. Disabled people are often left out of discussions of liberation, especially when considering how disability intersects with other marginalised identities. Ableism is so common people don't even notice it a … Continue reading Ableism in the Bookish Community // Discussion

Gothic Horror and Human Experimentation // Sorrowland

Sorrowland. Gothic Horror and Human Experimentation.

Sorrowland is as brilliant as it is dark and traumatic. That's to say, I loved this book, but it's not the easiest one to read. Filled with racism, misogyny, homophobia, human experimentation, incredible violence, and a deeply traumatised main character Sorrowland delivers a powerful narrative you can't look away from. The way it combined gothic … Continue reading Gothic Horror and Human Experimentation // Sorrowland