“The Dollmaker” by Nina Allan

 

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Thanks to Quercus Books and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

What a wonderfully strange and unusual novel.

Ostensibly this novel is about a dollmaker called Andrew and his pen pal Bamber. Andrew is on a cross country journey to meet with her after many years of correspondence. Sounds simple enough right? Wrong. So very wrong.

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“The True Queen” by Zen Cho

Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Malay Witches in Regency England? Yup, I hit the request button at the speed of light when I saw this was available for request. This kind of book is right up my alley: Eastern Cultural focus? Check. Supernatural creatures and themes? Check. A diverse, female focused cast of characters? Double check!

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“Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom” by Kelly Thompson

Thanks to Dynamite Entertainment and Netgalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was a huge Nancy Drew fan as a young girl (The Sign of the Twisted Candles was my jam) so I had to check this one out. In this graphic novel, Nancy Drew has been rebooted for a 21st century teen audience and some of the key characters we know and love have been updated accordingly.

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“The Runaways” by Fatima Bhutto

Thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I seem to be reading a lot of novels with multiple points of view lately so…here’s another one. The Runaways follows three members of the Pakistani community. Anita Rose, a resident of the Karachi slums, Monty, a jet setting rich kid and Sunny a second generation immigrant living in England. Unlike a number of multiple points of view novels I’ve read recently, the different points of view are distinct and I never had to force myself to remember who I was reading about. Similarly to other novels of this type, one character voice was stronger than that of the others, in this case that of Anita.

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“The Cold is in Her Bones” by Peternelle van Arsdale

Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

So, I’ve spoken a bit before about my love for all things Classical and I’ve always been fascinated by Medusa. I remember in Primary School we once got to watch Clash of the Titans and I found the Medusa sequence utterly thrilling. Over the years I picked up on the fact that what happened to Medusa was utter bullshit.

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“Orchid & The Wasp” by Caoilinn Hughes

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately. I’ve had a virus I’ve been struggling to shake and my son has been teething and waking up throughout the night. Pile on an incredibly busy few weeks at work and I’ve got myself a little behind.

Thanks to Oneworld and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Hmmm. An interesting book. Did I like it? I’m not really sure. I suppose I felt the same about it as I felt about it’s main character, Gael. Not easy to like but compelling all the same.

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