‘Vespertine’ by Margaret Rogerson

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

I greatly enjoyed Rogerson’s last book ‘Sorcery of Thorns’ so I was really excited to be accepted for an advance copy for Vespertine (SUCH a great title) and I know it’s a hotly anticipated release as well so I had high expectations all around.
This book follows the story of Artemisia, a young woman training to be a nun who looks after the dead to ensure that they can pass successfully onto the next world and won’t return twisted and evil. As someone who has more than a slight morbid/creepy facet to her personality, I was already hooked after the first couple of pages. The story starts in a graveyard! I got a bit of a Red Sister vibe at the very beginning, but the books aren’t similar at all. I’m just highlighting that to say that if you are into reading about badass nuns (and who isn’t?) then this is a book that you want to check out.

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‘Defy the Night’ by Brigid Kemmerer

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

I enjoyed Kemmerer’s previous series, The Cursebreaker Series but I didn’t LOVE it. It was a solid YA offering but didn’t blow my mind, so my expectations were broadly similar for this book although the premise sounded a little more up my street.

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‘The Women of Troy’ by Pat Barker

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

‘The Women of Troy’ is a direct sequel to Barker’s 2018 ‘The Silence of the Girls’. Euripides’ ‘Trojan Women’ is probably my favourite Greek tragedy, so I was slightly miffed that Briseis is again the main character and narrator of this story seeing as she isn’t in the ‘original’. I guess I don’t find Briseis the most compelling character that the book could have focused on, but I imagine Barker wanted to continue where she started so here we are.

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‘Velvet Was the Night’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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

I’m a really big fan of Silvia Moreno-Garcia and I always feel very privileged to get to read advance copies of her books before release. I like how she doesn’t pigeonhole herself into certain genres and readers can always be sure that they are going to get to read something a little different. Speaking purely selfishly I also like how prolific she is.

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“The Beautiful Ones” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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

Well I absolutely adored Gods of Jade and Shadow but was left rather underwhelmed by Mexican Gothic so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. The initial premise sounded interesting and it seemed to have a hint of The Night Circus about it so I thought I’d give it a shot.

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