“Hollow Kingdom” by Kira Jane Buxton

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

When I was a young whippersnapper, I loved reading books from an animal’s point of view. Watership Down, The Animals of Farthing Wood, those weird books where anthropomorphic animals are at war with one another….but short of a few examples of Murakami-esque weirdness, it’s not something I’ve come across very much in adult literature.

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“Gods of Jade and Shadow” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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

I reaaaaaally loved this one. Mayan Mythology, the Jazz Age and a plucky heroine? Yes please. I’m slightly miffed I’ve never come across this author before though. I assumed this was a debut but I went to look at her Goodreads author page and she’s written loads! Publishers, can we have more money pumped into promoting authors like this please?

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“All the Things We Never Said” by Yasmin Rahman

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

In the introduction to this book the author Yasmin Rahman talks about how she wanted to write a book for young people, a book that would resonate with teens who feel the same way she did as a teen. I’d definitely say she has nailed that aim, this 100% feels like a YA book with its audience firmly in mind.

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“The Far Field” by Madhuri Vijay

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

Shalini, a young woman from Bangalore, goes on a journey to a remote mountain village in Kashmir to try and track down a mysterious man from her family’s past. Whilst living there, Shalini experiences the past and current impacts of Kashmiri politics and conflict and uncovers the connection these have with her past, and her complex relationship with her deceased mother.

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“Lady Smoke” by Laura Sebastian

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

Full disclosure, I hadn’t read the first book in this series before I read this book. I feel like everyone in the world would be happier if a brief summary of the previous book/s in a series was included at the beginning of subsequent novels.

Anyhoo, I digress.

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