“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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“Manchester Happened” by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

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

I’m not usually a huge reader of short stories but this sounded interesting. A collection of Own Voices short stories from the perspective of Ugandan migrants? Yup, sounds great. The glowing praise the author has received piqued my interest too.

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“Stronger than a Bronze Dragon” by Mary Fan

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

This sounded like a really cool concept. Steampunk fantasy mixed with Qing dynasty China? Yeah that sounds pretty awesome. It started well too, I was instantly drawn into Anlei’s battle to protect her village and then…

..the Exposition Hammer came crashing down.

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“10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World” by Elif Shafak

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

This is a book of two parts. In Part 1, Tequila Leila, a Turkish prostitute has been murdered and thrown into a dumpster. It takes 10 minutes and 38 seconds for the last remnants of her consciousness to fade away. In this short amount of time, she reflects upon her time on this earth and those she shared her life with.

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“Stepsister” by Jennifer Donnelly

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

This book has been getting some really rave reviews so I was more than ready to hop right onto that hype train. The story has an interesting premise, it’s a sequel to Cinderella that follows the ‘ugly’ stepsisters after the events of the original story.

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