‘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 Gilded Ones” by Namina Forna

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

I'm not really going to spend a whole lot of time talking about the plot of this book. It's a pretty generic YA fantasy story. A young girl finds out she has some mysterious powers, bad things happen, she goes on a journey of discovery in which secrets are revealed and there's a handsome boy of course. 
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“Girls Made of Snow and Glass” by Melissa Bashardoust

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Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes writers try so hard to do something different with their riffs on existing stories that they become achingly obvious and contrived. That was ultimately the feeling I was left with after reading this book.

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“Girl, Serpent, Thorn” by Melissa Bashardoust

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Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

. So Girl, Serpent, Thorn sounded rather interesting despite the fact I’ve gone off YA a bit recently or maybe I’ve become a bit more picky about what I want to read when I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I used to. What piqued my interest in this book was it was clear that it was set in a slightly different world to most of the young adult fantasy settings that are usually a riff on Western European countries. I haven’t come across many Persian inspired settings before, so I was looking forward to seeing a Persian inspired story by an own voices author.

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“The Court of Miracles” by Kester Grant

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

I’m aware that there has been quite a lot of hype about this book on Book Twitter and other social media and my interest was further piqued when I read the synopsis. You can think about this book as something between a retelling of Les Miserables mixed with a story about post-revolutionary France in an alternate reality where the revolutionaries lost, and the French monarchy is still very much in place…yup. There’s supposed to be some tie in with The Jungle Book too apparently but that passed me by completely.

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“The Deathless Girls” by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Thanks to Hachette Children’s Group and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

So I was really pumped to read this, I really like Hargrave’s writing and I’m also really excited to read The Mercies when it’s released. Plus, a feminist Brides of Dracula retelling? Yeah, I’m here for that.

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