Reviews: Adult & Young Adult Fantasy

When stressed, I tend to gravitate towards popular fiction – literary and non-fiction books become too much like work, as they do the opposite of helping me switch my brain off: they make me think too much. They make me think too much about work, especially. Not at all restful, and it’s been a hellish […]

Review: Of Beast and Beauty

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay Delacorte Press 2013 Hardback 389 pages YA Speculative Fiction

This standalone Fantasy/Science Fiction/Romance story takes place on another world that, several centuries before this particular story takes place, was colonised by an alien race of humanoids. Upon landing, as we learn in the fable-like prologue, the people […]

Review: Enchanted

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Woodcutter Sisters #1 Graphia 2012 Trade Paperback 305 pages YA Fantasy

Book Blurb:

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to […]

Review: Beauty

Beauty by Robin McKinley David Fickling Books 2011 (1978) Trade Paperback 271 pages YA Fantasy

Beauty is the youngest daughter of three. Her two older sisters, Grace and Hope, are beautiful and sweet and graceful, while Beauty – whose real name is Honour – is thin, short, plain and studious. They live in the […]

Review: Rapunzel

Rapunzel by Paul O Zelinsky Puffin Books 2002 (1997) Paperback 36 pages Children’s Classics; Fairytale

Once upon a time there was a happily married couple whose only sorrow was that they did not have a child. Then one day, they learn the woman is pregnant and the sorrow is replaced with joy. The wife […]