The Ninth Child – Sally Magnusson

  *I received a free ARC of this novella, with thanks to the author, John Murray Press and NetGalley.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  A spellbinding novel combining Scottish folklore with hidden history, by the Sunday Times bestselling author Sally Magnusson. Loch Katrine waterworks, 1856. A Highland wilderness fast becoming an industrial wasteland. No place … Continue reading The Ninth Child – Sally Magnusson

Gingerbread – Helen Oyeyemi

  *I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author, Picador – Pan Macmillan and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories - equal parts wholesome and uncanny - beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a … Continue reading Gingerbread – Helen Oyeyemi

Mermaid Moon – Susann Cokal

  *I received a free ARC of this novel, with thanks to the author, Candlewick Press and NetGalley.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  In the far northern reaches of civilization, a mermaid leaves the sea to look for her land-dwelling mother among people as desperate for magic and miracles as … Continue reading Mermaid Moon – Susann Cokal

The Shrike and the Shadows – Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright

  *I received a free ARC of this novel, with thanks to the author, The Parliament House and NetGalley.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can … Continue reading The Shrike and the Shadows – Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright

Faery: The Tiend – Igo Rab

  *I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*     Blurb:  "Away with us to a faraway land, I will take you by the hand. And by the hand you will come with me, To all the terrible things … Continue reading Faery: The Tiend – Igo Rab

Mageborn – Jessica Thorne

  *I received a free ARC of this novel, with thanks to the author, Bookouture and NetGalley.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  In the name of the crown I arrest you and charge you with the crime of being an unregistered and unsworn mageborn. You will yield up your magic … Continue reading Mageborn – Jessica Thorne

Black Moon – Ronel Janse van Vuuren

  *I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*     Blurb:   Death is only the beginning… Varsity student, Emma, makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her fellow students from rioters and is taken to Valhalla. Instead of being welcomed … Continue reading Black Moon – Ronel Janse van Vuuren

Evie and the Upside-Down World of Nevermore – Birgitte Märgen

  *I received a free copy of this ebook, with thanks to the author.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  GIRL, INTERRUPTED MEETS PAN'S LABYRINTH "We all need someplace to escape, and sometimes the mind is just as good of a place as any." A trailer park Alice. A hole that … Continue reading Evie and the Upside-Down World of Nevermore – Birgitte Märgen

Bookshine’s Best Reads of 2019 – Part 2

  Here we go again, with my favourite books of the second half of 2019! As before, these are books that I read last year, regardless of publication date.  Also as before, my list is very fantasy heavy.  What can I say – it is a varied and fascinating genre and I love every subset! … Continue reading Bookshine’s Best Reads of 2019 – Part 2

Ivory Apples – Lisa Goldstein

  *I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author, Tachyon Publications and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  Ivy and her sisters have a secret: their reclusive Great-Aunt is actually Adela Martin, inspired author of the fantasy classic, Ivory Apples. Generations of obsessive fans have searched for Adela, … Continue reading Ivory Apples – Lisa Goldstein