ARC Review: A Sitting in St James by Rita Williams-Garcia

Synopsis: 1860, Louisiana. After serving as mistress of Le Petit Cottage for more than six decades, Madame Sylvie Guilbert has decided, in spite of her family’s objections, to sit for a portrait. While Madame plots her last hurrah, stories that span generations—from the big house to out in the fields—of routine horrors, secrets buried asContinue reading “ARC Review: A Sitting in St James by Rita Williams-Garcia”

ARC Review: Threadneedle by Cari Thomas

Synopsis: Anna’s Aunt has always warned her of the dangers of magic. Its twists. Its knots. Its deadly consequences. Now Anna counts down the days to the ceremony that will bind her magic forever. Until she meets Effie and Attis. They open her eyes to a London she never knew existed. A shop that sellsContinue reading “ARC Review: Threadneedle by Cari Thomas”

ARC Review: Lodestone by Katherine Forrester

Synopsis: Lodestone-peddler Melaine is desperate to stop hustling her raw magic for a tuppence. Her rare gift of infusing her magic into a lodestone to sell for another’s use and never keeping any for herself is nothing but a degrading path to an early grave. Yearning for a better life, Melaine turns to her unconventionalContinue reading “ARC Review: Lodestone by Katherine Forrester”

ARC Review: Fable by Adrienne Young

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Fable is a dredger—a freediver who excavates rare gemstones from the coral reefs that fill The Narrows. For the last four years, she’s been trying to get off the island of Jeval, find the father who abandoned her there, and claim her mother’s place on his trading crew. But when she finally makesContinue reading “ARC Review: Fable by Adrienne Young”

ARC Review: Hall of Smoke by H M Long

Synopsis: Hessa is an Eangi: a warrior priestess of the Goddess of War, with the power to turn an enemy’s bones to dust with a scream. Banished for disobeying her goddess’s command to murder a traveller, she prays for forgiveness alone on a mountainside. While she is gone, raiders raze her village and obliterate theContinue reading “ARC Review: Hall of Smoke by H M Long”

ARC Review: A Crown of Talons by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Synopsis: Three months after Aderyn’s coronation the court is celebrating the Solstice, but Aderyn is preoccupied by Lucien’s continuing hostility. The celebrations are interrupted by the arrival of nobles who have escaped from the neighbouring country of Celonia – the flightless have risen up and overthrown their rulers. The world is changing. As people beginContinue reading “ARC Review: A Crown of Talons by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr”

ARC Review: The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan

Synopsis: In a quiet street far from the river, with an ancient tree growing through its walls and floors, is the House of the Dead. There lives the witchling: healer, midwife and conduit between the world of the living and the world below. A witchling must give up her family and friends and spend herContinue reading “ARC Review: The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan”

ARC Review: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Synopsis: The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery. A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proudContinue reading “ARC Review: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong”

ARC Review: Crave by Tracy Wolff

Synopsis: The moment she steps foot inside, Grace knows there is nothing normal about Katmere Academy, or the students in it. Her uncle’s exclusive and secretive boarding school is the last place she wants to be, but after the tragic deaths of both her parents, she is left with no choice. Soon she realises she’sContinue reading “ARC Review: Crave by Tracy Wolff”

ARC Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Synopsis: Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin . . . desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’sContinue reading “ARC Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco”

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