Review: ‘Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis’ by Anne Rice

Blurb from GoodReads At the novel’s center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history,…

Repost: A Tribute to Sophie Lancaster

Please note: this is a repost from 2015, posted originally on my other blog, the official blog for The Breathing Ghosts series. I am reposting it to help publicize Murdered For Being Different, a sensitive, thought provoking and nuanced BBC3 dramatization of the vicious real-life attack on Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend, Robert, as well…

Review: ‘The Romeo Catchers’ by Alys Arden

Blurb from GoodReads.com:  Is blood thicker than magic in La Nouvelle-Orléans? Tormented by the fate she condemned her mother to, and by the lies she’s forced to tell to cover it up, Adele scours Storm-ravaged New Orleans for the truth about her family’s magical past. But every turn leads her back to the one person…

Review: ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J. Maas

Please note if you haven’t read this book: this review contains spoilers! Read at your own risk! 🙂   Blurb from GoodReads:  Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information…

Album Review: ‘Human Love’ by Newton Faulkner

This is a surprisingly upbeat from previously-rather-folksy Newton Faulkner– full of big, rambunctious rhythms, drums, melodies, chanting, guitars that make their own kind of percussion (I’m not a musician, so forgive me if the terms are incorrect,) this album has a LOT. It’s a delightful mix- tracks such as ‘Far to Fall’ and ‘Up, Up and…

Review: ‘The Return of the Witch’ by Paula Brackston

Blurb from GoodReads.com:  After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has travelled the world learning…

Review: ‘The Secret Life of William Shakespeare’ by Jude Morgan

  Blurb from GoodReads.com:  There are so few established facts about how the son of a glove maker from Warwickshire became one of the greatest writers of all time that some people doubt he could really have written so many astonishing plays. We know that he married Anne Hathaway, who was pregnant and six years…

Review: ’21 Proms’ by David Levithan, John Green, Libba Bray and others

Please note: Trigger Warning: this post explores issues around (sexual) consent and (IMO*) abusive relationships. If you find this upsetting, please feel free to skip this post and read others instead.  Blurb from GoodReads: Sometimes the night of your dreams can be a total nightmare. The prom. It’s supposed to be one of the best nights…

Review: ‘Moonheart’ by Charles de Lint

Blurb from GoodReads.com: When Sara and Jamie discovered the seemingly ordinary artifacts, they sensed the pull of a dim and distant place. A world of mists and forests, of ancient magics, mythical beings, ageless bards…and restless evil. Now, with their friends and enemies alike–Blue, the biker; Keiran, the folk musician; the Inspector from the RCMP;…