The Fairydust Book Blog’s Top 5 Books for Black History Month

As October is Black History Month in the UK, I thought I’d support and celebrate the ongoing legacy and value of black history by doing a list of my ‘top books’ for Black History Month. I hope you find them as inspirational, moving and rewarding as I do- there are so many amazing BAME writers…

The Fairydust Book Blog’s expanded and updated Top 8 Books for Halloween!

Hurrah, my favourite month of all the year has finally come around! October I heart you, with your mists and mellow fruitfulness, with your reruns of ‘Hocus Pocus’, with your Pumpkin-Spice-Latte mania (even though I don’t even drink PSLs any more,) with your crunchy golden leaves and your ghostly goings on (even though, um, in…

Review: ‘The Remedy’ by Michelle Lovric

Blurb from GoodReads.com:  In this darkly beautiful and hauntingly vivid novel, Michelle Lovric, acclaimed author of The Floating Book, embarks on an unforgettable journey through the winding alleys and shadowy streets of eighteenth-century Venice and London. With vibrant prose, she weaves together the stories of three disparate yet intertwined characters who find themselves embroiled in a…

Review: ‘Blood Canticle’ by Anne Rice

Blurb from GoodReads.com:  Lestat is back with a vengeance and in thrall to Rowan Mayfair. Both demon and angel, he is drawn to kill but tempted by goodness as he moves among the pantheon of Anne Rice’s unforgettable characters. Julien Mayfair, his tormentor; Rowan, witch and neurosurgeon, who attracts spirits to herself, casts spells on…

Review: ‘The Dreaming Place’ by Charles De Lint

  Blurb from GoodReads.com: A young woman locked in rage yet seeking magic, Ash is drawn into a wondrous Otherworld of totems and dryads, living tarots and mystic charms. At the same time, Ash’s cousin Nina is stalked by an Otherworld demon-a manitou who can force her mind and soul into the bodies of beasts….

Review: ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling

Blurb from GoodReads: Leaving behind her fashionable West Coast life, Maggie Black comes to the Southwestern desert to pursue her passion and her dream. Her mentor, the acclaimed poet Davis Cooper, has mysteriously died in the canyons east of Tucson, bequeathing her his estate and the mystery of his life– and death. Maggie is astonished…

Review: ‘Heartless’ by Marissa Meyer

Blurb from GoodReads: Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a…

Review: ‘Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem’ by Peter Ackroyd

Blurb:  Dan Leno, the great music hall comedian, was known in his lifetime as ‘the funniest man on earth’. So how could he have been involved in one of the most curious episodes in London’s history when, in a short period during the autumn of 1880, a series of murders was attributed to the mysterious…

Review: ‘Under My Skin’ by Juno Dawson

Blurb from GoodReads: Meet Molly Sue. Once she’s under your skin there’s no getting rid of her… Seventeen-year-old Sally Feather is not exactly a rebel. Her super-conservative parents and her treatment at the hands of high school bullies means that Sally’s about as shy and retiring as they come – but all that’s about to…

Review: ‘Say Her Name’ by Juno Dawson

Blurb from GoodReads:  Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody…

Review: ‘Lord of Shadows’ by Cassandra Clare

Hi guys! Sorry for the loooong absence- I’ve been REALLY busy rewriting the second draft of my new YA novel, Trollheart (working title,) and it’s shaping up well! But it does mean I haven’t been reading a lot lately because I’ve been deep into my own universe. As soon as I finish the rewriting I’ll…

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,…