Some might say Eurovision is over for the year, but the truth is, Eurovision is never over! If you haven't guessed, I'm a big fan, and because May is both the month of this fantastical music contest AND the bookish Wyrd and Wonder, I thought I'd mash the two together to create something weird and wonderful (pun intended). The premise is simple: any outfits/stage looks that took my fancy, whether during the premier, or the show itself, paired with a fantasy book cover I think matches its colours and vibes.
Sistersong is a lyrical, mythical story based on the folk ballad, The Two Sisters, and set in and around the hold of a great chief in the Dark Ages of Britain. I did review this book last year, and will provide a blurb at the end of this article, but today I wanted to talk to Lucy about her inspirations and writing process, especially since a follow-up book is in the works! So welcome, Lucy Holland, to the Book Nook.
We're halfway through the month of May and the all the fantastical celebrations that come with it, and myself and Annemieke thought it was high time we took a look at all your wonderful posts on Instagram! If you've been following our account you'll see the two of us have been sharing the prompt posts… Continue reading A Wyrd & Wonder Instagram Showcase: Week Two
It's the second week of our readalong of Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest and we're poised on the edge of a full moon gathering, so tensions are rising! This week we've met the mysterious boy in the box, asleep no longer, and uncovered more of Hazel's past. The questions this time are… Continue reading The Darkest Part of the Forest Read-along: Week Two
Kurara has never known any other life than being a servant on board the Midori, but when her party trick of making paper come to life turns out to be a power treasured across the empire, she joins a skyship and its motley crew to become a Crafter. Taught by the gruff but wise Himura, Kurara learns to hunt shikigami – wild paper spirits who are sought after by the Princess. But are these creatures just powerful slaves, or are they beings with their own souls? And can a teenage girl be the one to help them find their voice – and change the course of an empire?
Week two of The Summer Tree readalong for Wyrd and Wonder 2022. Beware spoilers.
When Ravian's father doesn't return home from sea for his son's birthday, Ravian is certain he must be in danger. Hearing tales of a cursed ship that captures fishermen, Ravian goes in search of his father accompanied by his only friend Marvin the seagull. Before long, the pair find themselves trapped on the ship with a kindly boy and a bad-tempered pirate for company. The ensuing voyage is beset with battles with giant squid and fierce storms, and Ravian despairs of ever finding his father. Featuring stunning illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Karl James Mountford.
Last year, I had the chance to read Little White Hands by self-published author Mark Cushen, which follows a young kitchen boy as he takes up a quest to restore the seasons to their balance. I absolutely loved this story and the way it felt both classic and fresh and, well, you can see what… Continue reading Author Chat: Mark Cushen
Silverthorne is a place of secrets. A forest of twisting paths and tangled thorns. A castle with locked towers and whispers of tragedy. A village trapped between terrors known and unknown. But something is stirring in the leaves...Saffy is a good girl, tired of being told to stick to the forest paths, and always follow the… Continue reading Review: Wilder Than Midnight by Cerrie Burnell
The Darkest Part of the Forest readalong, week one. Spoilers beware!