Book Reviews, Fantasy

Review: Never The Wind by Francesco Dimitri

1996 - Luca Saracino is thirteen and has been completely blind for eight months when his parents move to a Southern Italian farmhouse they dream of turning into a hotel. With his brother dropping out of university and the family reeling from Luca’s diagnosis, they are chasing dreams of rebirth and reinvention. As Luca tells his story without sight - experiencing the world solely through hearing, smell, taste and touch - he meets the dauntless Ada Guadalupi, who takes him out to explore the rocky fields and empty beaches. But Luca and Ada find they can’t escape the grudges that have lasted between their families for generations, or the gossiping of the town. And Luca is preyed upon by the feral Wanderer, who walks the vineyards of his home. As Luca's family starts to crack at the seams, Luca and Ada have to navigate new lands and old rivalries to uncover the truths spoken as whispers on the wind.

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It’s the final showcase: Wyrd & Wonder on Instagram

May has come and gone, and so another celebration of Wyrd and Wonder has come to an end. It's been incredible, especially as it was our first official year on instagram, and we got to see all the awesome photos you guys put together throughout the month! My co-host Annemieke of A Dance With Books… Continue reading It’s the final showcase: Wyrd & Wonder on Instagram


The Darkest Part of the Forest Readalong: Week Four

It's been a weird last week of May, so I'm getting to this later than I would like, but at last I am able to sit down and discuss my final thoughts on Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest, which was one of our readalong titles for this year's Wyrd and Wonder! This week the questions were provided by Lisa at Dear Geek Place, who also hosted the readalong, and thank you so much for a great time! In this final section, all the showdowns happen, so let's get going, and please beware of spoilers!

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The Summer Tree Readalong: Week Four

It's over! It's always bittersweet to finish a readalong, because on the one hand I couldn't wait to get to the end and find out what happens but on the other I will miss being part of this reading journey with such wonderful companions! This week, everything is happening, so please beware of spoilers going forward. Thank you to the magnificent Mayri the Bookforager for the closing questions - let's get to it!

Book Reviews, Middle Grade

Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Eugenides, the queen's thief, can steal anything - or so he says. Then his boasting lands him in the king's prison, and his chances of escape look slim. So when the king's magus invites him on a seemingly impossible quest to steal a legendary object and win back his freedom, Gen in no position to refuse. The magus has plans for his king and his country. Gen has plans of his own...

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A Wyrd & Wonder Instagram Showcase: Week Three

Another week has gone past, and you're all still killing it with your photos for this year's prompts! Annemieke and I are very excited to share some of those. Last week, I looked at Mythic, Undergods, and Weapons while Annemieke showed off your Best Laid Plans and 5 Star Fantasy Reads. Today you can find a showcase of #ShelfieSunday, Dark, and Bite-Sized Delights over at A Dance With Books while I look at your Current Reads and Fantasy Landscapes. Let's go!

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The Darkest Part of the Forest Readalong: Week Three

Things are moving non-stop in Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest and in week three twists upon twists are abundant! Thank you kindly to the wonderful Bookforager Mayri for the questions, and I am going to dive straight in... please beware that at this point it's spoilers galore!

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Eurovision Outfits as Fantasy Book Covers

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.