Cinderella Is Dead – Kalynn Bayron

Something is rotten in the state of Lille. Things went terribly wrong after Cinderella died. Or were they already wrong before? This debut novel by Kalynn Bayron isn’t exactly a retelling of the well-known fairytale. I'd say, rather, that it's setting the record straight. At sixteen, Sophia is about to attend her first ball, in … Continue reading Cinderella Is Dead – Kalynn Bayron

The Haunting of the Antique Brooch – Hina Ansari

This is so not the cosy young adult mystery I was expecting. It’s bona fide horror, complete with ghosts, demons, djinns and a gorgeous and mysterious girl. Sixteen-year-old Roni and her friend Matty thought investigating haunted houses would be a fun activity for the summer, until Roni unknowingly upsets "something". The trouble follows her home, … Continue reading The Haunting of the Antique Brooch – Hina Ansari

Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad #1) – C. B. Lee

4.5* - Jess Tran is a normal teenager (insofar as teenagers can be normal). She’s not a genius like her younger brother nor does she have superpowers like her parents and older sister. She’s average. In order to prove her worth, at least to herself, she applies for an internship at Monroe Industries. Much to … Continue reading Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad #1) – C. B. Lee

Ethics of Magic (Ember Academy for Young Witches, #4) – L.C. Mawson

No rest for the weary, Amelia is barely out of the Slayers’ clutches that new danger arises. The Council of Light want to make sure she’s not dangerous and not helping Maria Brown (which she is) and their methods are not gentle. I can’t write much more without spoiling, I’ll just say this fourth book … Continue reading Ethics of Magic (Ember Academy for Young Witches, #4) – L.C. Mawson

History of Magic (Ember Academy for Young Witches, #2) – L.C. Mawson

History of Magic picks up right where Basics of Spellcraft left off and ends on another cliffhanger. I would not recommend reading this episode if you haven't read the first one first. After the events in book 1, the Amazons are not convinced Amy can be trusted with her powers. They decide to train her … Continue reading History of Magic (Ember Academy for Young Witches, #2) – L.C. Mawson

Basics of Spellcraft (Ember Academy for Young Witches #1) – L.C. Mawson

On the surface, Amy (Amelia) is like every other sixteen-year-olds – albeit with ADHD – yet in a rather short period of time, she finds out that she’s a Witch and also that maybe she’s attracted to other girls. Or at least to one other girl, Natalie, who is part-Witch part-Vampire. And maybe another, Willow, … Continue reading Basics of Spellcraft (Ember Academy for Young Witches #1) – L.C. Mawson

On a LARP / Zero Sum Game / Say Her Name – Stefani Deoul

You know how sometimes a book comes out and it’s part of a series so instead of reading a single new book you kinda go back in time and read the previous ones too and you’re suddenly discovering a whole new world? That’s what happened to me here and it’s more than a little exhilarating. … Continue reading On a LARP / Zero Sum Game / Say Her Name – Stefani Deoul

Sophomore Surge (Sophie Fournier #2) – K.R. Collins

At the end of Breaking the Ice, many reviewers, myself included, wondered whether we’d get some romance in the next book. It made sense that there wasn’t any in the first one: Sophie was eighteen, the first woman drafted into the NAHL, very focused on her first season and not giving anyone reason to get … Continue reading Sophomore Surge (Sophie Fournier #2) – K.R. Collins

Breaking the Ice (Sophie Fournier #1) – K.R. Collins

Before I discovered lesfic, I never thought it could be that much fun to read about sports. I mean, I often find watching sports boring, even those I understand (unless I'm in the stands, and there's noise and enthusiasm and all), so how could it be interesting without only words and no images? And yet. … Continue reading Breaking the Ice (Sophie Fournier #1) – K.R. Collins