Forging a Nightmare

Patricia A. Jackson ★★★ Unknown to Humanity, the descendants of Fallen Angels live among us. After millennia of living in anonymity, a serial killer has discovered their secret and has marked them for death. FBI Agent Michael Childs is brought in to investigate a series of grisly murders in New York City. The only link…… Continue reading Forging a Nightmare

Evolutionary Magic

Christina Herlyn ★★★ Evolutionary Magic is the debut novel of Christina Herlyn, a dystopian urban fantasy set in an alternate history where our moon was shunted out of orbit by an asteroid, Atlas. As you might expect, this caused a massive amount of environmental damage, along with the failure of a substantial proportion of technology,…… Continue reading Evolutionary Magic

Skin of the Sea

Natasha Bowen  ★★★★★ “Here is a story. Story it is…” When Simidele dies, she is given a choice by the goddess, Yemoja. She can serve Yemoja by collecting the souls of the stolen people cast to their deaths in the watery depths from the slave ships above, so they may be blessed and sent safely…… Continue reading Skin of the Sea

A Master of Djinn

P. Djèlí Clark  ★★★★★ In 1912, England and the Empire were no longer of great import, while Egypt had risen to be one of the great world powers. 40 years ago, the mystic al-Jahiz opened a portal between the mundane and magical worlds and the djinn were loosed on the world, bringing sorcery, alchemy, and…… Continue reading A Master of Djinn

Threadneedle

Cari Thomas ★★★★★ “Magic is the first sin; we must bear it silently” When Anna’s father murdered her mother and killed himself, it was her aunt who took her in. Aunt is a witch, a Binder. Anna is being raised to become a Binder, taught that magic is a curse, a temptation that must be…… Continue reading Threadneedle

The Tall Man

Phoebe Locke ★★★ A film crew is shadowing troubled teen Amber Banner following her acquittal in a murder trial. Over the course of the book, and over three timelines, we learn about her family, and their connection to the Tall Man (an urban legend in the mould of the Slender Man). Amber’s motives and actions…… Continue reading The Tall Man

Whiteout

Gabriel Dylan ★★★★ Kaldgellan isn’t your normal ski resort. Situated high in the Austrian Alps, it’s more off the beaten track and less costly than most, and therefore perfect for school trips. A group of British teenagers find themselves stuck at their hotel when a snowstorm descends and makes it impossible to use the gondola…… Continue reading Whiteout

Monstre [Volume One]

Duncan Swan ★★★★ Deep beneath the Switzerland/France border sits the Large Hadron Collider, built in the quest for answers to some of theoretical physics’ most elusive questions. It was supposed to be safe, but when a malfunctioning experiment explodes, all a rag-tag group of scientists can do is flee the facility and try to make…… Continue reading Monstre [Volume One]

A Cosmology of Monsters

Sean Hamill ★★★★★ I thought this was going to be an easy review to write, but so much of the story relies on the reader not knowing what’s coming. I’ve got a whole list of symbolism and elements [flashback to A-Level English Lit], and I can’t mention 99% of it because it would spoil the…… Continue reading A Cosmology of Monsters