The Balloon Thief – Aneesa Marufu featuring guest post by Aneesa Marufu

The Balloon Thief Aneesa Marufu

In a fantasy world that draws on South Asian heritage, customs, folklore and dress, The Balloon Thief by Aneesa Marufu offers a window into the dichotomy of privilege and oppressed, how those labels are more complicated than we perceive and the motivations to both keep the status quo and to turn to violent rebellion being … Continue reading The Balloon Thief – Aneesa Marufu featuring guest post by Aneesa Marufu

Christmas with a Difference: A Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

A Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

Crossing over with my involvement in the Instagram 12 Days of Bookmas I chose to feature A Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher today, which although not ‘new’ this year, absolutely deserves to be in hands and hearts every Christmas. I’ve not been shy about my love of folklore, mythology and especially stories of the Fae, … Continue reading Christmas with a Difference: A Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

Rita Wong and the Jade Mask- Mark Jones with illustrations by Seamus Jennings

Rita Wong and the Jade Mask by Mark Jones

Rita Wong and the Jade Mask is a curious story. It has this whimsical feel that has whispers from a wide range of modern MG influences, of Pages & Co, Podkin and Stubbs and Dragon Detective meets with portal magic, tumbling into a strange magical world like The Midnight Hour trilogy. It’s very different from … Continue reading Rita Wong and the Jade Mask- Mark Jones with illustrations by Seamus Jennings

The Puffin Portal Vashti Hardy illustrated by Natalie Smillie 

The Puffin portal by Vashti Hardy and Natalie Smillie

You may have guessed that I’m a huge fan of Vashti Hardy’s writing and she’s a wonderful person too ! The Puffin Portal is the sequel to her first collaboration with Barrington Stoke The Griffin Gate, a tale that blends the Hardy-verse of STEM steeped societies and steam punkery into it in accessible form for … Continue reading The Puffin Portal Vashti Hardy illustrated by Natalie Smillie