I love finding a series that I can totally trust when it comes to a fast-paced storyline, engaging characters and a little sprinkling of magic. For me, the Invisible Library series and this series - Regency Faerie Tales - fall into that perfectly.
Review: The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This book had quite a slow start to a good story. It has a wonderful claustrophobic setting and backdrop that just adds to the sense of the unearthly.
Review: Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater
Ahh this was everything I was looking for in a Regency romance (and with added fae/supernatural elements too). Fast, fun and a little-swoon-worthy.
Review: A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin
I'm not sure what's going on at the moment but I'm really craving Regency-period romance with a little bit of sass (ok, I do know what's going on, it's the Bridgerton affect). I got a lot of what I needed from this book - it had all the restrictions of the period, but with a slightly more modern outlook.
Review: Yinka, Where is Your Huzband by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
There are so many times that I have been desperately seeking a good rom-com style book and have been disappointed. There's often too much dependence on the man, or the friend-group are side-lined, or the main character is just a nightmare. But this book delivered. There was romance, but not in the ways that you'd expect, there was resolution and bond-building, and issues of mental health and family pressure - all of which was delivered by a very relatable and sympathetic main character.
Review: Chef’s Kiss by Jarett Melendez
Queer graphic novels can be a perfect warm hug - and this was no exception, but with food!
Review: Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by Sarah Ready
I was looking for a quick read, a frilly story and some light humour and got ... some of it. I also got basically a repeat of the entire Bridget Jones plot and, do we need to tell Helen Fielding?
Review: Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Every time I pick up one of her books, it's a different genre, a different style. But the essence of what makes her writing great is the relationships that characters have with each other - their growth, their relationship and the imaginative setting.
Review: The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser
This very sweet romance novel had all the makings of the kind of book in this genre that I really enjoy: a guarded, Mr Darcy-type brooding love interest, someone setting up a new life in a little village, a straight-talking heroine and plenty of books.
Review: Just Like You by Nick Hornby
It's been a while since I last consciously read anything by Nick Hornby. I remember reading High Fidelity as a teenager, and then again as a slightly older teenager, and being struck by just how poignant and acerbic his style of romantic comedy writing was, and still is.