Book Review: The Glass Demon

The Glass Demon is one of those books I knew was going to be good right from the very first lines. In just two sentences Grant effectively sets up a feeling of impending doom, and with the third sets up the first death – and thus the rest of the book. With such a strong opening, standards are high for the rest of the book. But Grant’s elegant writing and careful plotting make for a page-turning novel that gets better and better with each chapter.

Graphic Novel Review: Letters for Lucardo

In case you didn't know, I am a big fan of anything vampire. I even run a podcast dedicated to the discussion of vampires in media. And in case you aren't familiar with the Bloodsucking Feminists and our rantings opinions, you'll know that vampire fiction tends to be about straight white pretty people. So when browsing Kickstarter for anything to do with vampires please somebody help me I discovered a kickstarter for a graphic novel about the same-sex romance between a 61 year old man and a vampire of colour I had to investigate.

Book Review: The Stranger

A few years is a lifetime in YA: #YesGayYA is probably so far back that at least some people are not aware of what exactly happened.

The short version is this: Brown and Smith co-wrote a post-apocalyptic YA book, STRANGER, featuring a diverse cast and 5 POV characters. During their search for an agent for this book (they were already agented, only separately) they wrote a post on Publishers Weekly where they revealed that an unnamed agent had asked them to either remove the POV of one character, or change/hide an intrinsic part of him.

5 NZ Books I Plan To Read In 2017

You may not have figured this out, but I live in New Zealand. (Yes, it is the place where they filmed Lord of the Rings. No, it's not part of Australia.) While a lot of the media we consume here is imported - mostly from the US and then the UK, as well as Australia - we have our own creatives producing movies, TV shows, and of course books.

Each year I tell myself that I am going to read more NZ books, and each year I either do it or I don't. So to get me started for the next round, here is 5 NZ books I plan to read in 2017. Wish me luck.

Freebie: Four Colouring Mandala

Lately I have been having fun making (and colouring) mandala patterns, and I thought I would share a couple of them for you to print and colour in as well. Colouring in is fun, and I know this time of year can be stressful. The mandala are in one .pdf file, zipped with the example images you see below.

Book Review: Duck, Death and the Tulip

I'll be the first to admit it: I'm not a picture book's target audience. Right now I neither have children of my own nor do I work with children young enough to appreciate them anymore. (Protip: If you're taking a dozen five year olds camping, always always take all the Hairy Maclary books. You'll need them.) But there is one picture book that I pick up every so often and re-read solely as an adult who thinks it's a great book.