Chelsey Reviews

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree Review

A new pair of shoes, a university degree, a husband—these are the things that a girl dreams of in a Nigerian village. And with a government scholarship right around the corner, everyone—her mother, he...

8.2 Great

Aru Shah and a Really Cute Book

Aru Shah is a heroine that demands your attention from the very beginning. She is a bit of an outcast, somewhat lonely, but adds so much colour with her grand imagination and small fibs that you can’t...

8.2 Great

The Iron Flower

There is always a fear that the first book in a series you love was a fluke and that the next book is going to be less than the book before it. Not so with The Iron Flower.

9.6 Amazing

Rule: Sisters Take Over

Never has there been three more random people better at taking down a kingdom through treason than these three sisters. Accidental treason to boot. Zofi, Akeyla and Ren have all lived their lives in u...

7.6 Good

The Black Witch, Controversy, and My Opinion

The first thing I heard about The Black Witch was about the controversy. The word was out through my more internet connected friends that this book handled racism like a drunk teenager with a Roman ca...

9.2 Amazing

Shadow of the Fox

The titular fox is Yumeko, a half-kitsune, who are known for their illusion magic and the tricks they like to play on unsuspecting people. Yumeko lived a sheltered life in the Silent Winds temple, whe...

5.6 Average

The Con Artist

No space is more eerie or more liminal than a convention. It’s an hastily constructed space filled with people who share a common lexicon, a specialised knowledge, all converging to discuss, tra...

6.2 Fair

Strange the Dreamer: A Pleasant Surprise

I read Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and didn’t love it. It had all the elements of a story I should love, but it never engaged me. Luckily for Strange the Dreamer, it had Gods, fai...

7.8 Good

Children of Blood and Bone Review

Children of Blood and Bone is a book as steeped with violence as the name suggests. Full of magic, gods, political conflict, mages, princesses and princes this West-African inspired fantasy story is g...

6.8 Fair

Leigh’s Wondy Wins: A Wonder Woman: Warbringer Review

With the rousing success of Wonder Woman the movie, featuring a female super hero by a female director, you have to wonder if the YA version of her origin story would measure up. I have never trusted ...

7.8 Good

All Romance No Fantasy: Of Fire and Stars

A Princess in a political marriage to a Prince falls in love with someone else, except that that someone else is the Prince’s sister. Lesbian princesses are a novelty in the teen fiction world, ...

4.4 Poor

Bedlam Vol. 1 Review

One of the hottest new series of the year gets its first, new reader friendly-priced collection! Fillmore Press was once Madder Red, a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord who ruled the city of Bedl...

7.5 Good

The Hundred Lies of Hawthrone Creely

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti is a bizarre little book. It feels like it should be magic realism but somehow manages to stay on this side of slice of life. And how often you find...

7.4 Good

Dystopic Mashup: The Forgetting Review

The Forgetting is one of those books that seems like a mashup of like 5 different things. Divergent, The Giver, Alive, The Purge. The Forgetting takes place in the city of Cannan. A self-sufficient ci...

5.6 Average

Oh Look, Book 2: A Torch Against the Night Review

A Torch Against the Night begins right where An Ember in the Ashes left off. Elias and Lia are running from Blackcliff soldiers through the catacombs. They are trying to escape the city and make their...

5.4 Average
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