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February 2024

Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong

Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong Hodderscape, pb, £14.85          Reviewed by Joely Black Immortal Longings is a young adult fantasy pitched as a retelling of Anthony and Cleopatra. I don’t normally like either romance or young adult fantasy, but as this is my period of study, I was curious to see… Read More »Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong

Meet Allen Stroud

Every Friday, we meet a member of the BFS and peer deep into their soul (or, at least, a form they filled out). This week, we meet Allen Stroud, who will deliver a workshop on the readers’ imagination for the BFS this month.

Good Girls Don’t Die

Good Girls Don’t Die by Christina Henry Titan, £9.99, Paperback Reviewed by Melody Bowles Good Girls Don’t Die is a compelling thriller set in four parts. Each of the first three parts centres around a different narrator trapped in a world they find horrifyingly familiar. It is an extremely well-written… Read More »Good Girls Don’t Die

The Dead Take the A Train

The Dead Take the A Train by Cassandra Khaw and Richard Kadrey Titan Books, hardback, £16.99 Reviewed by Stephen Frame The Dead Take the A Train gives us Julie Crews as the main character, a magic user in present-day New York, with a train wreck for a life. Into this… Read More »The Dead Take the A Train

Gods of the Wyrdwood

GODS OF THE WYRDWOOD by RJ Barker Orbit Books. h/b. £20. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Ventday, Cahan’s favourite day. Which god would the visitors be worshipping today, the young Cahan would wonder. The monks would come first. Then a parade. An excitement. But only ever passing through. They never stop… Read More »Gods of the Wyrdwood

The Book of Love

The Book of Love by Kelly Link Head of Zeus, HB, £20.24 Reviewed by Rym Kechacha A Kelly Link fan is a reader well-versed in folklore and mythology and all the ways those things can get tricksy on you. A reader who is delighted when magic turns up in unexpected… Read More »The Book of Love

The Scarlet Alchemist

The Scarlet Alchemist by Kylie Lee Baker Hodderscape, hardback, £16.99 Reviewed by Nadya Mercik When I looked at the blurb of The Scarlett Alchemist, I was intrigued by the mixture of the Chinese world and alchemy, although, in general, I don’t read many YA novels. In the end, the book… Read More »The Scarlet Alchemist

Meet Tim Mendees

Every Friday, we meet a member of the BFS and peer deep into their soul (or, at least, a form they filled out). This week, we meet Brighton’s cosmic horror aficionado and goth DJ Tim Mendees.