Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Series: The Locked Tomb #1
Goodreads: Gideon the Ninth
Publisher: Tor Books
Buy: Bookshop.org UK | US
Synopsis: The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.
Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.
Of course, some things are better left dead.

Review: Gideon the Ninth has been on my to be read since its release back in 2019, I mean who can say no to lesbian space necromancers? not me. I’ll admit though that I found this harder to get into than I thought, but I think the fault lays entirely with my kindle and my goldfish sized brain. This book introduces so many new terms and characters, and if I’d picked up the hardback I would have easily been able to flick to the back and enlighten myself, but instead I was reading on my kindle and didn’t realize there was a glossary until I’d finished the whole thing. My single brain cell really let me down here so I’m not holding it against Gideon, and I really did love this book (to the point where I’m probably going to attempt a Harrow cosplay build).

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Five popular trilogies I haven’t read, but probably should…

It’s time for a list, a rather shocking list! I’m going to go through a few of book series’ that appear in my tbr but for some reason I haven’t picked ’em up yet! This is basically a call out post from me to me so I’ll actually pic these bad boys up.

Jade City landed on my list after it did the booktube rounds a couple of months ago, and I really want to find out if it’s worth the hype. It’s been kinda hard staying away from spoilers though, so I better read this one as soon as possible.

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Review: Seven Devils by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam

Series: Seven Devils #1
Goodreads: Seven Devils
Publisher: Gollancz
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Synopsis: When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray.

Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated.

When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.

Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.

Review: I received this digital copy in exchange for an honest review, thanks Gollancz!

This book’s being described as a feminist space opera with Mad Max: Fury Road vibes, and as a lover of both of those things I knew I had to get my grubby hands on a copy.

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Sunday Book Crush!

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

Tor Books shared a picture of this cover over on their twitter, and I was immediately drawn to it. I hunted it down on goodreads and oh my gosh doesn’t this book sound incredible. It’s sounds like it’s a fricken amazing fantasy with lesbian necromancers, like what more could I need. I’m very excited to add this book to my reading list!!

Goodreads: Gideon the Ninth

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

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Goodreads: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe 
Publisher: Walker Books
Amazon: UK|US
Synopsis: Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

Review: When this book came out I was so excited! Other blogger’s had me so pumped to get my hands on this beautiful book. I fell in love with the concept, and the thrilling idea of this being more than a romance, but for me this book just fell flat.

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UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

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Series: Unwind Dystology #2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Amazon: UK|US
Synopsis: Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa — and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp — people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.


Review: I read Unwind way back in 2012 when I first started reviewing, and it has been one of the books that has stuck with me ever since. If you have ever read it you’ll probably know the scene that managed to shock me so much that I still talk about it to this day, but for some reason I never managed to pick up the sequel…until now!

This book is no longer entirely focused on Connor, and includes a wealth of new fantastic characters that drive the plot forward. It still follows the horrible idea that you can unwind your child for any sort of misdemeanour, and starts to uncover the reason behind the creation of unwinding!! Which was a fantastic plot twist. I think this entire series is something that I’m going to thoroughly enjoy getting my teeth into, despite having a four year gap between reading the first and the second.

The characters are so fabulously written and deep that I really didn’t mind changing between them, and there wasn’t any perspective that I didn’t enjoy reading. This book gives you so many different perspectives on unwinding, and very clearly shows the brainwashing that has happened to this society. Miracolina and Cam are probably the best perspectives to see this from. Miracolina because she has been told from birth that she will be unwound, and despite her parents changing their mind, still leaves to be unwound because she believes it is her job. Cam is an even better example of this brainwashing, as he is part of the propaganda machine himself due to being a direct product of unwinding He is definitely one of my favourite perspectives featured in the book, and allowed me to see inside the corporation that controls unwinding.

This book is so morally complex and interesting! One of my favourite things is the adverts for unwinding interspersed throughout the book. They make it seem so reasonable to kill your child for being a rebellious teen, and I have to say it was one of the scarier aspects of the book. Society makes it seem like your doing the right thing, that your saving these childeren by seperating them, but it is honestly a chilling concept that is presented so well in this book.

I will admit that I don’t think I enjoyed this book as much as the first one, and I think this is probably because most of the drama happens towards the end of the book; but the characters are engaging enough that I didn’t find myself urging the book onwards, and in all honesty this a great sequel that I can’t really fault.

Recommend: Yes but read unwind first!! I think this book series will probably be one of my favourites!

Stars:  ★★★★★


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Sunday Book Crush!

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Amazon: UK|US

The cover of this book caught my eye on twitter, and I immediately dashed off to Goodreads to look it up. My fascination with the beautiful cover led me to a blurb discussing a near-future science fiction world plagued by pollution, and a boy set to fight back against the rich who are buying suits that protect them from the toxins.
I just love this concept, and the idea of the world that Cindy has built! I’ll definitely be picking this one up as soon as possible. It combines some of my favourite things Sci-Fi, fighting back against oppression, and a little bit of romance, so I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book.


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