Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Wu Zetian enlists to be a concubine pilot even though it means she could lose her life. For nothing is more important than seeking vengeance for her sister’s death. However, her plans go awry when she discovers that the Prince-General she plans to assassinate is the least of her problems, and there are horrifying secretsContinue reading “Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao”

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

Daisy Darker was born with a heart condition and has never really felt at home in the Darker family. When her Nana’s 80th birthday comes up, the entire family is invited to Seaglass, their family home on a Cornish island. Soon after everyone has arrived, Nana is found dead. This marks the unravelling of aContinue reading “Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney”

The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings

Josephine Thomas’ mother disappeared years ago. In a world where women and witches are both at the mercy of the State, her mother going missing drew a great deal of scrutiny from others. So when she receives her mother’s will, asking her to head to an island and fulfil her wish, Jo hesitatingly embarks onContinue reading “The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings”

The Life of a Stupid Man by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

With 3 titles in this Penguin Little Black Classic, two of which are autobiographical, the author captures fleeting glimpses of the human experience. I haven’t read many stories by Japanese authors so I thought perhaps this could be a taste-tester of sorts. I’m not sure I’m the right audience for it because although these shortContinue reading “The Life of a Stupid Man by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa”

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G Wells

A shipwreck nearly spells the end for Edward Prendick when he is rescued by a peculiar man called Montgomery. For one, Montgomery’s assistants have a strange way about them. To complicate matters more, the island he is brought to is the hideaway of an infamous scientist. One of the primary reasons I quickly made roomContinue reading “The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G Wells”