Review: Lamplighter

Lamplighter (Monster Blood Tattoo, #2)Lamplighter by D.M. Cornish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is hard to describe just how wonderful the Monster Blood Tattoo series is. To say that the writing is meticulous, the world-building immaculate, the prose beautiful, the language sublime, is to damn it with faint praise.

This is one of the most satisfying spec-fic series I’ve ever read – the level of detail is astronomical, mind-boggling and amazing.

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Review: Pink

PinkPink by Lili Wilkinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ava, please come over here and let me wrap you in a great big hug.

The voice of Ava in this book is a strong one, as are all the characters. None of them feels like a caricature (except maybe Dennis), but he does serve to create a catalyst for Ava’s growth.

Wilkinson deftly explores the central issue of adolescence – Who Am I? – within a unique framework. There are not many novels for teens that deal with confused sexuality (although a number have been published suring the last two years, so maybe the times are a changin’) and Wilkinson shines a light on Ava’s confusion and fear with sympathy and humour.

This is a beautiful novel, and again, one I wish I had read when it first ‘came out’. 🙂

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