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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Scape is a new ezine showcasing Speculative Fiction for Young Adults.

I’ve just completed my first lot of submission reading, and there was some good stuff in there. Some was great!

If you are interested in more, check out the Scape website, and sneak a peek at my bio. 🙂

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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