RSSAuthor Archive for Aly Locatelli

21. A reader, a writer, a reviewer and a full-time sloth lover. I am addicted to coffee and my laptop, and love reading especially when it's rainy outside.

BOOK REVIEW: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

BOOK REVIEW: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

BOOK REVIEW: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff HarperVoyager August 2016 Hardcover, £12.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli Fantasy 8/10 “You think I should have saved myself, is that it? That I’m some gift to be given? Now forever spoiled?” The boy said nothing, watching her with those fathom-deep eyes. Pretty as a picture. The girl drew a […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey

BOOK REVIEW: The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey

BOOK REVIEW: The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey Atom Books July 2016 Paperback, £7.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli Fantasy 5/10 The bird that sings at midnight from within its cage of bone will rise from blood and ashes, to greet the truth unknown. Although I really enjoyed The Shadow Hour whilst reading, it took me a long […]

BOOK REVIEW: And I Darken by Kiersten White

BOOK REVIEW: And I Darken by Kiersten White

BOOK REVIEW: And I Darken by Kiersten White

BOOK REVIEW: This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

BOOK REVIEW: This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

BOOK REVIEW: This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab Titan Books June 2016 Paperback, £7.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli Fantasy/Dystopia 6.5/10 “And you?” asked Kate. “Your brother is righteous, your sister is scattered. What does that make you?” When August answered, the word was small, almost too quiet to hear. “Lost.” As a huge fan […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

BOOK REVIEW: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

BOOK REVIEW: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury Razorbill February 2016 Hardcover, $17.99 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli Fantasy 7.5/10 Time has a different meaning for me, and these events that seem so monumental in the moment will one day be nothing more than a line in a scroll. These humans are but letters to […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

BOOK REVIEW: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

BOOK REVIEW: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas Bloomsbury May 2016 Paperback, £7.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli Fantasy 9/.5/10 I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again I would not, could not […]

BOOK REVIEW: Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

BOOK REVIEW: Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

BOOK REVIEW: Whisper to Me by Nick Lake Bloomsbury May 2016 Paperback, £7.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli Contemporary/Mystery 8/10 It feels weird, thinking about you, before I knew you existed. I wonder what you were doing. I think I like picturing you standing in the wings. A hero, listening for his line, his cue to […]

BOOK REVIEW: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

BOOK REVIEW: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

BOOK REVIEW: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie March 2016 Katherine Tegan Books Hardcover, $17.99 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 6/10   I believe we decide our own fate. No one has the right to dictate who we are or what we become. A beautiful cover, an eye-catching summary and debuting in the same season of […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

BOOK REVIEW: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

BOOK REVIEW: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner March 2016 Andersen Press Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 7.5/10 Some fall in glorious ways. On green fields of battle as old warriors, surrounded by friends, fighting for their homes, fighting cruelty. Some fall crawling in the dirt of Forrestville, Tennessee, in the dark, impossibly […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

BOOK REVIEW: A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

BOOK REVIEW: A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab Titan Books February 2016 Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8.5/10 I am Delilah Bard, she thought, as the ropes cut into her skin. I am a thief and a pirate and a traveler. I have set foot in three different worlds, and lived. […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

BOOK REVIEW: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

BOOK REVIEW: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. Bloomsbury Childrens March 2016 Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10 The man wrote his message. Are you really a boy, like Xash says? the god asked Arin. You’ve been mine for twenty years. I raised you. The Valorian signed the scrap of paper. Cared for […]

BOOK REVIEW: When We Collided by Emery Lord

BOOK REVIEW: When We Collided by Emery Lord

BOOK REVIEW: When We Collided by Emery Lord Bloomsbury April 2016 Paperback, £7.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 9/10 This is where I am, somewhere between the night’s total darkness and the light’s utter brilliance, and I grin as I dance and the night wind kicks up Jonah’s hair. The glow of my birthday candles and […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig March 2016 Hot Key Books Paperback, £7.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 9/10   Why did the stories I knew best never end well? But why too did I feel at home among them? I could never give up the myths, the maps, the ship that had […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

BOOK REVIEW: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

BOOK REVIEW: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye Blazer + Bray April 2016 Hardcover, $17.99 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 5/10   Vika packed the clay from the former pitcher in her hands. It hardened into a ceramic cannonball. “I don’t fancy dying.” Her father emptied the bottle of kvass. “Then the only option is, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

BOOK REVIEW: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

BOOK REVIEW: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard January 2016 Tor Teen Hardcover, $18.99 USD Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8/10 Those who win wars are those who write histories. As a Susan Dennard virgin, Truthwitch came to my attention solely because Susan Dennard just happen to be my favourite author’s best friend, and so the hype surrounding […]

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton February 2016 Faber Children’s Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 9.5/10 And then all I could see was the sand and I forgot about everything. About fear. About bombs. About Jin. The desert reached out for us all with huge open arms. The churning mass […]

BOOK REVIEW: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

BOOK REVIEW: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

BOOK REVIEW: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning. Gollancz November 2011 Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 8.5/10 “Who the fuck are you, Ms. Lane?” Rage filled me. Rage at what had been done to her. Rage at him for bringing it up. The thought that no one could see or judge me was liberating. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

BOOK REVIEW: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

BOOK REVIEW: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning Gollancz August 2008 Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 7.5/10 “What are you, Barrons?” “The one that will never let you die, and that’s more, Ms. Lane, than anyone in your life has been able to say to you. More than anyone else can do.” Okay, wow, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Cress by Marissa Meyer

BOOK REVIEW: Cress by Marissa Meyer

BOOK REVIEW: Cress by Marissa Meyer Puffin Books February 2014 Paperback, £7.99 Reviewed by Aly Locatelli “Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.” […]

BOOK REVIEW: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

BOOK REVIEW: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

BOOK REVIEW: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning Gollancz August 2008 Paperback, £7.99 GBP Reviewed by Aly Locatelli 7.5/10   You want to believe in black and white, good and evil, heroes that are truly heroic, villains that are just plain bad, but I’ve learned in the past year that things are rarely so simple. The […]

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