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Cover Reveal: Map of Bones by Francesca Haig

Cover Reveal: Map of Bones by Francesca Haig

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I’m thrilled to be able to reveal the cover for Map of Bones, the sequel to last year’s debut fantasy, The Fire Sermon. It was such a unique read, where everyone is born as a set of twins, one perfect, one with a defect, but their lives are inextricably linked. I’m really excited to get right back into this world with the sequel! So without further ado…the cover!
Map of Bones by Francesca Haig

Wow. It’s such a strong, haunting cover and it matches the first in the series perfectly! What do you guys think of the cover?

About Map of Bones

Release Date: 7 April 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager

The map of Bones is the second book in a speculative trilogy set in a future where all children are born twins: one perfect and one deformed. A stunning exploration of human sacrifice and joint destiny.

With the Omega resistance nearly decimated, its members dead or in hiding, the Alpha Council continues with its plan for permanently containing the Omegas.

Zach and Cass have defied the odds and survived the civil unrest, even if it has cost the life of Cass’s fellow rebel Kip. But with Zach on the opposing side, and steadily rising through the political ranks of the Alphas, the divide between the twins is growing. Cass is left haunted by visions of the past, while Zach’s cruelty and obsession pushes her to the edge, and threatens to destroy everything she hopes for.

As the country moves closer to all-out civil war, Cass will learn that to change the future she will need to uncover the past. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers: a deeply buried secret that raises the stakes higher than ever before.

About Francesca Haig

Francesca Haig is a novelist, poet and academic. The Fire Sermon, her debut novel (2015), is the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Rights for the series have sold in more than twenty countries, and the second novel, The Map of Bones, will be published in April 2016. Her poetry has been published in literary journals in both Australia and England, and her first collection of poetry, Bodies of Water, was published in 2006. Francesca grew up in Tasmania, gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and was a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Chester. In 2010 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship.

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Blog Tour: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Blog Tour: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the blog tour for one of my favourite reads of 2015, the wonderful new fantasy Truthwitch, by the loveliest author of them all, Susan Dennard!

I teamed up with Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales to discuss the book and come up with one question for Susan to answer!

We chatted for a while about the book. We both absolutely loved the friendship of the main characters, Safi and Iseult. I had a soft spot for Merik, while Bridget’s favourite was Aeduen. We were also extremely intrigued about the magic system and decided that’s what we wanted to know more about from Susan!

Truthwitch sorting

by Susan Dennard

We both found all the different witch powers really interesting in the story so we were wondering what type of witch and what powers would each of these people possess:

Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales, Daphne from Winged Reviews, Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes, and your favorite literary character!

What a cool question!

So Bridget, I think you’d make a fantastic Waterwitch—maybe an Icewitch (who can work with snow and frozen water) or a Tidewitch (who manipulates currents and liquid water). Then when you’re snow skiing, you can go really crazy on those slopes!

Daphne, you’re totally a Firewitch since I know how much you like firebending (from Avatar: the Last Airbender). 😉 In the Witchlands, Firewitches are super rare and mostly come from the desert empire of Marstok.

Jane Austen is a Wordwitch, for sure! This subset of Aetherwitchery can manipulate written or spoken word to persuade people—or to tell fantastic stories.

Sherlock Holmes? Well, he’d be a Threadwitch, I think. Even though they’re meant to be only women, he’s so perfect! The emotional detachment, the ability to logic his way through any situation, and the insight he has into human character… Yep, he’s a Threadwitch all the way!

And my favorite literary character is Eugenedies from The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner…I’m not sure what he’d be! I almost think he’d be one of those witchery-less (officially called Elementally Powerless) who are so smart they manage to use everyone else’s magic in their favor. There might be a character like that in Truthwitch, but I won’t tell you which! 😉

About Truthwitch


In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden- lest she be used in the struggle between the empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

About Susan Dennard

susandennardBefore she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor, Susan Dennard travelled the world as a marine biologist. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the Witchlands novels.

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Bookish Firsts: Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

Bookish Firsts: Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

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I’m thrilled to be hosting authors Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen to celebrate the release of their new book, Never Evers! Their debut novel, Lobsters, was hilarious and sweet, and I’m sure Never Evers will have more of their signature funny dual narrative and awkward moments!

Never Evers by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison


Bookish Firsts

With authors Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

What is the first book you ever read/remember reading?
TOM: It was a book called ‘Jam’ by Margaret Mahy, which – if I remember correctly (and I may not, since I was probably about 6 when I read it) – was both brilliant and absolutely insane. It was about a bloke who suddenly discovered he could make really amazing plum jam, so he kept making more and more, and it was all his family ever ate. They were quite keen on it at first, but then after a while, they started to get sick of only eating jam, and they started to have all these strange, psychedelic, jam-based nightmares. And they had so much jam they started using it for other things – like glue for the bathroom tiles. I remember being quite knocked out by it at a young age – suddenly realising how mad and funny and strange books could be.lucy01

LUCY: The Usborne Book of Witches. I just googled it and realized it’s still a bad-ass book. The illustrations are by Stephen Cartwright, whose pictures are just brilliant. In fact I am going to buy a second hand copy right now for my school library. I was extremely into all things witchy as a child and still am now.

What is the first book you wrote (can be published or unpublished)?
TOM: When I was probably 16 or 17 years old, I wrote about three chapters of a novel about graffiti artists in London. I’m not sure if I still have those three chapters, but I’m fairly sure they were the worst three chapters ever written by anyone, ever.

LUCY: The first book I wrote and finished was Lobsters. But before that I wrote some poetry about boys I fancied and how miserable I was that they didn’t fancy me back. Me and Tom also wrote the first episode of a sitcom about a duck!

tom02What is the first book character you loved?
TOM: It was probably William Brown from the Just William stories. I guess I would have been about 10 or so when I read them, and I immediately related to William, and looked up to him. He seemed like a real hero when I was that age – someone who basically did whatever he wanted, loved running around and climbing trees and mucking about with his mates, and generally felt just as frustrated and annoyed by grown-ups as I did. lucy02

LUCY: I think Matilda. Which must be the case for literally thousands of people across the world. I often do Matilda as a class read and it’s wonderful to see the kids all falling in love with her too. It never gets old, it never gets less exciting. Matilda is everything I still want to be.

About Never Evers

Kicked out of ballet academy, Mouse is hating the school ski trip. Jack was sure it’d be filled with danger and girls, but hasn’t a clue about either. That’s until French teen sensation Roland arrives in the resort – and Jack’s a dead ringer for him. After Roland persuades Jack to be his stand-in for a day, Jack, in disguise, declares his feelings for Mouse. But what happens when he’s no longer a pop star – will there still be music and magic on the slopes?

About Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Lucy & Tom (21 of 23)Lucy Ivison, lives in London and is a school librarian who runs an online teen magazine, Whatever After, as well as teaching in girls’ schools across London specialising in building confidence and creativity. Tom, currently living in Paris, is a journalist and has written for ShortList, Time Out, Vice, talkSPORT, ESPN and Viz.

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Blogger Wanted!

Blogger Wanted!


Happy new year all! I want to make a fresh start for 2016 on Winged Reviews. It’s my fifth year of blogging and I want to start producing more interested and varied content for you lovely readers. I’ve also got a new layout in the works, so it’s a new look for a new year!

As part of this, I’m searching for one or two new full-time bloggers/co-conspirators/right-hand people!

What I’m looking for:

  • You must love to read! All genres and types of books welcome.
  • A passion for discussing books, whether this is reviews, top ten lists, interviews, and just general squeeing about your favourite reads.
  • Able to post 4-6 times a month.
  • Be active/willing to be active on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads).
  • Honesty in all your opinions of books or posting on the blog.
  • Not required, but great if you have familiarity with WordPress/Blogger and basic HTML.

What you will get at Winged Reviews:

Top Ten of 2015

Top Ten of 2015

What a great year it’s been for reading! I didn’t quite finish my ambitious challenge of 75 books this year, but this is due to me taking a very long time to read one of the series on this list (well worth the time spent). To see the rest of the books I read this year, see my Goodreads Challenge.

I’m so sorry for the quiet on the blog lately. Both my co-bloggers have moved on this year, so I will be searching for a new one soon. I have also started my little business Illumicrate, which I am loving. It’s a book subscription box filled with a book and other lovely, exclusive bookish things. Check it out if you haven’t yet!

Without further ado, here are the top ten books I’ve read in 2015!

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of 2015



Note this doesn’t include the amazing The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski, which was on my top ten of 2014 list as I read it last year!

What are your favourites of the year? Is there a book I’ve desperately missed reading that I absolutely have to read in 2016? Link me to your top ten posts of the year and I’ll check them out!

Thanks for everyone’s support both on the blog and Illumicrate this year! I’m looking forward to a great 2016.

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