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These reviews cover some of the latest fantasy and science fiction book releases, including works by both popular and lesser-known writers.
They are as spoiler-free as possible so you can still enjoy the book.

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How To Live Plastic Free by Luca Bonaccorsi, Richard Harrington, and Clare Fischer

4 star rating
The Marine Conservation Society shares advice on how to prevent the scourge of plastic pollution in our oceans with this guide to daily living.

3rd January 2019

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Moonstruck Volume 1: Magic To Brew by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle

4 star rating
In a town where supernatural creatures live beside ordinary humans, a werewolf barista tries to blend in. But when her friend is hurt by a rogue magician she has to take a stand. The first in the Moonstruck series.

21st September 2018

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Inheritors Of The Earth by Chris D. Thomas

4 star rating
An examination of the species that are benefitting from rapid environmental changes brought about by mankind, and how they are doing so.

27th January 2018

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Defender by G. X. Todd

4 star rating
People everywhere have started hearing voices which urge them towards violence. Pilgrim and Lacey are struggling to survive in a world where even their own thoughts may betray them.

5th March 2017

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Weapons Of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil

5 star rating
Big Data has infiltrated many aspects of our daily lives. But the algorithms that determine our schooling, jobs, insurance, finances, and more may not be as fair or useful as we believe.

9th May 2018

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Monstress Volume One: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

5 star rating
A teenager searches for answers about herself and her war-torn past, whilst a monster stirs inside her. A graphic novel.

26th August 2016

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As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

4 star rating
A young woman is held captive by a beast in a cursed castle, whilst trying to untangle what that curse has to do with her family.

10th February 2019

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Abducted by Evangeline Anderson

4 star rating
An ordinary paralegal is transported around the universe by a hunky alien who believes she is very special. Book one of the Alien Mate Index.

9th November 2016

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Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

5 star rating
Cinderella is used to being mistreated by her step family, but little is as it first appears in this twisted version of the classic Cinderella story. The first book in the Dark Fairy Tale Queen series.

15th January 2019

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

5 star rating
A young woman leaves her tribe to go to university across the galaxy, far from her home culture.

18th January 2017

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Radiance by Grace Draven

5 star rating
Two minor royals marry to secure an alliance between their countries, although they find each other hideous and others will scheme to tear them apart. The first novel in the Wraith Kings series.

2nd January 2017

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Rat Queens: Volume Two: The Far Reaching Tentacles Of N'Rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic

5 star rating
The second instalment of the Rat Queens series the Queens take on demons from another dimension who are destroying their town. A graphic novel.

17th August 2016

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Rat Queens Volume One: Sass And Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

5 star rating
A group of young women would rather get drunk and slay trolls than call their parents. A graphic novel.

9th August 2016

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The Upside Of Stress by Kelly McGonigal

4 star rating
Stress is commonly thought of as an entirely negative condition that makes us sick. Kelly McGonigal reveals the evidence that challenges that view, and explains how to use stress to improve our lives.

7th June 2018

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Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

4 star rating
Some people seem to believe Callum Hunt is the personification of evil, and the young mage is afraid they might be right. The second novel in the Magisterium series.

27th December 2015

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Sleepless by Lou Morgan

4 star rating
A group of students take a mysterious study drug to help them cheat at their exams. But none of them are prepared for the side effects.

19th June 2015

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The Incredible Unlikeliness Of Being by Alice Roberts

5 star rating
Alice Roberts looks at the amazing journey of human development and why our bodies have evolved in the way they have.

2nd July 2017

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Sleeping Late On Judgement Day by Tad Williams

5 star rating
Bobby Dollar has already been to Hell, but his toughest test will come when he takes on a rogue angel who outranks him many times over. The third Bobby Dollar novel.

8th June 2017

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The Organised Mind by Daniel Levitin

5 star rating
The modern world can bombard us with information, making it exhausting to try to keep organised. Daniel Levitin examines the neuroscience behind keeping order and remembering what we need to.

28th September 2016

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Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery

5 star rating
An exploration of how the move to industrialised farming has affected animal welfare, human health, and the environment. Taking a global perspective, this book pulls no punches in its critique of intensive factory farming.

5th April 2016