Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Straight up, I enjoyed this film for what is was. It was visually striking, with the tonal shifts and beasts. The use of an extreme close up on Theseus and Leta as they talked to Newt at the start of the film conveyed the sheer pressure and how uncomfortable Newt felt around them – the…

Children of Blood and Bone; By Tomi Adeyemi

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.  But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now, Zélie…

A Darker Shade of Magic; (Shades of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.  Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George…

Doctor Strange

A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. Out Now: UK Out November 4th: US This movie is just as trippy as you might expect. Buildings move and dimensions and time and people and dead is reversed and Benedict Cumberbatch is his usual…

Faerie Blood (Changeling Chronicles #1) by Emma L. Adams

I’m Ivy Lane, and if I never see another faerie again, it’ll be too soon. Twenty years after the faeries came and destroyed the world as we knew it, I use my specialist skills to keep rogue faeries in line and ensure humans and their magically gifted neighbours can coexist (relatively) peacefully. Nobody knows those…