Category Archives: Strange Chemistry

The Seers by Julianna Scott – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

The Seers

Shadowhawk reviews the sequel by Julianna Scott to last year’s YA debut novel The Holders, an urban fantasy with an Irish mythology twist.

“A good novel, but the ending is a bit rushed and doesn’t quite have the climax I was looking for. Still, it is a good follow-up to its predecessor, which I really enjoyed.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen – Advance Review [Bane of Kings]


Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, covers The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen, published by Angry Robot imprint Strange Chemistry and released on March 4 2014. It’s a young adult novel that deals with time travel, and is the first in the Alex Wayfare series.

“I never expected The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare to be as good as it was. It took me completely by surprise and turned out to be quite possibly one of the best novels from Strange Chemistry books to date. Forget popular books like The Hunger Games & Twilight, M.G. Buehrlen’s debut novel is something that every young adult fan should read.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard – Book Review [Bane of Kings]


Milo, aka “Bane of Kings” writes a review of The Almost Girl, a young adult science fiction novel by Amalie Howard published by Strange Chemistry Books. It’s currently available to buy now in both the UK and the USA, and is Howard’s first book that has been published by Strange Chemistry – but is not her debut work. 

The Almost Girl draws you in with its excellent cover and keeps you hooked right the way through. Fun, fast paced – it’s a young adult novel that manages to be original with a kickass female protagonist and a confident narrative. Recommended.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Shadowplay by Laura Lam – Book Review [Bane of Kings]


Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, writes his first book review of 2014, looking at Laura Lam’s follow-up to the young adult novel Pantomime, entitled Shadowplay, published by Strange Chemistry Books. This book is currently available to buy in the UK and the USA.

“An excellent read that continues the fine form set by Pantomime, Shadowplay gets 2014 off to a great start and makes Laura Lam an unmissable author with two excellent hits. I could not put this book down, and you won’t be able to as well.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

The Woken Gods

Shadowhawk takes a look at Gwenda Bond’s stand-alone second Young Adult novel from Strange Chemistry Books. This is the 14th in his Advent Review series and you can check out the details here.

“Mildly entertaining but not too exciting is the best way that I can sum this book up.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Cracked by Eliza Crewe – Book Review [Shadowhawk]


Shadowhawk takes a look at one of the recent debut novels from Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot. This is also the second in my Advent Reviews series for 2013. You can find a full list here.

“Fun. Quirky. Delightful. Recommended.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Skulk by Rosie Best – Advance Review [Bane of Kings]


Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, writes an Advance Review of the young adult urban fantasy novel Skulk, written by Rosie Best and published by Strange Chemistry Books, imprint of Adult SFF Publisher Angry Robot Books, released on October 1 in the USA and October 3 in the UK. 

“An excellent read. Unpredictable and enthralling with a death count that most YA Authors never reach in entire series, let alone one novel, Rosie Best makes a stunning arrival to the Urban Fantasy scene delivering a fantastic read that you shouldn’t pass up on.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond – Advance Review [Bane of Kings]

The Woken Gods

Milo, aka “Bane of Kings”, shares his thoughts on The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond, a Young Adult novel published by Strange Chemistry that hits shelves next month. (3 September – US / 5 September – UK)

“A great, fast paced and fun novel that puts a new spin on the “Gods Are Real” storyline that fans of the Percy Jackson series and other similar titles will love.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Playing Tyler by TL Costa – Advance Review [Bane of Kings]

Playing Tyler

Bane of Kings writes an Advance Review of TL Costa’s first Strange Chemistry (Angry Robot Imprint) novel, Playing Tyler, that asks the question: when is a game not a game? It’s released on 2 July 2013.

“Realistic and entertaining, Playing Tyler is a strong debut, reccommended for the right audience.” ~The Founding Fields

Strange Chemistry Double – Emilie & The Hollow World and The Holders [Shadowhawk]


Shadowhawk reviews two of Strange Chemistry’s latest young adult fantasy titles.

On Emilie & The Hollow World: “This is an action-adventure novel that is very reminiscent of Jules Verne’s classic, A Journey To The Center of The Earth. Hence, my conclusion is that the novel is a work of genius.

On The Holders: “An Irish fantasy that reads like an X-men novelisation. Which means of course that this was pretty damn good, no mistake.”