Review of Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao. ★★★1/2 Unfortunately, I just didn’t like this as much as the first book, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. What I really loved about Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was the anti-heroic female lead, Xifeng. I love me a good anti-heroine, and Xifeng more than scratched that itch. But Kingdom of the…

Waiting on Wednesday: This Is How You Lose the Time War

Hello everyone! I’ve been feeling like two posts a week isn’t enough, so I’m going to try joining in on the “Waiting on Wednesday” weekly meme, where I post about an upcoming book that excites me. “Waiting on Wednesday” is currently hosted by the blog Wishful Endings.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. ★★★1/2 TW: forced marriage, threat of sexual violence, parental abuse I know everyone loves this novel, just like everyone loves Uprooted. Meanwhile, I had a very conflicted relationship with Uprooted. While I liked most things about it, I cannot emphasize enough how much I abhorred the borderline-abusive romance subplot. And when others told…

Review of How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin. ★★★★ Like almost everyone else, I was blown away by N.K. Jemisin’s award-winning novel, The Fifth Season. When I heard she had this collection of twenty-two short stories coming out, I knew I needed to read it. As with every short story collection, I enjoyed some stories more…

Review of Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)

Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) edited by Catherine Lundoff. ★★★ Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) is a speculative fiction anthology about pirates. Many of the stories veer towards fantasy, but others are solidly science fiction, involving aliens or piracy between dimensions. While the anthology isn’t explicitly LGBTQ, many of the stories…

Review of In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire. ★★★1/2 In an Absent Dream is the fourth novella in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, portal fantasies about children who find doorways to other worlds. While it is the fourth in the series, In an Absent Dream works as a stand-alone and has a mostly-new cast. If you want, you can…

2018 Reading Overview and Statistics

Every New Year’s, I write a blog post analyzing my reading data from the previous year and reflecting on my yearly reading goals, while also setting new goals for the upcoming year. For the 2018 reflection, I’ve decided to level up this post by adding in charts made with Microsoft Word!

December 2018 Monthly Recap

Hello everyone! I feel like I’ve spent the last four months starting these recap posts by talking about how busy I am. Well, that hasn’t changed! And if anything, the spring is going to be even more intense. I’m going to be a full-time student and working both as a writing tutor at my college…

Review of The Girl King by Mimi Yu

The Girl King by Mimi Yu. ★★★ 1/2 TW: Sexual assault The Girl King is the start of a new YA epic fantasy series where two sisters are rivals for the throne of an empire. Lu has spent her entire life preparing to become the first female emperor, the Girl King. Her sister Min lives a quieter…

Favorite 2018 SFF Releases

It’s finally here! My list of the best science fiction and fantasy releases of 2018. Yes, I know 2018 isn’t over. But really, I’m not likely to fit any more books in, so why not get ahead of the game with a list of my absolute favorite new releases?