January 2018 Recap

Hello dear readers. This month has been scaled back, but I think I’ve managed to keep up a fairly reasonable rate of reviews. I do seem to have less time in general for reading and reviewing, even though I ended up dropping a class (taking 22 credit hours was a horrible decision). Anyway, let’s get on with…

Review of Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells

Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells. ★★★★ I really loved Alex Well’s space punk, biker, science fantasy novel Hunger Makes the Wolf. It was truly one of a kind, involving so many different elements yet forming a seamless whole. I’m happy to say that Blood Binds the Pack is a fitting sequel. Note before I dive into the review…

Review of Moonshine by Jasmine Gower

Moonshine by Jasmine Gower. ★★1/2 Moonshine is a debut fantasy novel inspired by the roaring twenties. Daisy wants to be the perfect embodiment of the Modern Girl, stylish and independent. However, she also uses arcana — and magic is outlawed in Soot City. When mercenaries start targeting magicians, Daisy will find herself right in the middle of the…

Persepolis Rising Read Along Part Two

Hello everyone! I’m participating in a read along of James S.A. Corey’s Persepolis Rising, the seventh book in the Expanse series. However, I’m running behind a bit, so don’t count on consistent posting. If you want to join in (there’s still time!), visit the Goodreads group. Be forewarned — spoilers await below the cut. This week covers…

Throwback Thursday: Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter

Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter. ★★★★1/2 When I read the brilliant novella Of Sorrow and Such, I vowed to read more by Angela Slatter. Well, I’ve fulfilled that vow, and Sourdough and Other Stories turned out to be even better than Of Sorrow and Such. This collection of interlocking short stories is a gorgeously crafted, feminist master piece that would…

Review of The Tree by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

The Tree by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun. ★★★1/2 The Tree is the sequel to urban fantasy/portal fantasy hybrid novel, The Root. Like a lot of series, this one needs to be read in order! Trust me, you’ll be so confused otherwise. Earth is at war, but most of humanity doesn’t know it yet. Demonic beings from an alternate dimension, Corpiliu, have…

Review of The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang

The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang. ★★★★ When I read The Red Threads of Fortune, I was blown away by the intricacy of this fantasy novella. The Black Tides of Heaven was released at the same time, and both novellas stand alone. That said, The Black Tides of Heaven takes place before The Red Threads of Fortune. The story starts out…

Persepolis Rising Read Along Part 1

Hello everyone! I’m participating in a read along of James S.A. Corey’s Persepolis Rising, the seventh book in the Expanse series. However, I’m running behind a bit, so don’t count on consistent posting. If you want to join in (there’s still time!), visit the Goodreads group. Be forewarned — spoilers await below the cut. This week…

Throwback Thursday: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. ★★★ Scalzi’s books can be hit or miss for me, but at least I always find them to be fairly entertaining. On his 75th birthday, John Perry visits his wife’s grave. Then, he signs up to join the Colonial Defense Force, the military branch that protects all of human space from…

Review of No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished solidifies my love for this urban fantasy series. I went out and got the fourth book practically as soon as I finished. This book is the third installment in the series (go to Nice Dragons Finish Last if you’re just starting), and it’s a series you really…

Review of The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. ★★★1/2 This YA dystopia is pretty different from the rest of its subgenre, in a good way. Frenchie is on the run. His parents and brother have already been taken, grabbed by government agents, shoved in a white van, and driven off to the schools. After years of ecological devastation, a…

Review of Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey

Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey. ★★★★ While it doesn’t match the intensity of Nemesis Games, Babylon’s Ashes is another solid entry into the Expanse series. If you’re unfamiliar with the Expanse, it’s a space opera where humanity has colonized Mars and the asteroid belt. Political intrigue, war, and some extraterrestrial discoveries make this a very exciting series. I’ve been…