Review of Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman. ★★★1/2 TW: physical and emotional abuse In this utopia future, humans have defeated death. We are immortal, never to die by natural causes… except, humans still need some death. Enter the scythes, professionals whose task it is to provide death where nature cannot. It’s quite a concept, and Neal Shusterman milks it…

Breaking the Bubble: Non-SFF Reading in April 2019

Breaking the Bubble is a monthly feature where I do mini-reviews for books outside my usual sphere of science fiction and fantasy. April turned out to be a bit of a theme, with me reading two realistic fiction books revolving around feminist themes.

Review of Atlas Alone by Emma Newman

Atlas Alone by Emma Newman. ★★★ I ultimately found Atlas Alone to be disappointing. Part of this is that the previous three books have set a high bar, the other part is that I wasn’t happy with the novel’s asexual representation. The majority of this review is devoted to Atlas Alone‘s depiction of asexuality. Atlas Alone is the fourth novel…

Review of Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. ★★★1/2 TW: Attempted suicide I don’t know quite what to think of Middlegame. I read the first 60% or so in one huge burst… but then it took me forever to finish the last part of the book. An alchemist named Reed has a plan to rule the world. All he has to do…

Review of The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones

The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones. ★★★★ Are you interested in a historical fantasy lesbian romance? Then you should read Heather Rose Jone’s Alpennia series, which starts with Daughter of Mystery. The Mystic Marriage is the second installment in the series and introduces two new women as a new romantic plotline. I suggest reading Daughter of Mystery first, as both The…

Review of Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld. ★★★1/2 I grew up reading Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies trilogy. Legit, I was in 5th grade when I first read the books! They were a substantial part of my childhood, so when I heard that Westerfeld was releasing a new YA novel set in the same universe, I had to read it. Frey lives a…

Review of Exo by Fonda Lee

Exo by Fonda Lee. ★★★★ Exo is possibly the best young adult dystopian novel I’ve ever read. Exo takes place after Earth has been successfully conquered by an alien species, the zhree, who have turned it into one of their colony planets. On the surface of it, Exo is very similar to loads of other YA dystopian novels. You’ve got…

Review of Finder by Suzanne Palmer

Finder by Suzanne Palmer. ★★★★ TW: Suicide A Scottish, interstellar repo man encounters mysterious alien spaceships, Martian weapons dealers, a family of near identical women and more in this wonderful debut from the Hugo-Award-winning Suzanne Palmer. Fergus Ferguson is a finder, sent to retrieve stolen items. His latest job? Steal back the spaceship Venetia’s Sword from ganglord Arum…

Review of Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. ★★★★ TW: Parental death My main impression of Descendant of the Crane was of a very solid YA fantasy debut that was enjoyable if not incredible… and then the plot twists hit and I was like “WOAH.” I am 100% planning on reading the sequel! When Princess Hesina of Yan finds…

Review of The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling. ★★★★ When I was reading this, I was seriously thinking that it feels like a (100% queerer) version of Annhilation crossed with something like Sandra Bullock’s Gravity… and then I saw that was the official comp! So I apparently wasn’t alone in thinking that. I’d heard a lot of positive buzz about The Luminous…