Review of Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri. ★★★1/2 TW: forced marriage, threat of sexual assault I have a complicated relationship with Empire of Sand. On one hand, it’s a very good book, maybe not quite on the level with N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, but it gives me similar vibes. On the other hand, Empire of Sand uses tropes that just…

Review of City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender

City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender. ★★★ This debut fantasy novel showed a lot of promise, but by the end, I was just skimming, trying to finish the book for a review. Laura is an apprentice Sweeper, a professional trained to deal with the magical infestations that threaten her world. Created as a weapon that then…

Review of Toxic by Lydia Kang

Toxic by Lydia Kang. ★★★ The ending of Toxic was more gripping than the beginning, but the story didn’t manage to really suck me in. Toxic is a YA science fiction novel following two teens aboard the dying biological space-habitat Cyclo. Hana was created in secret by her mother in violation of the community population laws and has never been…

Review of Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean. ★★★1/2 I have such mixed feelings about this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first 75%, which felt super full of tropes and not particularly original, but then the very end flipped the entire book on its head! Empress of All Seasons is centered around a competition, a familiar…

Review of Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. ★★★★ TW: sexual assault, violence Young adult fantasy meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this explosive new novel. Not only that, but did I mention that it’s queer? Lei is a human girl, the lowest caste in a kingdom ruled by demons. Years ago, her mother was stolen by the royal guards,…

Review of The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher

The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ It is absolutely crucial that you read Clockwork Boys before you read The Wonder Engine. T. Kingfisher (AKA Ursula Vernon) wrote what is essentially one novel chopped into two. If you come straight into The Wonder Engine, you’ll have no idea what’s going on. While I don’t think this review will have too many…

Review of Mutiny at Vesta by R.E. Stearns

Mutiny at Vesta by R.E. Stearns. ★★★1/2 Mutiny at Vesta is the sequel to Barbary Station, a sci-fi novel where badass lesbian space pirates fight a rogue AI. While you could theoretically read Mutiny at Vesta without having read Barbary Station first, I still suggest picking up Barbary Station. Also, there’s legit no way I can avoid spoilers for Barbary Station in this review. You have…

Review of In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard

In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard. ★★★★ I’ve been telling everyone I know about In the Vanishers’ Palace, a f/f retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”… with dragons! So get ready for a really excited review. Yên is a failed scholar in a harsh world. She and her mother are barely accepted in their village community for…

Author Interview: R.E. Stearns on Mutiny at Vesta

R.E. Stearn’s debut science fiction novel, Barbary Station, was a rollicking ride following space pirate girlfriends. Doesn’t that sound just like my kind of book? Anyway, when I heard there was a sequel, I knew that I a) wanted to read it, b) wanted to do an interview with R.E. Stearn. Lucky for me, she agreed, and…

Updated Review of Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang

Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang. ★★★★ This review is going to be a bit unusual. Mostly because I already reviewed this book back in 2015. Back then, S.L. Huang was self-publishing. Since then, she’s gotten picked up by Tor and Zero Sum Game is being rereleased!  I requested an ARC as I was curious what changes would be…