Review of The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken

The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken ★★1/2 There are two things you should know about me: I love science fiction and fantasy novels… and I also adore heist stories. So stories that combine the two? I have a desperate desire for. That being said, The Quantum Magician should have been a slam dunk. A far-future sci-fi story about…

Review of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. ★★1/2 I have so little to say about The Hazel Wood. Largely, this review will come down to this comment, “All style, no substance.” Alice has spent most of her life traveling the road with her mother, driving out of town whenever bad luck hits. But after the death of her grandmother,…

Review of Daughters of a Forgotten Light by Sean Grigsby

Daughters of the Forgotten Light. ★★1/2 Do you ever read a book and feel like you might have liked the storyline better if it was written by someone else? That’s sort of what I felt about Daughters of Forgotten Light. In a future devastated by an unexpected ice age and constant war over resources, mothers have total…

Review of The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams

The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams. ★★1/2 Do you love action sequences? If so, then this is the book for you! The mysterious Pulse swept across the universe, infecting worlds with various levels of technology-killing radiation, putting some planets pre-spaceflight or even pre-electricity. But alongside the Pulse, something else happened… children started to be born with…

Lost Gods by Micah Yongo

Lost Gods by Micah Yongo. ★★1/2 I should have quit Lost Gods. I’ll admit that to myself. When you’re not enjoying a book, sometimes you just need to pony up and quit. But since I did end up making it all the way through Lost Gods, at least you’ll get this review. Neythan has been trained since childhood to…

Review of I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis. ★★ I requested this novella on Netgalley because of how much I’d enjoyed some of Connie Willis’s other work, namely To Say Nothing of the Dog and The Doomsday Book. That turned out to be a mistake. Jim is in New York to talk to publishers about a…

Review of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. ★★1/2 TW: attempted sexual assault Sometimes when I venture in YA fantasy, I find an amazing story. More likely, I end up being disappointed. Such as it was with The Belles. In the kingdom of Orléans, nothing is more important than beauty. But beauty isn’t something you’re born with — unless you’re a Belle….

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…

Throwback Thursday: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. ★★ Like The Golden Compass, I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as part of my job as a course tutor for a college first year seminar on gender and leadership in young adult fantasy. This context obviously effected my experience of the book and this resulting review….

Review of The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

The Blazing Star by Imani Josey. ★★ By the end, reading The Blazing Star was painful. If I weren’t intending to review this one, there is no way I would have finished. I was seriously considering quitting when I only had twenty percent of the book left. Portia White has always dwelt in the shadow of her genius twin…