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…

Review of Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey. ★★1/2 Going into Guardians of the Dead, I had only vague ideas of what it was about. I knew that it was set in New Zealand, involved Māori mythology, contained an asexual side character and appeared on many asexual representation lists. The last two are largely why I picked up the book….

Review of The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. ★★1/2 Trigger warning – rape The Bear and the Nightingale is one of those books that everyone seems to love… except me. Vasya’s grandmother was a wild woman with strange powers, and Vasya has inherited some of her ability. She can see and speak to the spirits of the hearth…

Review of Grudgebearer by J.F. Lewis

Grudgebearer by J.F. Lewis. ★★ Grudgebearer is the start to an epic fantasy trilogy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to my tastes. If I weren’t reading it for review, I wouldn’t have finished. Grudgebearer is set in a world with a wide array of species, some of whom are immortal. Kholster is the first of the immortal Aern, a wolf-like, carnivorous…

Review of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. ★★1/2 Throne of Glass is a YA fantasy that felt like a compilation of YA tropes I’m not fond of. The heroine, Celaena Sardothien, is the best assassin in the world at the age of eighteen. She’s spent the last year in a prison camp but is offered the chance at freedom…