Review of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. ★★★★★ Sometimes I read a book that I have no idea how to review. A book that’s so remarkable, so moving and affecting, that anything I have to say will feel hollow by comparison. But I’m going to give this a go anyway. Most of what I review is either…

Review of The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg. ★★★★★ In The One Hundred Nights of Hero, Isabel Greenberg returns to the fantastical universe she created in her first graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth. However, The One Hundred Nights of Hero involves all new characters and stands completely alone. The two graphic novels can be read in any order….

Review of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Paudua

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua. ★★★★★ The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is an absolutely delightful graphic novel that contains a wealth of historical information regarding Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, and the history of computing while at the same time being relentlessly entertaining. The book begins with a brief history of…

Review of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. ★★★★★ Every Heart a Doorway is an elegant novella about what happens to children who go to magical worlds but then wind up back in this world, longing for the magical home they’ve lost. A woman named Eleanor West runs a school for the stranded teenagers, where at least they can be…

Review of The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford. ★★★★★ A section from the ancient text The Secret History of the Mongols was cut away by censors, leaving only these words of Genghis Khan: “Let us reward our female offspring.” In The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, Jack Weatherford…

Review of Warchild by Karin Lowachee

Warchild by Karin Lowachee. ★★★★★ Trigger warning for rape and child abuse Warchild was an absolutely brutal book. When you look at the thematic material – the effects of war on children’s psychology – it’s no wonder. Warchild takes place against the background of war between humans and aliens and some humans who sympathize with them. Yet, Warchild is an intensely…

Review of The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg. ★★★★★ The Encyclopedia of Early Earth is a graphic novel about the power and beauty of storytelling. The book opens with a man from the Nords (the North Pole) falling in love with a woman from the South Pole. Due to fantastical magnetic reasons, they cannot touch each other, yet…

Review of Wizards at War by Diane Duane

Wizards at War by Diane Duane. ★★★★★ Wow, this book was intense. Remember how I complained that in the seventh book of The Young Wizard series the plot took forever to take off? The eighth book pulls no punches, and the tension’s there from the very first chapter. You definitely need to have read the prior books…

Review of The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane

The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane. ★★★★★ To what lengths would you go to save someone you love? I cried while I read this book. Actually, just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. The Wizard’s Dilemma is a book with a lot of emotional difficulty to it, but that’s part of what makes it so powerful. The…

Review of Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. ★★★★★ Through the Woods is a hauntingly beautiful collection of five short stories told through Emily Carroll’s stunning artwork. I borrowed a copy from a friend, but this is the sort of book that I desperately want to go out and get my own copy of so that I can cherish it…

Review of I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book following Tiffany Aching, a young witch. While the plot of I Shall Wear Midnight is completely separate, I would suggest reading the earlier books, which start with The Wee Free Men, so you can see how Tiffany ages over the course of the series (so…

Review of In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente

In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★★★ In the Cities of Coin and Spice is the sequel to In the Night Garden, which you really must read first. In fact, I think they’re more of one book split into two parts than sequels. I’d definitely recommend reading them close together – I was wishing…