Review of Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman

Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman. ★★★★ Weaver’s Lament is the second installment in a series of novellas set in a fantastical alternate history, where magic meets Victorian England. If your not familiar with the series, the first book is Brother’s Ruin. I would suggest reading the series in order. When Charlotte receives a letter from her brother Ben begging…

Review of Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng. ★★★★1/2 Under the Pendulum Sun is a darkly enchanting, Gothic tale of the fae. In an alternate version of nineteenth century England, trade has been established with Arcadia, the realm of the fae. And among those heading to Arcadia are Christian missionaries, one of whom is Catherine Helston’s brother Laon. But as…

Review of Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey

Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey. ★★★★ Taste of Marrow is the sequel to Sarah Gailey’s gloriously hippo filled alternate history romp, River of Teeth. While Taste of Marrow has it’s own plot line, it builds on the back of the first novella, so I suggest you pick up River of Teeth before submerging yourself into this one. Also, spoilers for the first…

Review of Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone

Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone. ★★★★ Max Gladstone returns to the world of his Craft Sequence and especially the character of Kai, a protagonist in the prior novel Full Fathom Five. While there are references to the events of that novel, the plot stands on its own. I don’t know if it’s the first book I’d suggest…

Review of River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

River of Teeth by Sarah Gaiely. ★★★★ River of Teeth is more awesomeness than I thought could ever be packed into one novella. This little book is sheer fun! I’ve been wanting to read this novella ever since I saw Sarah Gailey’s tweets about the history behind it. Basically, in 1909, America was facing two problems: a meat…

Review of The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. ★★★1/2 While I found The Screaming Staircase a tad predictable, I enjoyed it nonetheless. For the last fifty years, England has been beset by a plague of supernatural spirits referred to as The Problem. Only children and teens are capable of seeing ghosts, so all agencies for dealing with hauntings rely on minors…

Review of The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun. ★★★1/2 The Root is an intriguing blend of urban and portal fantasy with a wonderfully diverse cast. Erik’s a former teen star living in San Francisco. He thought his life was complicated enough, but now he’s finding out that he’s Blooded – descended from gods and gifted with powers he doesn’t understand….

Review of The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver

The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver. ★★★1/2 In Chameleon Moon, RoAnna Sylver introduced the dystopic city of Patrol, who’s citizens lived a precarious life above eternally blazing fire, governed by the nefarious Eye in the Sky. Oh, and most of these citizens also had some form of superpower – the reason they were trapped within Patrol. In this…

Review of Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman

Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman. ★★★★ Brother’s Ruin is the first in a planned series of historical fantasy novellas. Charlotte Gunn is the daughter of a lower middle income family in 1850 England. Her father barely scrapes by as an illustrator, but Charlotte has her own secret artistic career that she’s using to help her older brother pay…

Review of Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. ★★★★ Certain Dark Things is a gritty, fresh take on vampires set in an alternate version of Mexico City. Domingo is a homeless seventeen year old who makes a living collecting garbage off the streets of Mexico City. But then he meets Atl, a young vampire on the run. Her clan of…

Review of Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage by Vic James. ★★★1/2 Gilded Cage is a compulsively readable YA fantasy dystopia. I’ll admit, I was wary of picking it up. I haven’t had the best experiences with the YA dystopian genre, and at this point it feels like there’s a certain sameness to most of the books. But when Imyril over at x +…

Review of Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver. ★★★★ I loved Chameleon Moon so much, and I think it would hold a strong appeal for fans of Welcome to Night Vale. Patrol is a true dystopian – a city where the sky is chocked with smoke and ash and the ground is just one step away from crumbling into the fires below….