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….

Review of Dreadnought by April Daniels

Dreadnought by April Daniels. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: Transphobia, emotional abuse Dreadnought is an #OwnVoices YA superhero novel about a  young lesbian trans girl. Fifteen-year old Danny Tozer is secretly painting her toenails behind the mall when two meta-humans get in a fight right in front of her. Thus she’s the only person around when Dreadnought, the greatest superhero of them…

Review of One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ I am loving this series so much, and it’s threatening to become on of my all time favorite urban fantasy series. It’s just so much fun! Plus, I love the world and characters. Rachel Aaron is doing truly wonderful work with this series. One Good Dragon Deserves Another is…

Review of Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ This urban fantasy novel was incredibly fun! Julius is an unusual dragon. For one thing, he’s not ambitious or obsessed with destroying his enemies. He tends to spend most of the time avoiding the larger dragons in his family, until his mother grows tired of him lurking in his…

Review of Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen

Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen. ★★★1/2 Conspiracy of Ravens is the sequel to Lila Bowen’s weird Western fantasy novel, Wake of Vultures. While I would suggest reading the books in order, the plots are such that you could feasibly get away with reading Conspiracy of Ravens first. However, you would be missing out on the ongoing character arcs. This review will…