Review of Like a Boss by Adam Rakunas

Like a Boss by Adam Rakunas. ★★★1/2 Like a Boss is the sequel to Adam Rakunas’s rousing sci-fi novel, Windswept. I’m not sure if I enjoyed it quite as much as the first book, but it was a good companion when I was sick in bed with a cold. Former Union organizer Padma Mehta has finally achieved her dream:…

Review of Dissension by Stacey Berg

Dissension by Stacey Berg. ★★★★ I first heard of Dissension while sitting at home on the couch, next to my mother who was reading a magazine put out by the Houston medical center. She made a noise, and when I asked her what it was, she passed me the magazine, open to an article about a local doctor…

Review of The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang

The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang. ★★★★1/2 TW: suicide ideation I loved this little novella. It’s got awesome things like giant raptors and flying nagas, but the real reason I love this story is the deep emotional heart of the protagonist overcoming her grief and choosing to live after the death of her daughter. I…

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 The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova. ★★★1/2 I have no idea why I didn’t like The Alchemists of Loom more. It has a lot of the elements I want out of a book… but for whatever reason, it just never landed. Once Loom was a free world, but then it was conquered by the Dragons in the world…

Review of Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells. ★★★★ I’m not sure how I found this book, but I’m so glad that I did. It’s a kick ass science fiction story with a great world and two female leads who are both strong in their own way. Tanegawa’s World is a company planet, controlled by TransRifts Inc, which has…

Review of Black Wolves by Kate Elliot

Black Wolves by Kate Elliott. ★★★★ Trigger Warning: Rape This may be my favorite read yet from Kate Elliott, and I have the feeling that this trilogy will become one of my all time epic fantasy series. If non-Western epic fantasy with loads of ladies who do things sounds like something you’d like, then you need to…

Review of Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker. ★★★★ Phantom Pains is the sequel to Mishell Baker’s phenomenal debut, Borderline, which dealt with issues of disability and mental health as well as being a really fun urban fantasy novel. While it would be possible to read Phantom Pains on its own, I recommend reading the books in order. Spoilers for Borderline will be included in the…

Review of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. ★★★★ Edit: I just read the sequel. It added romance. After I spent my entire review praising this book for not having romance. And yes, I’m super salty about it. This Savage Song is a YA fantasy novel that I had serious trouble putting down. Also relevant? There’s a male narrator and…

Review of Windswept by Adam Rakunas

Windswept by Adam Rakunas. ★★★★ This science fiction thriller was a true delight! It was fun, fast paced, and I adored the heroine. Padma Mehta’s a crotchety union rep dreaming of retirement and her plans to buy a distillery. But for her dreams to come true, she needs to get thirty-three more people for her head count….

Review of A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows

A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows. ★★★★ A Tyranny of Queens is the sequel to the portal fantasy novel, An Accident of Stars, and I’m happy to report that I liked it even more than the first book! If queer feminist fantasy sounds at all your thing, I suggest you start reading this series. This is a series…

Review of The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ This wonderfully written YA fantasy novel would appeal to fans of Robin McKinley’s fairy tale works. Rhea’s life takes an unexpected turn when a local lord requests her hand in marriage. She doesn’t want to get married, much less to a stranger who’s as old as her father, but when…