Review of Bookburners: “Into the Woods” by Andrea Phillips

Bookburners: “Into the Woods” by Andrea Phillips. Season Three: Episode 10. This latest installment of the urban fantasy serial Bookburners has some serious fairy tale vibes, and I’m loving it. Two children run away from their stepmother and into the woods. Soon they stumble upon a trail of candy and follow it into a house… and…

Review of An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. ★★★1/2 An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson is a well written YA fantasy debut, even if it does follow some familiar patterns. Additionally, I predict that this story will appeal to fans of Holly Black. The fae cannot create themselves, so they love mortals’ crafts. The rising star of mortal…

Throwback Thursday: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip. ★★★★ Trigger warning: attempted rape This fantasy novel is beautiful and lyrical, a classic reminiscent of The Last Unicorn. One thing’s for certain: I need to read more books by Patricia A. McKillip. Sybel has spent her entire life on Eld mountain, mostly in solitude except for the marvelous…

Review of Bookburners: “Homecoming” by Brian Francis Slattery

  Bookburners: “Homecoming by Brian Francis Slattery. Season Three: Episode 9. This episode manages to combine some character development for Menchú with some serious plot development. Team Three has been planning. Almost every incident with Hannah has involved her using a really old magical item. So why not look into old magic to figure out where…

Review of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. ★★1/2 This debut YA science fiction novel felt like a bunch of other YA science fiction novels all shoved in a blender. Particularly The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game. Emmett Atwater is one of ten teenagers recruited by the Babel Corporation to sent aboard a spaceship to an alien planet, where he will mine a new…

Review of Bookburners: “Making Amends” by Mur Lafferty

Bookburners: “Making Amends” by Mur Lafferty. Season Three: Episode 8. Well, this episode was full of surprises. Liam, who’s still recovering from demonic possession, decides that he needs to apologize to the people he’s harmed. Mostly, this involves his ex-girlfriends. As backup, Menchú suggests that Sal and Grace go along with him. More time for team…

Review of Bookburners: “Cracks in the World” by Margaret Dunlap

Bookburners: “Cracks in the World” by Margaret Dunlap. Season Three: Episode 7. After last week’s episode, “Cracks in the World” can’t really compare. Also I’m still struggling with how to talk about Bookburners without spoilers. Let’s just say that Tom has resurfaced again and that Team Three has headed to Seattle to reclaim something he has in his…

Review of Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett.  ★★★1/2 Even the Darkest Star is a debut fantasy YA novel that takes place in a setting inspired by the Himalayan mountains with a mountain climbing heroine. While it suffers from some predictable YA tropes (think love triangles), I think there’s a lot of people who would enjoy it. Kamzin’s mother…

Review of Bookburners: Oracle Bones by Max Gladstone

Bookburners: “Oracle Bones” by Max Gladstone. Season Three: Episode 6. I really loved this episode. How could I not? It focused on two of my favorite characters, Grace and Menchú. Grace and Menchú have been asked to return to China by the mysterious branch of the Chinese government that deals with magic. They’ve found an ancient building…

Review of Bookburners: “Time Capsule” by Mur Lafferty

Bookburners: “Time Capsule” by Mur Lafferty. Season Three: Episode 5. This week’s Bookburners was a lot of fun! First off, the Orb is pulsing. There’s not a current magical threat, but something is coming. And Menchú thinks he knows who is behind it all… Meanwhile, Sal’s got a problem of her own. Her parents are visiting Rome. She…

Review of The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember. ★★★ I wanted to read The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, so when I saw she had another book on Netgalley, I went and requested it. Lesson learned: when you want to read one book by an author, don’t pick up a completely different book instead. You’d think this would be obvious, but…

Review of Bookburners: “All in a Day’s Work” by Brian Frances Slattery

Bookburners: “All in a Day’s Work” by Brian Francis Slattery. Season Three: Episode 4. It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to avoid some spoilers for season two and some prior episodes. Just read with caution, all right? Ashanti’s decided to test the limits in this newest episode of Bookburners, the serialized urban fantasy series…