Review of The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher

The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ It is absolutely crucial that you read Clockwork Boys before you read The Wonder Engine. T. Kingfisher (AKA Ursula Vernon) wrote what is essentially one novel chopped into two. If you come straight into The Wonder Engine, you’ll have no idea what’s going on. While I don’t think this review will have too many…

Review of In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard

In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard. ★★★★ I’ve been telling everyone I know about In the Vanishers’ Palace, a f/f retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”… with dragons! So get ready for a really excited review. Yên is a failed scholar in a harsh world. She and her mother are barely accepted in their village community for…

Review of Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher

Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ My brief, elevator pitch description of Clockwork Boys is “Dungeons and Dragons meets Suicide Squad, but written by the illustrious and talented Ursula Vernon.” Seriously, I had no idea what Clockwork Boys was about when I picked it up… all I knew was that it was by Ursula Vernon, and she’s literally never written a…

Review of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. ★★1/2 I have so little to say about The Hazel Wood. Largely, this review will come down to this comment, “All style, no substance.” Alice has spent most of her life traveling the road with her mother, driving out of town whenever bad luck hits. But after the death of her grandmother,…

Review of Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. ★★★★ Magic Triumphs is the last book in the Kate Daniels series, my all-time favorite urban fantasy series. What am I going to do without more Kate Daniels books to look forward to? As with any last book in a beloved series, reading Magic Triumphs was a bittersweet experience. In the prologue to Magic Triumphs,…

Review of The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark. ★★★★ What a great story! The Black God’s Drums is a steampunk novella following Creeper, a girl in the free and neutral city of New Orleans. She’s a street urchin living in a hidey-hole near the airfield, watching the airships come and go and dreaming of seeing the world. When…

Review of Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova. ★★★1/2 I didn’t enjoy this book as much as its predecessor, Labyrinth Lost, but that’s probably to be expected. Honestly, a large part of why I loved Labyrinth Lost so much was the same-sex love interest, and Bruja Born has a different protagonist. After the events of Labyrinth Lost, Lula Mortiz and her family have changed. She’s got…

Review of Temper by Nicky Drayden

Temper by Nicky Drayden. ★★★1/2 How do I even describe this book? It’s so strange, full of genre mixing and ideas, all stirred together into a wild ride. In the world of Temper, almost everyone is a twin. You’re either the “greater” twin or the “lesser” twin. You see, each twin is born with a mix of seven…

Throwback Thursday: Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear

Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear. ★★★★ This little novella is probably one of my favorite things Elizabeth Bear has ever written. Bijou the Artificer is a wizard of Messaline, and she has remained such for over eighty years. Now, near the end of her life when she only wants to create her fantastical metal animals in…

Review of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee. ★★★1/2 I kept hearing about this YA contemporary fantasy! By the time I picked it up, I’d completely forgotten what I’d heard, at least when it came to what the story was about. For all I knew, the main character was actually a genie! (Guess what: she’s not). So while…