Throwback Thursday: Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff

Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff. ★★★1/2 Sing the Four Quarters is one of those books that I enjoyed reading but probably wouldn’t read again. If you’re looking for a warm, character driven fantasy story with a queer lead, you may very well want to read this one. Annice is a bard, able to work magic by…

Review of Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. ★★★★ TW: child death Trail of Lightning is perhaps the most anticipated urban fantasy release of the summer, and I’m here to say that it doesn’t disappoint. When climate change caused the oceans to rise faster than anyone expected, Dinétah (once the Navajo reservation) was reborn. It’s gods walked back into the world, but…

Review of Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport

Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport. ★★★★ I really loved this book! It was just so much fun. My biggest problem is that so few people have read it! So go out and get yourself a copy immediately. Oichi’s parents are rebels. At an early age, they provide her with illegal, implanted technology that lets her access all…

Review of Before Mars by Emma Newman

Before Mars by Emma Newman. ★★★★ While Before Mars is the third book in Emma Newman’s Planetfall series, it has a completely new protagonist and functions as a stand alone. You don’t need to have read the prior two novels, but if you’re interested, they’re Planetfall and After Atlas. Anna Kubrin is a geologist, but that’s not why she’s sent to Mars;…

Review of The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy. ★★★1/2 I have continued to enjoy the offerings from the Tor.com novella line! Danielle Cain is a young, queer, punk who’s spent the last decade hitch hiking across America. When her best friend kills himself, she ventures to the squatter town of Freedom, Iowa, her friend’s last location…

Review of Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire. ★★★ Seanan McGuire’s books have always been a hit or miss for me, and Sparrow Hill Road is a miss. In 1952, Rose Marshall was run off the road and killed by the immortal Bobby Cross. Ever since, Rose has been a ghost, hitchhiking her way across America. It’s been over sixty years,…

Review of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. ★★★★1/2 At the battle of Gettysburg, the dead began to walk, changing history forever. Jane McKeene was born only a few days after that historic event, and she has never known a world where humanity isn’t threatened by the ravenous hunger of their own dead. Under the Native and Negro Reeducation Act, Jane and other…

Review of The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst

The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst. ★★★1/2 The Queen of Sorrow is the final book in Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy, which you should really read in order. If you’re not familiar with the books, they’re fantasy where humans struggle to survive in a world dominated by cruel and capricious nature spirits. The characters are adults…

Review of The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. ★★★★★ TW: self harm, sexual violence, war crimes I loved this book. I cannot get over how amazing it is. The best comparison I can think of is N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, which really says something, doesn’t it? Rin is an orphaned peasant girl in the backwater Rooster Province, but despite all…

Throwback Thursday: Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Serpentine by Cindy Pon. ★★★ I was not a fan of Cindy Pon’s debut book, Silver Phoenix, but I also figured, “It’s a debut book, and her writing will probably improve over time.” With that in mind, I finally checked out Serpentine from the library. And guess what? I liked it better than Silver Phoenix! Skybright is sixteen-years-old and handmaiden…

Review of The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath

The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath. ★★★ While I ultimately wished for more from The Sisters Mederos, the strong pacing did keep me entertained. Yvienne and Tesara Mederos are the daughters of a fallen merchant house. Their family was once one of the wealthiest and most prominent in Port Saint Frey, but after an uninsured ship is lost at…