Review of After the Crown by K.B. Wagers

After the Crown by K.B. Wagers. ★★★ I had a lot of fun with the fist book in the series, Behind the Throne. By comparison, this second book felt like running head first into a brick wall. I lost all sense of fun I had from the first book and had to slog my way through. I spent…

Review of The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst. ★★★★ While you can theoretically read The Reluctant Queen as a stand alone, I suggest reading Queen of Blood first. Six months ago, Daleina became queen after all the other viable heirs were killed by the spirits. Now, she’s dying. A diagnosis of a fatal disease gives her three months to find an heir…

Review of The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle

The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle. ★★★★ What a delightful story! The village of Styesville believes that they’re in need of a knight to solve their dragon problem. But the solution to their problem arrives largely unnoticed: Dea, a faerie godmother’s apprentice drawn by the rumors of dragons. She soon realizes that there’s something more…

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 The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss. ★★★★ In The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss mixes together some popular literature of the 19th century (particularly science fiction and horror) with an emphasis on female characters. The story opens with Mary Jekyll burying her mother. Her mother’s death has left her penniless, and she…

Review of Wilders by Brenda Cooper

Wilders by Brenda Cooper. ★1/2 Trigger warning: suicide Reading Wilders was a struggle from the get go. It took me three weeks to finish. I haven’t had this much difficulty forcing myself to finish something since my senior English class read Faulkner. I may take Faulkner over Wilders. The future is divided between the cities and the unincorporated land outside them,…

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. ★★★★ Trigger warning: Sexual assault Parable of the Talents somehow manages to be even darker than the first book, Parable of the Sower. Of course, I knew it’d be dark. Octavia Butler’s work is always intense. But even prepared for it, Parable of the Talents was difficult to read in places. Like it’s predecessor, Parable…

Review of The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig. ★★★ This YA time traveling book is the sequel to The Girl from Everywhere, and I suggest the series be read in order. While I find the time traveling method quite novel, reading The Ship Beyond Time made me realize I wasn’t caring about the characters enough to want to continue with this series….

Review of The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★1/2 Catherynne Valente tackles gendered superhero tropes with this collection of six stories. The girls of the Hell Hath Club are dead, but they’ve found each other for company is the strange expanse of Deadtown. They gather together, drink Styx water, and commiserate about their lives and deaths. Superheroines,…

Review of Snake Eyes by Hilary Monahan

Snake Eyes by Hilary Monahan. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: Sexual assault, violence Snake Eyes is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. There’s no way I’m ever forgetting it. Tanis Barlas is the daughter of the Lamia, a monstrous snake woman from Greek mythology who cares little for her human daughters. Yet she retains a tight control over all…

Review of A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. ★★★1/2 This turned out to be one of those books that makes me wonder if I’m a shallow reader. How could I not have loved A Closed and Common Orbit? All of my book friends are raving about the humanity and loveliness of it, and I’m sitting here being like,…

Review of Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. ★★★★ I’ve heard a lot about Parable of the Sower. I only narrowly missed out on reading it in high school — the freshmen English teachers began teaching it when I was a sophomore. I’ve also heard people say that it’s eerily accurate to the United States after November 2016. I’ll…