Review of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. ★★★★ TW: physical abuse In short, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is the origin story of the evil Queen from “Snow White,” set in an East Asian inspired fantasy world. So if a YA fantasy with a complex anti-heroine at it’s center sounds like you’re sort of thing, then you…

Throwback Thursday: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. ★★★ Before anything else, I’ve got to talk about the context in which I read The Golden Compass. I’m course tutoring a first year seminar on gender and leadership in YA fantasy, and I completed all the assigned readings so I’d best be able to help the students with their papers….

Review of Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron

Sea of Strangers by Erica Cameron. ★★★ Sea of Strangers is the sequel to Erica Cameron’s YA, survival oriented fantasy Island of Exiles. This is a series you definitely need to read in order, so head on over to my review of Island of Exiles if you’re not familiar with it. While  Sea of Strangers had a bit of middle-of-the-trilogy slump, this is…

Review of Provenance By Ann Leckie

Provenance by Ann Leckie. ★★★1/2 Provenance is a new, stand alone novel set in the same world as the Imperial Radch trilogy, a stunning space opera story that begins with Ancillary Justice. However, you absolutely do not have need to have read the Imperial Radch trilogy. Provenance takes place on a new planet and has a new cast. Readers who found…

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 Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir. ★★★1/2 Confession: I didn’t finish The Martian. Look, I blame it on the audio book, okay? I might have done better if I’d read it as text. Anyway, the good news is that I got more enjoyment out of Andy Weir’s second novel, Artemis. Sure, it’s not without its flaws, but after a somewhat slow…

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 Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: Self harm The Murders of Molly Southbourne is a story that works perfectly for its novella length. Whenever Molly bleeds, a copy of herself is created. The Mollies may be friendly at first, but within a few days, they’ll inevitably turn vicious and try to kill the…

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 Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman

Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman. ★★★★ Weaver’s Lament is the second installment in a series of novellas set in a fantastical alternate history, where magic meets Victorian England. If your not familiar with the series, the first book is Brother’s Ruin. I would suggest reading the series in order. When Charlotte receives a letter from her brother Ben begging…

Review of A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell

A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell. ★★★1/2 A Long Day in Lychford is the third in Paul Cornell’s Witches of Lychford series, a group of novellas that center on three women in a small town in rural England’s Cotswalds. Although each novella has its own plot line, I suggest reading them in order due to the…

Review of The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: sexual harassment, physical and emotional abuse The Last Namsara is a well written YA fantasy debut. Although I found the romance subplot problematic, I would guess that this book will be a big hit. Asha is the Iskari, the feared weapon and dragon slayer of her father the king….