Review of The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang

The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang. ★★★★ When I read The Red Threads of Fortune, I was blown away by the intricacy of this fantasy novella. The Black Tides of Heaven was released at the same time, and both novellas stand alone. That said, The Black Tides of Heaven takes place before The Red Threads of Fortune. The story starts out…

Throwback Thursday: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. ★★★ Scalzi’s books can be hit or miss for me, but at least I always find them to be fairly entertaining. On his 75th birthday, John Perry visits his wife’s grave. Then, he signs up to join the Colonial Defense Force, the military branch that protects all of human space from…

Review of The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. ★★★1/2 This YA dystopia is pretty different from the rest of its subgenre, in a good way. Frenchie is on the run. His parents and brother have already been taken, grabbed by government agents, shoved in a white van, and driven off to the schools. After years of ecological devastation, a…

Review of Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus

Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus. ★★★1/2 Buffalo Soldier is a steampunk style novella that had a fun world but might have benefited from more focus on plot and characters. Former secret agent Desmond Coke is on the run from his own government, who are hunting him after he rescued a boy, Lij Tafari, they were keeping and using for their…

Throwback Thursday: The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. ★★★1/2 When I was growing up, everyone told me that I had to read Harry Potter. Being a stubborn child, I naturally resisted, until my sister’s copy was the only thing left to read on a family vacation. Turns out there was a reason everyone was telling me to read…

Throwback Thursday: Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane

Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane. ★★★ Diana Duane’s written some of my favorite stories, but even though she’s got her hits, Omnitopia Dawn also shows she’s got some misses. Essentially, Omnitopia Dawn is the story of feuding CEOs. Dev Logan used to run a company with his friend Phil. But after a bitter argument, Dev left the company and the two…

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 Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. ★★★1/2 At last, the fifth book in The Queen’s Thief series! While this book can theoretically be read independently, the previous books are good too so why not start with them? The series starts with The Thief, but the second book, The Queen of Attolia, remains my favorite. After the debacle in…

Review of Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. ★★★1/2 Leviathan Wakes had been languishing on my TBR pile for at least a year before I picked it up for a read along. And I’m glad I finally got to it. While it has room to be improved, Leviathan Wakes is a darn good, rollicking science fiction story. Several hundred years in the…

Review of Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★ Looking back at my review of the first novella, Legion, I’m not really sure why I chose to read Legion: Skin Deep. Possibly I hoped it would improve? More likely, I just forgot that I wasn’t super thrilled with Legion and plunged head first into this one willy nilly. Technically, you don’t need to…

Review of Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★ Snapshot is novella from one of my favorite authors, Brandon Sanderson. However, it’s not a story I’ll ever return to. In Snapshot, the police force of an independent city have access to an advanced technology that can recreate an entire day of the recent past. Buildings, streets, food, and even people. A specialized team…

Review of The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi. ★★★1/2 The Dispatchers is a sci-fi novella based around a single concept: what if anyone who was murdered just… came back? Right in their own home, naked as the day they were born. How would society change as a result? Tony Valdez is a dispatcher, a professional with the license to murder. He…