Review of Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh. ★★★1/2 I’ve had a lot of bad luck with YA dystopia, but Rebel Seoul turned out to be a gem of the genre. In Neo Seoul, everyone is drafted into the military upon coming of age. Lee Jaewon’s escaped his past as a gang member in the slums of Old Seoul and now attends a…

Wyrd and Wonder: Review of Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. ★★★1/2 If every villain is the hero of his own story, is every hero the villain of someone else’s story? In Eli, Victor recognized a shared darkness. The college roommates started working together, researching into the origins of extraordinary abilities. A clear pattern emerges: supernatural abilities develop after near death experiences. From theory,…

Review of I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis. ★★ I requested this novella on Netgalley because of how much I’d enjoyed some of Connie Willis’s other work, namely To Say Nothing of the Dog and The Doomsday Book. That turned out to be a mistake. Jim is in New York to talk to publishers about a…

Review of The Heartreader’s Secret by Kate McIntyre

The Heartreader’s Secret by Kate McIntyre. ★★★★ The Heartreader’s Secret is the third in Kate McIntyre’s Faraday Files series, a queer fantasy mystery series. I do suggest reading the books in order, so starting with The Deathsniffer’s Assistant. I don’t think I can fully avoid spoilers for the previous two books in this review, so head on over to The…

Review of Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee. ★★★1/2 When Zeroboxer first came out, I passed on it because while it was a sci-fi book, it was also a sports story. And I’m really not into sports. Then, I read Fonda Lee’s Jade City and developed a burning need to read everything she’s ever written. Turns out, while I may not be into sports stories,…

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…