Review of Toxic by Lydia Kang

Toxic by Lydia Kang. ★★★ The ending of Toxic was more gripping than the beginning, but the story didn’t manage to really suck me in. Toxic is a YA science fiction novel following two teens aboard the dying biological space-habitat Cyclo. Hana was created in secret by her mother in violation of the community population laws and has never been…

Review of The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher

The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ It is absolutely crucial that you read Clockwork Boys before you read The Wonder Engine. T. Kingfisher (AKA Ursula Vernon) wrote what is essentially one novel chopped into two. If you come straight into The Wonder Engine, you’ll have no idea what’s going on. While I don’t think this review will have too many…

Review of Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher

Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ My brief, elevator pitch description of Clockwork Boys is “Dungeons and Dragons meets Suicide Squad, but written by the illustrious and talented Ursula Vernon.” Seriously, I had no idea what Clockwork Boys was about when I picked it up… all I knew was that it was by Ursula Vernon, and she’s literally never written a…

Review of Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. ★★★★ I think Record of a Spaceborn Few is my favorite story yet from Becky Chambers. Although set in the same universe as her novels A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit, Record of a Spaceborn Few is an independent story with its own setting and cast. When Earth…

Review of Born to the Blade Season One

Born to the Blade by Michael R. Underwood, Marie Brennan, Malka Older, Cassandra Khaw. ★★★★ Born to the Blade is a political fantasy way up high in the sky, where humanity lives on floating islands and casts magic by inscribing signals with swords. Born to the Blade is also a serial story produced by Serial Box, which specializes…

Review of City of Lies by Sam Hawke

City of Lies by Sam Hawke. ★★★★ City of Lies will likely be one of my top debut novels of 2018. It’s an incredibly well written fantasy novel that has everything I love about fantasy and also feels like a breath of fresh air. The comparisons to Robin Hobb and Naomi Novik are not off base… but I…

Review of Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee. ★★★★ What am I going to do with my life now that this series is over? I suppose I’m left with no choice but to read everything else Yoon Ha Lee ever writes. Revenant Gun is the third and final book in Lee’s  military space opera, The Machineries of Empire trilogy. I…

Wyrd and Wonder: Review of Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly

Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly. ★★★★ In this stunning sequel, Lara Elena Donnelly returns to the shadowy world of her debut novel Amberlough. Be forewarned, I can’t entirely avoid spoilers for Amberlough. Armistice takes place three years after Amberlough, when the Ospies (a fascist regime) have succeeded in taking over Gedda. Armistice follows three expats from Gedda in a nearby country, Porachis: Aristide, Cordelia,…

Review of Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller. ★★★★ Blackfish City is an incredibly immersive science fiction novel that’s likely to be one of my favorite books of 2018. In an ecologically devastated future, floating cities are created to house refugees from flooded nations. One such city is Qaanaaq, situated near the Arctic Circle. The city is governed mainly by various…

Review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. ★★★1/2 The night of the Raid, magic disappeared and the king took the chance to kill all mages, including Zélie Adebola’s mother. Zélie and other diviners (mage-born children who’s magic has not woken) were left orphaned and brutally oppressed. Any diviner who cannot pay the ever increasing diviner specific taxes…