Review of Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. ★★★1/2 TW: Attempted suicide I don’t know quite what to think of Middlegame. I read the first 60% or so in one huge burst… but then it took me forever to finish the last part of the book. An alchemist named Reed has a plan to rule the world. All he has to do…

Review of Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey

Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey. ★★★★★ Tiamat’s Wrath destroyed me. How the heck am I supposed to review it? And without spoilers??? It’s a nigh impossible task, but I’ll give it my best go. Before diving into the nitty-gritty, I need to note that Tiamat’s Wrath is book eight in a nine book series. YOU MUST READ THE…

Review of The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson

The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson. ★★★★ TW: sexual assault (in a flashback) How do I even describe this book? Let’s start with the basics. The Rosewater Insurrection is the sequel to Tade Thompson’s astounding “aliens invade Nigeria” novel, Rosewater. If you haven’t read Rosewater, you need to get on that ASAP! And I would highly recommend reading Rosewater before you read The…

Review of Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty. ★★★★ The Kingdom of Copper is an amazing follow-up to Chakraborty’s debut novel, The City of Brass. In fact, I may have loved it even more than the first book! If you haven’t read The City of Brass, please do so before reading The Kingdom of Copper. The rest of this review will…

Review of The Girl King by Mimi Yu

The Girl King by Mimi Yu. ★★★ 1/2 TW: Sexual assault The Girl King is the start of a new YA epic fantasy series where two sisters are rivals for the throne of an empire. Lu has spent her entire life preparing to become the first female emperor, the Girl King. Her sister Min lives a quieter…

Review of Swordheart by T. Kingfisher

Swordheart by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ I can’t remember the last time I laughed this much while reading a book. Swordheart is a romantic fantasy novel that’s brimming with humor. Everything Ursula Vernon writes is delightful, and I will continue to eagerly rush to read anything by her. However, my enjoyment of Swordheart is tampered by displeasure at some issues with…

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…