Review of Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker. ★★★★ Phantom Pains is the sequel to Mishell Baker’s phenomenal debut, Borderline, which dealt with issues of disability and mental health as well as being a really fun urban fantasy novel. While it would be possible to read Phantom Pains on its own, I recommend reading the books in order. Spoilers for Borderline will be included in the…

Review of A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows

A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows. ★★★★ A Tyranny of Queens is the sequel to the portal fantasy novel, An Accident of Stars, and I’m happy to report that I liked it even more than the first book! If queer feminist fantasy sounds at all your thing, I suggest you start reading this series. This is a series…

Review of This Other World by A.C. Buchanan

This Other World by A.C. Buchanan. ★★★★ What a lovely science fiction novella! It’s a quiet story, and a short read (I read it in under an hour). Because of that, this review will be a bit shorter than normal. Vonika’s an autistic engineer who chose to immigrate to an alien planet. She has built a career…

Review of The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver

The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver. ★★★1/2 In Chameleon Moon, RoAnna Sylver introduced the dystopic city of Patrol, who’s citizens lived a precarious life above eternally blazing fire, governed by the nefarious Eye in the Sky. Oh, and most of these citizens also had some form of superpower – the reason they were trapped within Patrol. In this…

Review of Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver. ★★★★ I loved Chameleon Moon so much, and I think it would hold a strong appeal for fans of Welcome to Night Vale. Patrol is a true dystopian – a city where the sky is chocked with smoke and ash and the ground is just one step away from crumbling into the fires below….

Review of After Atlas by Emma Newman

After Atlas by Emma Newman. ★★★★ After Atlas is a novel set in the same universe as Newman’s stellar science fiction novel, Planetfall. However, the two books are completely distinct and can be read independently. In fact, After Atlas is actually a mystery novel in addition to a science fiction story. After Atlas presents a very dark vision of the future. Democracy…

Review of Borderline by Mishell Baker

Borderline by Mishell Baker. ★★★★ Trigger warning: self harm Borderline is one of the best urban fantasy novels I’ve read in a long time. Having been reading urban fantasy for a while, certain elements feel familiar. The protagonist is usually snarky, and if female, conventionally attractive and probably wears black leather. The protagonist is likely to be some…

Review of Tremontaine: Season One

Tremontaine: The Complete Season One by Ellen Kushner, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, Joel Derfner, Racheline Maltesse, and Patty Bryant. ★★★1/2 Tremontaine is the prequel to Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint and also a story published through Serial Box, a service that provides serialized “episodes” of written stories somewhat in the manner of TV shows, with different authors writing each episode. The…

Review of On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis. ★★★1/2 On the Edge of Gone is a stand alone YA science fiction novel about the end of the world. A comet is about to hit Earth, and Denise’s family does not have a place in either the permanent shelters beneath the ground or the generation ships heading off planet….