Review of Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab. ★★★★ Vengeful had everything I liked about Vicious, Schwab’s dark superhero tale, and even improved in some ways upon the sequel. Before I get into this review, just a quick note that you really should read Vicious before Vengeful. This review will contain spoilers for the ending of Vicious, so read at your own risk. At the end…

Review of Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. ★★★1/2 Beneath the Sugar Sky is the third novella in the Wayward Children series, which is about children who find doors to magical worlds… but then end up back in this one. I heavily suggest reading at least Every Heart a Doorway before you read Beneath the Sugar Sky. Also, the rest of this…

Review of Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells. ★★★★ I really love Murderbot. My family’s probably tired of hearing me talk about this series, so it’s lucky I have a review blog to gush on. If you’re confused right now and thinking, “What is Murderbot?” then you need to go read Martha Wells’ excellent (and award-winning) novella, All Systems Red. Exit…

Updated Review of Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang

Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang. ★★★★ This review is going to be a bit unusual. Mostly because I already reviewed this book back in 2015. Back then, S.L. Huang was self-publishing. Since then, she’s gotten picked up by Tor and Zero Sum Game is being rereleased!  I requested an ARC as I was curious what changes would be…

Review of The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark. ★★★★ What a great story! The Black God’s Drums is a steampunk novella following Creeper, a girl in the free and neutral city of New Orleans. She’s a street urchin living in a hidey-hole near the airfield, watching the airships come and go and dreaming of seeing the world. When…

Throwback Thursday: Ring of Swords by Eleanor Arnason

Ring of Swords by Eleanor Arnason. ★★★1/2 Ring of Swords is a classic feminist science fiction novel from 1994. In terms of gender and sexuality, it shows its ages in ways you would expect, but it still holds up as an intriguing first contact novel. Humanity has made contact with only one other sentient people, the Hwarhath, but…

Review of Rogue Protocal by Martha Wells

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells. ★★★★ Hooray, more Murderbot! Seriously, if you’re expecting this review to be much more than that, you’re not going to get it. Sorry, that’s just the way it is. I am a complete Murderbot fangirl. If you’re not familiar with this excellent novella series, go read All Systems Red right now. After the events…

Review of A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis

A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis. ★★★★ I loved this story! A Ruin of Shadows is a very quick novella; I read it in an hour, but wow does it make an impression. General Daynja Édo has spent decades building the Boorhian Empire. With her “army” of seven shadows (assassins), she has spent her life in brutal violence. Now,…

Review of Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

Review of Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys. ★★★★ Like its predecessor, Deep Roots is a lovely, slower-paced novel working with Lovecraftian mythos. While I do think you should read the previous book, Winter Tide, before Deep Roots, this review will largely avoid spoilers for Winter Tide. Aphra Marsh and her brother Caleb are the only survivors of the United States government’s raid…

Review of Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport

Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport. ★★★★ I really loved this book! It was just so much fun. My biggest problem is that so few people have read it! So go out and get yourself a copy immediately. Oichi’s parents are rebels. At an early age, they provide her with illegal, implanted technology that lets her access all…