Review of The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher. ★★★★ This wonderfully written YA fantasy novel would appeal to fans of Robin McKinley’s fairy tale works. Rhea’s life takes an unexpected turn when a local lord requests her hand in marriage. She doesn’t want to get married, much less to a stranger who’s as old as her father, but when…

Ten Female Led SFF Novels without Romance

February’s the time of year where people get even more obsessed about romantic love than usual. But even in the rest of the year, there’s often a sense that romance is mandatory. The vast majority of books I read contain a romantic subplot for their lead, particularly if the protagonist happens to be female. With…

Review of Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter

Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter. ★★★★ I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this novella by a new to me author, Angela Slatter. What I got was a beautiful if dark tale with a feminist heart. I most certainly need to read more by Angela Slatter. Mistress Gideon is a witch, and…

Review of Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Plain Kate by Erin Bow. ★★★★ I started Plain Kate thinking I’d be getting a fairly simplistic YA fantasy story. Instead this book ended up ripping my heart out and stomping on it! Kate is the orphaned daughter of a woodcarver who exists on the scraps of money she makes from her carving and the town residents’s good graces….

Review of Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. ★★★★ Trigger warning: rape While it wasn’t until the last fifth or so that I felt definitely that I’d want to read the next book, there was always something about Ninefox Gambit that I found compelling. I’d be thinking about how military science fiction must not be my thing and at the same…

Review of Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace. ★★★★ In a way, Archivist Wasp reminds me of Mad Max: Fury Road. In a post apocalyptic world, Wasp is the Archivist, hunter of ghosts. She has to kill to keep her position or be killed herself. When she meets a ghost stronger than the rest, that of a dead solider, she sees a way…

Review of Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang

Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang. ★★★1/2 Zero Sum Game is an action packed, speculative fiction thriller. Cas Russell knows there’s something different about her abilities – she’s very good at math, to the point where she sees the mathematics that underlie the everyday world. Thanks to this sixth sense, Cas can pull off amazing physical feats by almost…

Review of Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Monstrous Regiment was the first book in the Discworld series I ever read. This stand alone Discworld novel got me hooked on the series and has been a beloved favorite of mine for many years. Monstrous Regiment takes the classic trope of a girl disguising herself as a man to join the army…

Review of The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. ★★★ 1/2 Overall, I found The Thief an enjoyable light read. It’s quick (I read it in under a day) and entertaining. From the back: “The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects…

Review of Clariel by Garth Nix

Clariel by Garth Nix. ★★★1/2 Clariel is the prequel to the Sabriel’s trilogy but can likely be read independently. Clariel is a young woman who is related though her mother to both the King and the Abhorsen, who is in charge of putting the dead to rest. The novel starts with Clariel moving with her parents to…

Review of The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin

The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin. ★★★★ The Midnight Mayor is the sequel to A Madness of Angels, which I loved. While the two books have separate plots and don’t necessarily have to be read in order, I would still recommend reading A Madness of Angels first as the events in it are referred to in The Midnight Mayor. The Midnight Mayor is a worthy…

Review of A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin

A Madness of Angels: Or, the Resurrection of Matthew Swift by Kate Griffin. ★★★★1/2 I adored A Madness of Angels. A Madness of Angels starts with Matthew Swift, a sorcerer who died two years ago, suddenly awake in his old home. He doesn’t know why he’s back or who resurrected him, and he makes it his mission to find out…