Review of Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace. ★★★★ Have you read Archivist Wasp? If you haven’t, you really should. It’s a striking, post-apocalyptic, ghost-hunting body novel that tells a deeply intense story without even a hint of romance. Latchkey is a follow-up, taking place three years later. I strongly suggest reading Archivist Wasp first, and this review will contain spoilers for Archivist Wasp. The girl once…

Review of Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw

Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw. ★★★ I’ve loved Cassandra Khaw’s short stories, but I hung back from this novella, which I thought didn’t sound like my sort of thing. I was right. This review is largely going to be a matter of personal preference. Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef just isn’t the right book for me. Rupert Wong,…

Review of The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy. ★★★1/2 I have continued to enjoy the offerings from the Tor.com novella line! Danielle Cain is a young, queer, punk who’s spent the last decade hitch hiking across America. When her best friend kills himself, she ventures to the squatter town of Freedom, Iowa, her friend’s last location…

Review of Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire. ★★★ Seanan McGuire’s books have always been a hit or miss for me, and Sparrow Hill Road is a miss. In 1952, Rose Marshall was run off the road and killed by the immortal Bobby Cross. Ever since, Rose has been a ghost, hitchhiking her way across America. It’s been over sixty years,…

Wyrd and Wonder: Review of Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. ★★★1/2 If every villain is the hero of his own story, is every hero the villain of someone else’s story? In Eli, Victor recognized a shared darkness. The college roommates started working together, researching into the origins of extraordinary abilities. A clear pattern emerges: supernatural abilities develop after near death experiences. From theory,…

Review of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. ★★★1/2 Are you interested in a f/f horror novel with killer mermaids? Then Into the Drowning Deep is the book for you! The Atargatis set off into the Pacific to film a fake, entertainment purposes documentary about mermaids. Unfortunately, the ones they found were all to real. Everyone aboard the Atargatis was…

Review of Odd & True by Cat Winters

Odd & True by Cat Winters. ★★★1/2 I came into Odd & True expecting a fantasy story, but what I got was mostly historical fiction instead. Don’t get me wrong — I think it’s a fairly good book, but I probably wasn’t the right reader for it. When Trudchen was little, her older sister Odette told her stories about…

Review of Rituals by Roz Kaveney

Rituals by Roz Kaveney. ★★★1/2 Are you looking for queer, unconventional fantasy centered around female characters? Than Rituals by Roz Kaveney is for you. Before I get into a plot synopsis, I think it’s necessary to explain the unusual structure of Rituals. It’s almost more like a collection of novellas or novelettes than a standard book. There’s not really a…

Review of Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. ★★★1/2 I enjoyed Our Dark Duet less than I did its predecessor, This Savage Song, but I can’t tell if that’s on me or the book. Kate Harker has made a new life outside of Verity, hunting monsters. But a new and dangerous breed of monster will send her back hunting back to the…

Review of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. ★★★ In Chicago, a serial killer hunts through time, targeting girls from “shining girls” from different eras. Then one of his victims survives. The Shining Girls was oddly forgettable. After reading Beukes nonfiction essay “All the Pretty Corpses,” I decided I had to read The Shining Girls. The essay burns with anger at…