Review of A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna. ★★★★ Years ago, I read Sangu Mandanna’s debut novel. While I wasn’t exactly blown away, I thought it’d be worth returning to her work later on in her career. So when I heard about her second book, A Spark of White Fire, a young adult sci-fi novel inspired by the Mahabharata,…

Review of The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams

The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams. ★★1/2 Do you love action sequences? If so, then this is the book for you! The mysterious Pulse swept across the universe, infecting worlds with various levels of technology-killing radiation, putting some planets pre-spaceflight or even pre-electricity. But alongside the Pulse, something else happened… children started to be born with…

Review of Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Mirage by Somaiya Duad. ★★★1/2 I had a mixed experience with Mirage; I enjoyed some elements, and I found others frustrating. Amani’s home planet is dominated by the interstellar Vathek empire, and she can’t remember life before the occupation. She is nothing special, one peasant girl of many, but she has family, friends, and the cultural traditions the Vathek are…

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 Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron

Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ As the last in a five book series, I would not suggest coming into Last Dragon Standing unfamiliar with the preceding books. Although Last Dragon Standing didn’t entirely live up to my expectations, the Heartstriker series remains one of my favorite urban fantasy series out there. If you haven’t read it, I would strongly…

Review of A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ It’s official: The Heartstriker series is one of my all-time favorite urban fantasy series. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, please do yourself a favor and start with the first book, Nice Dragons Finish Last. A Dragon of a Different Color is the fourth book in the series, and you’d…

Review of Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra. ★★★ Markswoman is a debut fantasy novel with a bit of a science fiction twist to the world building. I was drawn to the premise involving an order of all female assassins. However, while it was an all right read, it ultimately didn’t live up to my hopes. Markswoman opens with Kyra being sent on…

Review of Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells

Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells. ★★★★ I really loved Alex Well’s space punk, biker, science fantasy novel Hunger Makes the Wolf. It was truly one of a kind, involving so many different elements yet forming a seamless whole. I’m happy to say that Blood Binds the Pack is a fitting sequel. Note before I dive into the review…