Review of Toxic by Lydia Kang

Toxic by Lydia Kang. ★★★ The ending of Toxic was more gripping than the beginning, but the story didn’t manage to really suck me in. Toxic is a YA science fiction novel following two teens aboard the dying biological space-habitat Cyclo. Hana was created in secret by her mother in violation of the community population laws and has never been…

Review of Mutiny at Vesta by R.E. Stearns

Mutiny at Vesta by R.E. Stearns. ★★★1/2 Mutiny at Vesta is the sequel to Barbary Station, a sci-fi novel where badass lesbian space pirates fight a rogue AI. While you could theoretically read Mutiny at Vesta without having read Barbary Station first, I still suggest picking up Barbary Station. Also, there’s legit no way I can avoid spoilers for Barbary Station in this review. You have…

Review of In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard

In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard. ★★★★ I’ve been telling everyone I know about In the Vanishers’ Palace, a f/f retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”… with dragons! So get ready for a really excited review. Yên is a failed scholar in a harsh world. She and her mother are barely accepted in their village community for…

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 Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken

The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken ★★1/2 There are two things you should know about me: I love science fiction and fantasy novels… and I also adore heist stories. So stories that combine the two? I have a desperate desire for. That being said, The Quantum Magician should have been a slam dunk. A far-future sci-fi story about…

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 Daughters of a Forgotten Light by Sean Grigsby

Daughters of the Forgotten Light. ★★1/2 Do you ever read a book and feel like you might have liked the storyline better if it was written by someone else? That’s sort of what I felt about Daughters of Forgotten Light. In a future devastated by an unexpected ice age and constant war over resources, mothers have total…

Review of The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. ★★★★ I’d really loved some of Mary Robinette Kowal’s short fiction, but I’d yet to find a novel of hers I quite as much adored. The Calculating Stars changes that. The Calculating Stars takes an alternate history route to the United States’ space program; in the 1950’s, a giant meteorite obliterates Washington, D.C….

Review of The Dreaming Stars by Tim Pratt

The Dreaming Stars by Tim Pratt. ★★★★ Tim Pratt’s The Wrong Stars was exactly the sort of book I was looking for — a fun space opera with some truly great aliens and queer protagonists. The Dreaming Stars is everything I could ask for from a sequel. However, if you haven’t read The Wrong Stars I suggest you go pick up a copy…

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…