Review of Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari

Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari. ★★★ I picked up this YA science fiction because I heard it had asexual representation. That turned out to be the only memorable thing about it. Isaak is a teenage boy living on a future Mars colony. Then he sees a strange arch formation that almost exactly matches the depiction on an…

Review of This Other World by A.C. Buchanan

This Other World by A.C. Buchanan. ★★★★ What a lovely science fiction novella! It’s a quiet story, and a short read (I read it in under an hour). Because of that, this review will be a bit shorter than normal. Vonika’s an autistic engineer who chose to immigrate to an alien planet. She has built a career…

Review of One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ I am loving this series so much, and it’s threatening to become on of my all time favorite urban fantasy series. It’s just so much fun! Plus, I love the world and characters. Rachel Aaron is doing truly wonderful work with this series. One Good Dragon Deserves Another is…

Review of Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani

Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani. ★★★★ Memories of Ash is a full, novel length sequel to the YA fantasy novella Sunbolt. In my review of Sunbolt, I noted that I was waiting to see where the sequels would take the series. Well it was worth the wait! Memories of Ash was even better than the first installment. It’s so much of…

Review of Plastic Smile by S. L. Huang

Plastic Smile by S.L. Huang. ★★★1/2 Plastic Smile is the fourth novel in the Russell’s Attic series, a usually action oriented science fiction series about an anti-heroic woman with superpowers based on math. I suggest reading the series in order, starting with the first book, Zero Sum Game. This review may contain spoilers for prior books. As part of…

Review of Root of Unity by S.L. Huang

Root of Unity by S.L. Huang. ★★★1/2 Cas Russell and her mathematical superpowers are back! Root of Unity is the third book in Russell’s Attic series (start with Zero Sum Game), a series of fast paced, science fiction action thriller’s. Cas Russell has superhuman math abilities which she uses to work as a mercenary, instantly calculating the trajectory of bullets…

Review of And All the Stars by Andrea K. Host

And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst. ★★★1/2 And All the Stars is one of the better YA apocalyptic novels I’ve read. Towers have sprouted from cities around the world, spreading a strange dust. Those who encounter the dust either die or transform… Madeleine Cost is a fifteen year old artist who’s skipping school to go paint a…

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 Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling

Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling.★★★1/2 Brood of Bones is a self published fantasy novel available for free on Amazon. In short, Brood of Bones is about Hiresha, a narcoleptic enchantress who’s returned to her hometown only to find that all the women there are mysteriously pregnant. It’s a fun story that combines fantasy and mystery with flashes of humor. Enchantress…

Review of Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani. ★★★★ Sunbolt is the first in a planned series of novellas all following Hitomi, a street thief with untrained magic. The first installment was certainly part of a series – while the ending felt like a natural stopping point, the story has a whole had only just begun. In this case, the cover blurb gives…

Review of Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Thorn by Intisar Khanani. ★★★★ Thorn is a retelling of “The Goose Girl,” a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. In short, a widowed queen arranges for her daughter to marry a prince of a far off country. She gives her daughter a charm to protect her, but along the way, the girl’s treacherous maid steals…