Review of The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. ★★★★ I first listened to an audiobook of The Rook back in high school, and I enjoyed it immensely, especially for its humor and the bonds between the female characters. In 2018, I had the desperate urge to listen to an audiobook, and I remembered that I could re-listen to The Rook. So I…

Review of The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards

The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards. ★★★★ TW: Sexual Assualt, Anorexia I’m so so glad I listened to everyone telling me to read The Last Sun. It’s a stunningly imaginative urban fantasy novel with characters I came to care deeply about. The best comparison I can think of is Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence crossed with Ilona Andrews’…

Review of Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron

Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ Minimum Wage Magic was a whole lot of fun, and I expected nothing else of a Rachel Aaron novel! Her work would likely appeal to fans of Ilona Andrews, as this book is a fast-paced urban fantasy novel with excellent world building and a strong heroine at its center. Although Minimum…

Review of Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. ★★★★ Magic Triumphs is the last book in the Kate Daniels series, my all-time favorite urban fantasy series. What am I going to do without more Kate Daniels books to look forward to? As with any last book in a beloved series, reading Magic Triumphs was a bittersweet experience. In the prologue to Magic Triumphs,…

Review of Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova. ★★★1/2 I didn’t enjoy this book as much as its predecessor, Labyrinth Lost, but that’s probably to be expected. Honestly, a large part of why I loved Labyrinth Lost so much was the same-sex love interest, and Bruja Born has a different protagonist. After the events of Labyrinth Lost, Lula Mortiz and her family have changed. She’s got…

Review of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. ★★★1/2 I’ve been staring at the draft for this review for about a month now. What can I say? I just don’t have strong feelings about The Cruel Prince. Jude’s mother faked her own death to leave her husband, Madoc, a general of the fae. She started a new life with a human…

Review of Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. ★★★★ TW: child death Trail of Lightning is perhaps the most anticipated urban fantasy release of the summer, and I’m here to say that it doesn’t disappoint. When climate change caused the oceans to rise faster than anyone expected, Dinétah (once the Navajo reservation) was reborn. It’s gods walked back into the world, but…

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 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,…

Review of The Heartreader’s Secret by Kate McIntyre

The Heartreader’s Secret by Kate McIntyre. ★★★★ The Heartreader’s Secret is the third in Kate McIntyre’s Faraday Files series, a queer fantasy mystery series. I do suggest reading the books in order, so starting with The Deathsniffer’s Assistant. I don’t think I can fully avoid spoilers for the previous two books in this review, so head on over to The…