Review of Bookburners: The Complete Season Two

Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Brian Francis Slattery, Andrea Phillips, Mur Lafferty, and Amal El-Mohtar. ★★★★ I’ve finally caught up with season two of Bookburners! This urban fantasy series by Max Gladstone is a Serial Box story. Serial Box creates serial fiction akin to television seasons. Various different “episodes” make up seasons. Each episode has it’s own…

Review of Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. ★★★★ While this is a prequel to Every Heart a Doorway, it can be read independently. This review will not contain spoilers for Every Heart a Doorway. Jack and Jill’s parents think of their children mainly as accessories, the perfect additions to their lifestyle. They decide early on what each…

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 Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden. ★★★1/2 The Prey of Gods combines futuristic South Africa with hallucinogenic drugs, ancient demi-goddesses, and AI revolts. It’s an eclectic collection that makes for a truly unique science fiction story. The best comparison I can think of is Neil Gaiman crossed with Lauren Beukes. Sydney’s a demi-goddess who thrives off…

Review of Snake Eyes by Hilary Monahan

Snake Eyes by Hilary Monahan. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: Sexual assault, violence Snake Eyes is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. There’s no way I’m ever forgetting it. Tanis Barlas is the daughter of the Lamia, a monstrous snake woman from Greek mythology who cares little for her human daughters. Yet she retains a tight control over all…

Review of Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker. ★★★★ Phantom Pains is the sequel to Mishell Baker’s phenomenal debut, Borderline, which dealt with issues of disability and mental health as well as being a really fun urban fantasy novel. While it would be possible to read Phantom Pains on its own, I recommend reading the books in order. Spoilers for Borderline will be included in the…

Review of All Good Things by Emma Newman

All Good Things by Emma Newman. ★★★★ All Good Things is the fifth and final book in Emma Newman’s Split Worlds urban fantasy series. You absolutely must read the series in order! Seriously, you will be totally confused if you pick up this book without the context of the previous books. If you’re unfamiliar with the series…

Review of The Innkeeper Chronicles Volume One by Ilona Andrews

The Innkeeper Chronicles: Volume One by Ilona Andrews. ★★★1/2 I’ve long been a fan of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniel books, but The Innkeeper Chronicles was the first time I’ve checked out some of their other work. This edition is the first three books in the series bound into one volume. For plot specific commentary, I will divide this review…

Review of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. ★★★★ Edit: I just read the sequel. It added romance. After I spent my entire review praising this book for not having romance. And yes, I’m super salty about it. This Savage Song is a YA fantasy novel that I had serious trouble putting down. Also relevant? There’s a male narrator and…

Review of The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi. ★★★1/2 The Dispatchers is a sci-fi novella based around a single concept: what if anyone who was murdered just… came back? Right in their own home, naked as the day they were born. How would society change as a result? Tony Valdez is a dispatcher, a professional with the license to murder. He…

Review of The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. ★★★1/2 While I found The Screaming Staircase a tad predictable, I enjoyed it nonetheless. For the last fifty years, England has been beset by a plague of supernatural spirits referred to as The Problem. Only children and teens are capable of seeing ghosts, so all agencies for dealing with hauntings rely on minors…

Review of The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun. ★★★1/2 The Root is an intriguing blend of urban and portal fantasy with a wonderfully diverse cast. Erik’s a former teen star living in San Francisco. He thought his life was complicated enough, but now he’s finding out that he’s Blooded – descended from gods and gifted with powers he doesn’t understand….