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…

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 Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker

Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker. ★★★★ The Arcadia Project trilogy has been one of my all time favorite urban fantasy series. I’m sad to see it come to a close, but I found Impostor Syndrome a more than satisfying conclusion. Before diving into the review, I want to note that this is a sequel. Impostor Syndrome picks up directly where…

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 The Tree by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

The Tree by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun. ★★★1/2 The Tree is the sequel to urban fantasy/portal fantasy hybrid novel, The Root. Like a lot of series, this one needs to be read in order! Trust me, you’ll be so confused otherwise. Earth is at war, but most of humanity doesn’t know it yet. Demonic beings from an alternate dimension, Corpiliu, have…

Review of No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron. ★★★★ No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished solidifies my love for this urban fantasy series. I went out and got the fourth book practically as soon as I finished. This book is the third installment in the series (go to Nice Dragons Finish Last if you’re just starting), and it’s a series you really…

Throwback Thursday: The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. ★★★1/2 When I was growing up, everyone told me that I had to read Harry Potter. Being a stubborn child, I naturally resisted, until my sister’s copy was the only thing left to read on a family vacation. Turns out there was a reason everyone was telling me to read…

Review of An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard. ★★★1/2 An Unkindness of Magicians might not have been quite as good as I’d hoped, but then again, I had a lot of hopes for this new stand alone fantasy from Kat Howard. In New York City, houses of magicians rise and fall during the Turning, a series of duels that…

Review of Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade City by Fonda Lee. ★★★★ I had a lot of fun with Jade City! The story starts off slow, but by the second half, I was having trouble putting it down. Over twenty years ago, the island nation of Kekon won their freedom through the feats of the Green Bone warriors and their loyal Lantern Men. Now, Kekon…