Review of The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: sexual harassment, physical and emotional abuse The Last Namsara is a well written YA fantasy debut. Although I found the romance subplot problematic, I would guess that this book will be a big hit. Asha is the Iskari, the feared weapon and dragon slayer of her father the king….

Review of Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee

Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee. ★★★1/2 Not Your Villain is the sequel to Not Your Sidekick, an adorable queer superhero story that couldn’t help but warm my heart. While there’s efforts made to make Not Your Villain work as a stand alone, I think you’re better off reading the series in order. Not Your Villain follows a new protagonist, Bells, who’s got…

Review of An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. ★★★1/2 An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson is a well written YA fantasy debut, even if it does follow some familiar patterns. Additionally, I predict that this story will appeal to fans of Holly Black. The fae cannot create themselves, so they love mortals’ crafts. The rising star of mortal…

Review of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. ★★1/2 This debut YA science fiction novel felt like a bunch of other YA science fiction novels all shoved in a blender. Particularly The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game. Emmett Atwater is one of ten teenagers recruited by the Babel Corporation to sent aboard a spaceship to an alien planet, where he will mine a new…

Review of Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett.  ★★★1/2 Even the Darkest Star is a debut fantasy YA novel that takes place in a setting inspired by the Himalayan mountains with a mountain climbing heroine. While it suffers from some predictable YA tropes (think love triangles), I think there’s a lot of people who would enjoy it. Kamzin’s mother…

Review of The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember. ★★★ I wanted to read The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, so when I saw she had another book on Netgalley, I went and requested it. Lesson learned: when you want to read one book by an author, don’t pick up a completely different book instead. You’d think this would be obvious, but…

Review of Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. ★★★1/2 At last, the fifth book in The Queen’s Thief series! While this book can theoretically be read independently, the previous books are good too so why not start with them? The series starts with The Thief, but the second book, The Queen of Attolia, remains my favorite. After the debacle in…

Review of Sovereign by April Daniels

Sovereign by April Daniels. ★★★1/2 Danny is back in this sequel to YA superhero book Dreadnought. Sovereign has it’s own plotline, but it continues the threat of Nemesis and Danny’s character growth. Thus, I’d recommend reading the series in order. Nine months after Danny debuted as Dreadnought and publicly came out as lesbian and transgender, she’s stretched to the breaking…

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 Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle

The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle. ★★★★ What a delightful story! The village of Styesville believes that they’re in need of a knight to solve their dragon problem. But the solution to their problem arrives largely unnoticed: Dea, a faerie godmother’s apprentice drawn by the rumors of dragons. She soon realizes that there’s something more…

Review of Wilders by Brenda Cooper

Wilders by Brenda Cooper. ★1/2 Trigger warning: suicide Reading Wilders was a struggle from the get go. It took me three weeks to finish. I haven’t had this much difficulty forcing myself to finish something since my senior English class read Faulkner. I may take Faulkner over Wilders. The future is divided between the cities and the unincorporated land outside them,…