Review of Toxic by Lydia Kang

Toxic by Lydia Kang. ★★★ The ending of Toxic was more gripping than the beginning, but the story didn’t manage to really suck me in. Toxic is a YA science fiction novel following two teens aboard the dying biological space-habitat Cyclo. Hana was created in secret by her mother in violation of the community population laws and has never been…

Review of Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean. ★★★1/2 I have such mixed feelings about this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first 75%, which felt super full of tropes and not particularly original, but then the very end flipped the entire book on its head! Empress of All Seasons is centered around a competition, a familiar…

Review of Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. ★★★★ TW: sexual assault, violence Young adult fantasy meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this explosive new novel. Not only that, but did I mention that it’s queer? Lei is a human girl, the lowest caste in a kingdom ruled by demons. Years ago, her mother was stolen by the royal guards,…

Review of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. ★★1/2 I have so little to say about The Hazel Wood. Largely, this review will come down to this comment, “All style, no substance.” Alice has spent most of her life traveling the road with her mother, driving out of town whenever bad luck hits. But after the death of her grandmother,…

Review of A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna. ★★★★ Years ago, I read Sangu Mandanna’s debut novel. While I wasn’t exactly blown away, I thought it’d be worth returning to her work later on in her career. So when I heard about her second book, A Spark of White Fire, a young adult sci-fi novel inspired by the Mahabharata,…

Mini-Reviews

Hello everyone! So I’ve actually read a few books lately that (*gasp*) aren’t science fiction or fantasy! I know, right? How unusual for me. Anyway, given that this blog is geared towards science fiction and fantasy and that I’m incredibly behind on reviews, I decided to give these books mini-reviews instead of writing full-length posts for…

Review of Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Mirage by Somaiya Duad. ★★★1/2 I had a mixed experience with Mirage; I enjoyed some elements, and I found others frustrating. Amani’s home planet is dominated by the interstellar Vathek empire, and she can’t remember life before the occupation. She is nothing special, one peasant girl of many, but she has family, friends, and the cultural traditions the Vathek are…

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 Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee. ★★★1/2 I kept hearing about this YA contemporary fantasy! By the time I picked it up, I’d completely forgotten what I’d heard, at least when it came to what the story was about. For all I knew, the main character was actually a genie! (Guess what: she’s not). So while…

Review of Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie. ★★★ Maybe my expectations were too high, but Hullmetal Girls was a bit of a let down. In the far future, humanity exists on a fleet of generation ships, traveling in search of a habitable planet. The fleet government is determined to maintain unity in the face of a rebellion seeking to split…