Review of Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman. ★★★1/2 TW: physical and emotional abuse In this utopia future, humans have defeated death. We are immortal, never to die by natural causes… except, humans still need some death. Enter the scythes, professionals whose task it is to provide death where nature cannot. It’s quite a concept, and Neal Shusterman milks it…

Breaking the Bubble: Non-SFF Reading in April 2019

Breaking the Bubble is a monthly feature where I do mini-reviews for books outside my usual sphere of science fiction and fantasy. April turned out to be a bit of a theme, with me reading two realistic fiction books revolving around feminist themes.

Review of Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld. ★★★1/2 I grew up reading Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies trilogy. Legit, I was in 5th grade when I first read the books! They were a substantial part of my childhood, so when I heard that Westerfeld was releasing a new YA novel set in the same universe, I had to read it. Frey lives a…

Review of Exo by Fonda Lee

Exo by Fonda Lee. ★★★★ Exo is possibly the best young adult dystopian novel I’ve ever read. Exo takes place after Earth has been successfully conquered by an alien species, the zhree, who have turned it into one of their colony planets. On the surface of it, Exo is very similar to loads of other YA dystopian novels. You’ve got…

Review of Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. ★★★★ TW: Parental death My main impression of Descendant of the Crane was of a very solid YA fantasy debut that was enjoyable if not incredible… and then the plot twists hit and I was like “WOAH.” I am 100% planning on reading the sequel! When Princess Hesina of Yan finds…

Breaking the Bubble: Non-SFF Reading in March

Breaking the Bubble is a feature where I do mini-reviews of some books outside of science fiction and fantasy. The aim of this series is to familiarize myself with other genres and what books are currently big. This month, I’m covering everything from the hit memoir Educated to some young adult titles.

Breaking the Bubble: Non-SFF Reading in February

I’ve been trying to read some books outside of science fiction and fantasy to get a feel for other genres. I don’t want to spend the time it would take to write full reviews for these books, so I decided to make a roundup series of mini-reviews I’m calling “Breaking the Bubble.” This month includes…

Review of Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve

Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve. ★★★★ Do you want a YA novel about a lesbian werewolf and a genderqueer zombie becoming friends? You bet you do! And Out of Salem is just that book! In a horrible accident, Z’s entire family died. And so did they. Only, they’re still walking. Z’s looking at a new, uncertain future…

Review of Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao. ★★★1/2 Unfortunately, I just didn’t like this as much as the first book, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. What I really loved about Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was the anti-heroic female lead, Xifeng. I love me a good anti-heroine, and Xifeng more than scratched that itch. But Kingdom of the…

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. ★★★1/2 TW: forced marriage, threat of sexual violence, parental abuse I know everyone loves this novel, just like everyone loves Uprooted. Meanwhile, I had a very conflicted relationship with Uprooted. While I liked most things about it, I cannot emphasize enough how much I abhorred the borderline-abusive romance subplot. And when others told…