Review of Henchgirl by Rita Stradling

Henchgirl by Rita Stradling. ★★1/2 Henchgirl is a YA urban fantasy that shows promise. Unfortunately, the love interest is a grade A jerk and my feelings towards the book devolved to mainly anger. In the world of Henchgirl, those who are descended from dragons rule the world. Dakota Kekoa is 1/8th dragon, which gives her special abilities, in her case…

Review of Marked by Sue Tingey

Marked by Sue Tingey. ★★ I should never have read this book or requested it as an ARC. Unfortunately, it has two different blurbs, one of which is honest and one of which is misleading, and I read the wrong one. The honest one is upfront about this being a paranormal romance. The misleading one tries to…

Review of The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith

The Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith. ★★ The Shadow Revolution just doesn’t work for me, not even as mindless fluff. The Shadow Revolution is one of those vaguely steampunk Victoriana sort of books. It’s the Victorian era and there’s werewolves plus some magic. That about sums up the world building. More specifically, the uber handsome playboy…

Review of Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik ★★★★ Trigger warning for attempted sexual assault If I can restrain my rage about the romance subplot, Uprooted was a very good book. Agnieszka lives in a valley bordered by an evil woods with strange powers. The valley is protected from the woods by a wizard known as the Dragon, but every ten years he…

Review of Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett. ★★1/2 Interesting Times is the seventeenth Discworld novel and the one I was most dreading rereading. I hadn’t picked it up since middle school, but what I remembered suggested that it could be… problematic. If you’re going to read Discworld, go read Small Gods, Guards! Guards!, The Wee Free Men, Monstrous Regiment, or Going Postal a try. Interesting Times is…

Review of Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. ★★1/2 I really do not know what rating to give Perdido Street Station. It started out oh, so well. The descriptions were lovely, the setting vibrant, the characters intriguing, but the farther I read, the more the cracks started to show. However, first I should describe what this book is actually about….

Review of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. ★★ The writing was beautiful and the world building interesting, but the pace was slow and the story clearly sexist. A Wizard of Earthsea is a classic fantasy story about a Ged, a great sorcerer who makes a mistake when he’s a student. His mistake unleashes a terrible and…

Review of The Enemy by Charlie Higson

The Enemy by Charlie Higson. ★ I would recommend this book to middle school boys, but I cannot see anyone else enjoying it. Really, it’s a bunch of kids killing dubiously described zombie-like adults. There’s not much more to be said about the plot. I have come up with seven faults of this book. (1) overabundance…

Review of Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh

Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh ★ 1/2 I cannot recommend this book. So many other people seem to like it that it’s obviously a taste issue (hence, it gets one and a half stars). The plot is hard to describe. It centers around intrigue of a genetics corporation that creates people referred to as azi. It’s hard…