To Sleep in a Sea of Stars
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Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars – Christopher Paolini

Content warnings: Look, I’ll be honest – I preordered the ebook of this as soon as it was available. But when I saw that Jennifer Hale (fem Shep from Mass Effect) was doing the audiobook, I couldn’t resist. This is a behemoth of a book – almost 33 hours (880 pages) – with a large cast of characters. Ms. Hale…

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The Loop
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Review: The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson

Content warnings: It’s almost October, which means it’s time for me to binge horror books and get completely scared out of my mind. This was a great first book for that, extremely gory and deliciously horrifying. I’m just going to stop and reiterate that you should definitely check the content warnings on this one as it is very violent and…

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Real Men Knit
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Review: Real Men Knit – Kwana Jackson

Content warnings: I’ve read books by this author before and enjoyed them and this blurb sounded right up my alley. Four hot adopted brothers? A knitting shop in Harlem? Yes, please! Unfortunately, while those parts lived up to my expectations, some of the book didn’t. Jesse is the youngest of four brothers – most of them not biologically related –…

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The Duke Who Didn't
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Review: The Duke Who Didn’t – Courtney Milan

Content warnings: TLDR: Look, it’s a surprise new Courtney Milan book in 2020. Go buy it, because trust me, you need it. I have sung the praises of Courtney Milan multiple times before, so it’s probably no surprise that I also absolutely loved this childhood friends to lovers book. It’s seriously a masterclass in fluffy banter, while also striking a…

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The Gilded Wolves
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Review: The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi

I’m pretty much ride or die for found families, so it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of the recent crop of young adult heist books. This book is reminiscent of Six of Crows, in that it’s a young adult fantasy heist story, but there’s a lot more going on below the surface. It’s a story about revenge and perseverance,…

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The Year's Best Science Fiction
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Review: The Year’s Best Science Fiction vol.1 – Jonathan Strahan

Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best collections were a staple of my childhood, mostly because it was some of the only science fiction my local library could be relied on to buy every year. If this inaugural volume is anything to go by, Jonathan Strahan is a worthy successor. This is an anthology of 28 stories from 2019, delightfully diverse and spanning…

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Prime Deceptions
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Review: Prime Deceptions – Valerie Valdes

Content warnings: I am still deeply in love with the cover art for this series. The Cat floating in space! The neon text! The gorgeous colors! I would totally hang this up near my bookcases. This is the second in the Chilling Effect series, so there a!re spoilers for the first book in this review I came out of the…

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Don't Hex and Drive
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Review: Don’t Hex and Drive – Juliette Cross

Content warnings: The second in the Stay a Spell series, this book features Isadora, another one of the Savoie sisters. Like the rest of her sisters, she’s a witch, and she’s specifically a Conduit, which means she can heal people using her magic. Isadora is very much a homebody, content in her greenhouse and with her family and close circle…

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Her Big City Neighbor
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Review: Her Big City Neighbor – Jackie Lau

Content warnings: I love Jackie Lau’s books and this one has my favorite things – tons of delicious food, plus the “grumpy one falls for the sunshine one” trope. With all that, it’s a pretty good start to a new series. Amy is basically the epitome of the sunshine trope – she’s so excited to explore and essentially eat her…

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The Four Profound Weaves
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Review: The Four Profound Weaves – R.B. Lemberg

Content warnings: I originally picked this up on Corey Alexander‘s recommendation – it’s a commentary on how much I trusted their recommendations that I ordered a physical copy even before I requested an ARC! The author lists LeGuin as one of their influences, and this fairy tale has a lot of the qualities you’d expect from her work. It brought…

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