The Challenger
Reviews

Review: The Challenger – Taran Matharu

Content warnings: This series is straight-forward history-geek action adventure, and I am all here for it. This is the second book in a series, and I wouldn’t recommend reading it before the first. Still grieving the deaths of his friends in the last battle, Cade and the other teens on the planet Acies have been given even worse news. Cade’s been…

Continue Reading

Breath of Dust & Dawn
Reviews

Review: Breath of Dust & Dawn – L. Penelope

As part of my reread of the Earthsinger Chronicles, I’m reading the novellas for the first time. This one is ostenibly set two weeks after the events of the first book. The framing is that Jack is telling a story about when he first became High Commander of the Army to encourage a frustrated Jasminda, now being called “Once Wretched,…

Continue Reading

Song of Blood & Stone
Reviews

Review: Song of Blood & Stone – L. Penelope

Trigger warnings: OK, first, can we just take a moment and squee over that gorgeous cover? I first read this book back when it came out with a traditional big publisher in 2018 and liked it, and I’m rereading the series in preparation for the third book. It’s interesting to revisit this book, especially knowing more than I did then.…

Continue Reading

Seven Devils
Reviews

Review: Seven Devils – Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

Content warnings: Yes, this book does live up to the gorgeous murdery vibes of Florence + The Machine’s “Seven Devils.” These women are, in fact, here to burn your kingdom down, and there’s a lot of grappling around “evil hearts” and “evil souls.” It definitely gave me Rogue One and Guardians of the Galaxy vibes, in the sense of an unlikely…

Continue Reading

Deal with the Devil
Reviews

Review: Deal with the Devil – Kit Rocha

I’ve been reading Kit Rocha’s books for a long time, and there’s certain things I expect from them: amazing found families, strong and fierce heroines, and a nail-bitingly good plot. So it’s no surprise that their first traditionally published book has all that, plus the sunshine/grumpy trope, a post-apocalyptic road trip, and multiple discussions of whether various characters are psycho…

Continue Reading

The Mall
Reviews

Review: The Mall – Megan McCafferty

Content warnings: Come for the teased hair and Cabbage Patch Dolls, stay for the sweet coming-of-age story as a teen spends the summer before college working at the local mall, scouring the mall as part of a treasure hunt and navigating her derailed plans for love and her future. Like the rest of her life, Cassie has her summer all…

Continue Reading

A Sweet Mess
Reviews

Review: A Sweet Mess – Jayci Lee

Content warnings: While at first glance the cover is cute (is that the chocolate bundt cake?), I’m going to point out that since this is an illustrated cover, there is zero excuse for whitewashing the two Korean main characters. I previously read Jayci Lee’s Harlequin debut, Temporary Wife Temptation, and loved it, so I was very excited for this book.…

Continue Reading

Forbidden Desire
Reviews

Review: Forbidden Desire – Robin Lovett

Content warnings: If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me flail wildly over this absolutely bananapants scifi erotica series before. It’s absolute bonkers sex planet shenanigans, and it’s hard for me to express how much I love the craziness. And if anything, this book takes the crazy to a whole new level. Niva’s an alien sex goddess with…

Continue Reading

Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders
Reviews

Review: Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders – Aliette de Bodard

Content warnings: Another murder mystery by Aliette de Bodard? Especially set during Tet and featuring one of my favorite knife-stabby heroes? Yes, please. This is set after the end of the trilogy, though I read this without having read the last book (oops). The characters and enough background is given, though, that this could easily be read as a standalone…

Continue Reading

Haunted Heroine
Reviews

Review: Haunted Heroine – Sarah Kuhn

Content warnings: I’ve been a fan of this series since the very first book, and I was so happy to see that this book was once again from Evie’s POV (after a book each from Aveda and Bea’s POVs.) After the bombshell in the last book, I was very interested to see how Evie was going to handle everything, and…

Continue Reading