When We Were Ghosts
Reviews

Review: When We Were Ghosts – E.J. Phillips

Content warnings: Hello, gorgeous cover! And honestly, this book is gorgeous, in a very grief-laden, magical way. This is a heavier book, as much of the story is spent dealing (or not dealing with, depending on the character) death and grief, but it’s also lightened by a very snarky ghost and a sweet romance. “A haunting is just a memory…

Continue Reading

Black Sun
Reviews

Review: Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse

Content warnings: I’ve read Rebecca Roanhorse’s work before, so I thought I knew what I was getting myself in to. But, wow, was I ever surprised – in the best way! This is an enthralling character-driven epic fantasy inspired by Meso-American cultures. And, just a note, this is the start of a trilogy, so of course there’s a massive cliffhanger.…

Continue Reading

The Gilded Wolves
Reviews

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,…

Continue Reading

The Four Profound Weaves
Reviews

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…

Continue Reading

Fable
Reviews

Review: Fable – Adrienne Young

Content warnings: I’m not sure what’s prompted the rash of young adult pirate books lately, but yes, please give me more, thanks. This one is a dark and gritty fantasy filled with found family and adventure on the high seas. Also, I apologize ahead of time for the boatload of nautical puns in this review. “I’m on the Marigold to…

Continue Reading

A Killing Frost
Reviews

Review: A Killing Frost – Seanan McGuire

Look, there’s a reason this has a super short blurb and an ominous title. The easiest non-spoilery way to review this book is just to say OMG WHAT WHAT WHAT YES WAIT TOBY NO WHAT OMG and leave it at that. If you’re looking for something a little more useful, read on. “We carry ourselves forward through time, with no…

Continue Reading

The Unkindest Tide
Reviews

Review: The Unkindest Tide – Seanan McGuire

Content warnings: For some people, the beginning of September means pumpkin spice lattes, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, and an end to summer. For me, it means a new October Daye book. I’ve been reading this series since the very first book and, finally, at lucky number 13, we get the book I’ve been waiting for – the Luidaeg…

Continue Reading

Wild Sky
Reviews

Review: Wild Sky – Zaya Feli

Content warnings: Tauran was the hotshot Sky Guard dragonrider, cocky and sure of himself and his place in the world. All that changed after rebellion in the Sky Guard culminated in a battle that left his dragon dead and him a broken man. He swore he’d never return to Valreus, but reports of war, wild dragon attacks, and (most importantly)…

Continue Reading

Cry of Metal & Bone
Reviews

Review: Cry of Metal & Bone – L. Penelope

Content warnings: Wow, what a ride! This book takes the foundation laid in the previous books and novellas and starts tying together many of the threads. I would strongly not recommend reading this without reading the previous books, and most certainly the previous novella. “Listen,” she said, “if someone doesn’t try to kill you at least once in your life,…

Continue Reading

Hush of Storm & Sorrow
Reviews

Review: Hush of Storm & Sorrow – L. Penelope

I am very glad I have an ARC of the third book waiting, because oh boy does this end on a cliffhanger! This novella fills in a bit of the plot as to what happened to Jasminda’s family and also more information about the death stone mentioned in the last book. Roshon doesn’t really believe in the Queen Who Sleeps,…

Continue Reading