REVIEW: Reverie

“Sometimes the things we believe in are the most dangerous things about us.” ————————– “Dreams can be parasites we sacrifice ourselves to. Dreams can be monstrous, beautiful things incubated in misery and hatched by spite. Or dreams can be the artifacts we excavate to discover who we really are.” ————————– Inexplicably, I struggled with thisContinue reading “REVIEW: Reverie”

REVIEW: Black Sun

“A man with a destiny is a man who fears nothing.” ——————————————— Black Sun is everything you want from epic high fantasy. The writing reminded me of GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire series where you get alternating chapters of seemingly unrelated characters and in this case multiple timelines. This was expertly done. LikeContinue reading “REVIEW: Black Sun”

REVIEW: Cathedral of Bones

“I am the darkness between worlds, and between elementary particles, and inside your own mind. I am the emptiness before birth and after death, the ancient indifference of the stars, and of what lies beyond the stars -“ —————————————- Simon Frost is a teen who has lived a life steeped in sadness and mediocrity. HeContinue reading “REVIEW: Cathedral of Bones”

Review: Queen of the Conquered

Queen of the Conquered is an unusual tale that lives somewhere between historical fiction and fantasy. It’s a slow building, emotionally fraught, politically complex story. At its heart, Sigourney is a strong woman with a huge history of trauma that defines her behavior throughout the story. She is the only woman of color who hasContinue reading “Review: Queen of the Conquered”

January wrap-up

This month I read 20 books. My goal was to work through my backlist books (8), my Netgalley (6) as well as 1 classic re-read per month and I ended up accomplishing 2.  Binti ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A Twist of Karma ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Dark Tides ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sadie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The RuthlessContinue reading “January wrap-up”

Pub Day Review: Written in Starlight

Woven in Moonlight was one of my favorite reads of 2020, I was utterly overwhelmed by the beautiful descriptions of life in Inkasisa and the magic was unlike anything I’d ever read. So of course, Written in Starlight was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 but unfortunately it just didn’t live up forContinue reading “Pub Day Review: Written in Starlight”

REVIEW: Legendborn

“Because broken hearts strip vocabularies down to their raw bones…” —————————————- Holy amazing endings, Batman! When I started this book, I’ll admit for the first third I thought it was ok YA fantasy but then it really started to pick up steam and by the last third, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!In many fantasyContinue reading “REVIEW: Legendborn”

REVIEW: Binti

Binti is a fabulous sci-fi novella that felt like Ray Bradbury visited Wakanda. Binti is a strong female heroine who is trying to figure out who she is in the universe. Is she the dutiful daughter with her parent’s genius mathematical skills destined to take over the family business? Is she an earth-devoted member ofContinue reading “REVIEW: Binti”

Review & Pub Day – The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry

“This wasn’t at all like her ordinary lackadaisical gallops with old friends or perfect strangers. This felt like being a page of old newspaper caught up in a sudden gust of wind.” ——————————— If you read the synopsis for The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry, you might think that it’s a simple sapphic love storyContinue reading “Review & Pub Day – The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry”

Review: Sinking City

Sinking City reminded me of a mash up between Shadowhunters and the Volturi from Twilight (hold on before you judge that… just talking about the structure of magical Italian politics). It’s one of those YA stories that has action from sentence one straight through to the last page. Set in Venice you have all ofContinue reading “Review: Sinking City”