REVIEW: Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments

“Thing about my sister is, when she blows her gasket, hot lava fizzes out, and that sh*t scalds like nothing else. But when that lava cools, our island grows a little larger and we find we have new fertile soil in which to grow our relationship.” —————————————- Ropa our ghost-talker is back! Now she hasContinue reading “REVIEW: Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments”

REVIEW: The Atlas Six

I definitely read / ordered this one because of the buzz around it. I think perhaps my expectations were too high, it was a solid story but I wasn’t as wow-ed as I had hoped. The premise is awesome, secret society that holds all of the knowledge of humanity and the magical Medeans. They choose sixContinue reading “REVIEW: The Atlas Six”

REVIEW: The Coldest Touch

I love a good vampire story… this one was a bit unique. Claire is a vampire who shepherds others who are going through the transition for the vampire council. When she is given an assignment to help evolve the new Death Oracle into an asset for them, she is startled by the young high school girlContinue reading “REVIEW: The Coldest Touch”

REVIEW: Klara and the Sun

“Until recently, I didn’t think that humans could choose loneliness. That there were sometimes forces more powerful than the wish to avoid loneliness.” ————————– Klara is an Artificial Friend, when we first meet her she is in the store just hoping to be purchased. We see the depth of her observation about the world, andContinue reading “REVIEW: Klara and the Sun”

REVIEW: In a Garden Burning Gold

In a Garden Burning Gold is a political fantasy in a very mythological world. The ruling family has some unusual powers that they must implement in wholly unique ways. There are four children (100+ year old children LOL) but we mainly follow Alexandros (Lexos) and Rhea who are first born twins within the family. LexosContinue reading “REVIEW: In a Garden Burning Gold”

REVIEW: Together We Burn

Zarela and her family are performers, they stoke the flames of their culture with flamenco dancing and dragon fighting (think bull fighting). When her father is injured and can no longer fight as a Dragonador, Zarela decides to take over his mantle herself to save their family arena. Enter the handsome dragon hunter who isContinue reading “REVIEW: Together We Burn”

REVIEW: The City of Dusk

The City of Dusk is set in a world that is dying. Abandoned long ago by the gods, the heirs to the great houses are hoping for a way to reconnect their realms and reestablish the power which fuels the world.  This one starts off with wayyyy too many characters and the chapters jump fromContinue reading “REVIEW: The City of Dusk”

REVIEW: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

“Don’t chase fate… Let fate chase you.” —————— I’m really loving all of these Far East folklore retellings. Mina is a brave, selfless young girl who sacrifices herself to the Sea God. Each year the town must sacrifice one beautiful young girl as a bride to attempt to appease the vengeful god. This year the town hasContinue reading “REVIEW: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea”

REVIEW: I, Antigone

You’d think after reading Hayne’s Children of Jocasta last year, that I’d have heard all that one needs to understand this complicated family of Greek mythology. But you’d be wrong. This story tells us of Jocasta’s plight, her son and later husband Oedipus and how their union comes to be. But in this case weContinue reading “REVIEW: I, Antigone”

REVIEW: Elektra

As always with Greek mythology – there is no happy ending in sight in Elektra’s story. It’s about a third of the way through before we really meet the titular character and start to understand the burdens of her existence. The beginning of the story sets the scene for the Trojan war, Agamemnon, Clytemnestra andContinue reading “REVIEW: Elektra”