Category: Reviews

Vortex by Julie Cross

Vortex by Julie Cross

It’s been a couple years since I read Tempest, but the story pulled me in again so quickly.  I have never felt overwhelmed by all the information she gives about the mechanics of time travel, and I never feel like the romance really takes over the story. Also?  This is what should be a New Adult book – a book where the story revolves around a protagonist who is out of high school, but newly into college or embarking on a career.  It feels so perfectly what I want New Adult to be.  … But that’s an aside. Now that I have all […]

Posted October 15, 2019 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes was… exhausting.  This book gets a 3.93 star rating on Goodreads, which is very good for a book that people do not talk about ceaselessly and have intense fandoms for.  There was a lot of promise here, but I cannot in good conscience agree with the masses that this is an almost 4-star book. I’ll start with the good:  the worldbuilding was really cool.  If not for the worldbuilding, I would have DNF’d this novel early on.  In Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch has built an interesting, magical world.  The closest comparison I can come to this type […]

Posted October 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

I expected a lot from The Fifth Season.  Not so much from this book, but from anything written by N.K. Jeminsin.  I have heard a lot about this author and the depth of her worlds.  I wanted a deep fantasy tale with characters that tempt you into their stories.  I wanted a book that teased me never to put it down.  The Fifth Season met my expectations. There is some discourse about the actual genre of The Fifth Season.  I’m going against the grain to say this feels more like science fiction than fantasy to me.  First of all, it’s dystopia, which fits snugly […]

Posted October 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

At the beginning, I was absolutely enthralled with War Girls.  The first hundred pages hooked me.  The characters were interesting and the world building was fascinating.  A lot of science fiction coming out these days feels copy/pasted.  The language and setting feel the same – that’s not the case with War Girls. The science fiction in this book was so refreshing.  It was sharp and technical enough that it felt modern and real… even though it’s set a century in the future.  A lot of sci-fi I’ve read in the last couple years is very comfortable talking about space, but that’s the […]

Posted October 2, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt

What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt

I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. You know, I never really ended up connecting with the characters and the setting didn’t really stand out, but I feel like the story it told was really well done.  It was a little cluttered at times, but it was a good message and what I felt was a realistic – if relatively tame – portrayal of what would happen in this situation. The world is a complicated place, my loves.  People are not always as nice as you think they will be.  Humanity itself is not as […]

Posted October 1, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon feels like a story that belongs in the ancient histories of Midworld. That is to say… if you’ve read the Dark Tower series, King’s voice is familiar here.  He uses terms like “baronies” which I’ve never heard in other fantasy novels.  There is a Roland (our Roland Deschain’s namesake in his own world, perhaps?  Or a coincidence?) and there is a wicked court magician named “Flagg”.  And, of course, we know Flagg from The Stand and the Dark Tower series. Of course, this is a different world and a different time, but there’s always that feel […]

Posted September 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //