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Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

Solving for M by Jennifer Swender

I’ve never seen a book quite like Solving for M, and frankly?  It was fantastic. Solving for M is a very specific type of story.  It’s about Mika, a fifth-grader nervous about going to a new school and being in different classes than her best friend.  The story starts with Mika in her new math class, and the teacher tells them to bring a “math journal”.  And then he eats a candle.  The story in itself is about change and adaptation and courage.  I didn’t expect this book to confront cancer, especially not in Mika’s immediate family.  So not only do […]

Posted May 15, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

I’ve read a few Anastasia retellings in the last year (Heart of Iron and LIFEL1K3) but this is the one I’ve been waiting for. Listen, I’m all for science fiction.  I like sci-fi.  But my heart belongs to fantasy and Nadine Brandes’ retelling has hints of magic, historical fiction, and alternate history.  This is the Anastasia retelling I’ve been trying to find for a couple years.  So let me tell you why, outside the genre, I love it. Nadine Brandes’s Fawkes received a bit of love from the blogging community last year.  I was never supremely interested in Fawkes, but now that I’ve […]

Posted April 25, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

So.  Middlegame. I have a lot of feelings about this book, and I bounced back and forth a lot about whether or not I enjoyed it.  Middlegame is a really smart book, filled with impressive research.  Asphodel Baker wanted to change the world by taking humanity to the Impossible City and giving us a utopia… but her successor, Reed, wants to use the Impossible City to rule the world.  Reed has spent his career engineering twins to embody the doctrine.  When he loses control of the one set of “cuckoos”, he sends his executioner out to solve the problem, but […]

Posted April 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
King of Fools by Amanda Foody

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

In Ace Of Shades, Erienne Salta liked dresses and devoured cookies like they were oxygen.  She was naive and interesting and determined and had grit. I miss that Enne.  Because in King Of Fools, our protagonists seem like entirely different people.  Levi is all over the place, and the charm that made me enjoy him in the first book seems to be lost now because Levi’s just a hot mess.  The darling bite of his personality seem to have shifted to Jac.  And Lola, so full of promise? She faded to the background.  We have a lot of new faces […]

Posted April 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Upon a Burning Throne starts out with potential.  It tells the story of the succession of a kingdom – two children born to the royal family.  One child is born blind, the other a child with albinism.  The nobility is at first aghast, for these are not “normal” children.  Nonetheless, the burning throne claims both children as heirs.  A third child, the daughter of an outcast brother of the regent, is presented.  The burning throne accepts her too, but the royal family doesn’t, and her father swears revenge. The story sets itself to be a fight for the throne between […]

Posted April 3, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

I want to start off this review by refuting the claim that it’s a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones.  I honestly believe that got me in the wrong mindset from the beginning, because that comparison left me wanting so much more.  Descendant of the Crane features a fairly messed up royal family, but otherwise, this is its own thing. The opening of the story is great.  We start just after the death of the king.  The atmosphere is gloomy and unpredictable, even dangerous.  The main characters steal into a disreputable district to seek forbidden magic.  It’s a great beginning.  It pulled me […]

Posted March 28, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //