Publisher: Wednesday Books

Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

It took me a little while to untangle the threads of this book, but once I did, I thought it was wonderful. Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a story about grief and growth.  Both characters have a mental health condition – Naima has generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) while Andrew “Dew” has PTSD.  Both characters are orphans.  Both characters are trying to process the loss of their parents.  Candace Ganger opens up in the introduction to say that these mental health conditions are one she is or has experienced, and she’s split them into the two […]

Posted September 11, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I have some mixed feelings about The Grace Year.  On one hand, this book is really conceptually interesting. It has some serious The Handmaid’s Tale vibes and it’s atmospherically very creative and interesting.  But The Grace Year tried to do a lot of things all at once and I think it over-reached itself. For starters, the pacing was really weird.  Sometimes, we were able to really absorb the situation and the world, and when the story slowed down, the bits and pieces were excellent.  But there were other places that the story seemed to fast-forward and it was easy to get lost.  I […]

Posted September 4, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Adrienne Young weaves beautiful worlds. Sky in the Deep came as a delightful surprise last year, and ever since, I’ve been looking forward to The Girl the Sea Gave Back.  The cover is exquisite and I was excited to delve back into this world.  There’s something mythical about the mixture for historical fiction and an edge of fantasy in this chilled, foggy landscape.  As with her debut, the world spills on to the page in stunning splashes of color and it’s very easy to be mesmerized. That said, I didn’t feel as though this book was as successful as her debut, and […]

Posted August 22, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

If you’re looking for a deeply dark fantasy world, littered with monsters, then Wicked Saints is for you.  It’s gruesome and gritty and filled with an excellent amount of magic and uncertainty. Our protagonist, Nadya, is the last Cleric.  She has been chosen by the gods to deliver Kalyazin from the endless war with Tranavia and bring the gods back into perspective.  While Nadya is backed by the goddess of death, she is able to commune with all the gods.  This is historically unheard of.  Driven by rage and piety and hopes of revenge, Nadya follows the mysterious Malachiasz into the heart […]

Posted March 27, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a popular, successful author, and I hate to confess I haven’t read anything by her until now.  When I received The Gilded Wolves from NetGalley, it was so long after my request that I had forgotten that I requested it.  As some of you may know, I stopped requesting ARCs in the spring because I wanted to focus on the books I already own.  I’m very grateful to have gotten the opportunity to read this book early, because I am hooked on Chokshi now. The Gilded Wolves is a steampunk novel, set in an alternate Paris.  There’s magic […]

Posted January 4, 2019 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

I’m not sure what I like best in Sky in the Deep:  the characters, the setting, the love story, or the plot. I think it’s very rare for a novel to hit all the points perfectly.  Most novels will have amazing characters in a riveting plot, but lose something in the worldbuilding.  Or else, they’ll be in these gorgeous fantasy worlds, but the pacing will be so frustrating.  I really can’t think of anything to criticize about Sky in the Deep.  It’s an easy book to fall in love with. Eelyn is an Aska warrior, fierce and brave.  Everything four years, her […]

Posted October 15, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //