Source: BookCon 2019

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 //
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Vampires and YA have a history.  In the early 2000s, Twilight took the world by storm and everyone and their mom was reading vampire YA.  In fact, Twilight is one of the things that helped solidify YA as a genre.  But the vampire waved burned up in the sun quickly (sparkled up in the sun?) and I think plenty of us look back on that era and cringe.  It’s been taboo ever since. Renée Ahdieh took a risk with The Beautiful. This book was well approached – if I had to compare it with any pre-existing vampire story, I’d say it comes the […]

Posted September 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Homerooms and Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell

Homerooms and Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell

This is definitely not the type of book I would normally pick up for myself.  Even as this ARC has been sneaking closer and closer to the top of my TBR, I’ve found myself dreading it.  It’s just so… solidly… not something I would have chosen, based on the cover and the description? But I gotta be honest, y’all.  Homerooms and Hall Passes was actually pretty entertaining! At no point did this book take itself seriously, and thank goodness for that because if this took itself seriously, it would have been intolerable.  There were a lot of chuckle moments.  Now, right off the […]

Posted September 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Even though I really liked it, The Bone Season was a little all-over-the-place for me. Paige Mahoney’s gift is fascinating – the ability to step outside of herself and move her spirit not only in the world, but into others.  While this is definitely one of those “the main character has this rare and magnificent power!” tropes, I didn’t mind it so much, because she wasn’t the only one.  In The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon introduces her reader to a world where “unnatural” people have incredible psychic and spiritual abilities… whether it’s simple and common like reading tarot, the the rare ability to read […]

Posted September 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

I was on board with this book as soon as I found out it was a YA fantasy western.  I didn’t even need to know the plot – I knew I was there for the aesthetics alone and the rest would com after. I gotta tell you guys, the world Charlotte Nicole Davis built here is AWESOME.  You get hints of a western feeling world in the post-apocalyptic dystopias like LIFEL1K3 and Gunslinger Girl, but The Good Luck Girls isn’t a dystopia and the world stays constant.  I grew up watching old-school westerns with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and while YES these […]

Posted September 19, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

I would like to open this review by touching briefly on how much I liked Morgan Parker’s writing style.  This novel is poetic without being flowery and it all flows together so well.  There was such an amazing balance of description, dialogue, and events and I never felt like I was being “told” something. There’s a lot of pop culture references here, as the book is partially autobiographical.  Morgan Parker also has a great, if subtle, sense of humor that comes through in the constantly-falling-flat jokes.  Nobody in the book seemed to think she was being funny, but I thought […]

Posted September 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //