Tag: 2018 Debut Authors Challenge

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

I have a historically sordid history with steampunk novels – I am drawn to them, but I rarely love them.  The exception, of course, has been Etiquette & Espionage, which I thought was a hoot.  It wasn’t the steampunk elements that drew me to Ink, Iron, and Bone – this time, it was the promise of someone with the ability to create worlds. Unfortunately, this didn’t really pan out for me either.  I feel like there’s some irony in this – for a book about scriptologists (world writers), the world building itself was unsatisfying.  Clare does a lot of telling and not […]

Posted September 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

I really, really, really wanted to love this book.  I think the name is brilliant.  I adore the cover art.  I loved that it was a book with a bi (possibly lesbian? Jury’s out because Danny herself isn’t sure yet) character and eating disorders.  All sorts of really heavy, important topics and I wanted it to be really good. It just… wasn’t good.  It wasn’t the fit I was looking for, though I can’t really decide if it’s because the book wasn’t well-written, or if it just wasn’t what I wanted from it.  I guess I’ll go with the latter… because it’s quite possible […]

Posted September 12, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal

Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal

I was so, so excited when I got this book on Netgalley because I am ALWAYS down for a good necromancer story.  When I read Reign of the Fallen earlier this year, it was a beautiful relief to read such a good necromancer story!  I wanted more!  I needed more!  Twice Dead was… not quite what I was looking for. As a whole, it’s not bad, per se.  There are a lot of bits in this story that really, really bother me. When we meet Naya, she’s on the top deck of her father’s merchant vessel and has been charged with a mission. […]

Posted September 10, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

I am going to do my darnedest to explain why I didn’t like this book, but a lot of other people will.  Perhaps you will love it!  Ignite the Stars is a space-based, science-fiction novel that will appeal to a lot of readers.  There were just some things that didn’t work for me.  That doesn’t make it bad.  It just made it … disappointing. There are some spoilers, y’all, so be wary.  Mostly character-related, but I wanted to warn you. To start off, I like the concept of following a young rebellion leader through the cosmos while she rescues the galaxy from an […]

Posted August 29, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War is an Asian-inspired fantasy with an Asian protagonist, and right now in the world of fantasy, these are incredibly rare.  That reason – if no other – is a good one to pick up this novel. Fang Runin is a different sort of protagonist than I’m accustomed to finding in books like these.  She’s driven and smart, but not in a Hermione-esque where learning comes naturally to her. Rin has to work very hard to keep pace with her peers.  Her birth and raising has not disposed her to this sort of life, and so, she must put […]

Posted August 20, 2018 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan

Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan

An unprecedented number of chapters in this book end with the character losing consciousness. I know that’s an odd way to begin a review, but stick with me here.  It’s just one of the many ways Catching Stars irked me.  I don’t typically notice patterns like that when I’m reading – I’m more of the sort of person to get pulled into the story and get annoyed with the characters or something like that.  When something breaks the flow, I notice, and it crawls under my skin.  The writer needs to be exceptional in some way afterwards to pull me back in. […]

Posted August 8, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //