Tag: 2018 Debut Authors Challenge

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Posted October 18, 2018 in Reviews // 5 Comments

I think Heretics Anonymous is a really important book to have out there, and I think that a lot of people will be offended by it. Please take this all with a grain salt, because with anything controversial, personal experiences tends to shade the review.  I am going to try really hard not to discuss too much theology here, because I feel like that will lead to arguments, and this is a book review blog.  That said, I think a little background on my own experience is required to give a fair frame for this review.  I’ll keep it as brief as possible. […]

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Posted October 15, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

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 […]

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Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Posted September 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

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 […]

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Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

Posted September 12, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

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 […]

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Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal

Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal

Posted September 10, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment

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. […]

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