The Darkness Outside Us

This is a sci-fi romance between two teen boys who are on a deep space rescue mission. However, since the most central plot point – the fact that they are two boys – doesn’t make sense to me, and the reasons provided as to WHY it has to be two boys, especially in the context […]

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

I have a definite weakness, and it’s when gods appear in something akin to a human form and live among their subjects. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in them, because they’re real whether you have faith or not. It appeals to my atheist heart. So when this book was announced as Gladiator meets Avatar: […]

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

I really enjoyed this book. At first I was a bit surprised but delighted at how defensive and prickly the main character Trix was. She had a pretty hard life, and had a lot of defensive reflexes making it difficult for her to love and trust others, even when they were working so hard to […]

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Sara Raasch has a very competent writing style, and this book hit everything I love about fantasy. A unique magic system: this one based on botanicals: that’s right, the plants are magic! A brave, strong, selfless heroine A handsome rogue of indeterminate sexuality who is not overtly romantically attracted to […]

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

I really enjoyed this book. Out of the three authors, I have read and enjoyed previous books by Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows, but I’ve never read a Brodi Ashton book yet. Together the three of them combine to something even greater than the sum of their parts: a quick-witted, smartly plotted, adorable historical comedy […]

A Million Worlds With You (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray

This was an epic conclusion to an incredible series. I enjoyed this book so much. Not only did Claudia Gray deliver an incredible story, but Tavia Gilbert, the audiobook narrator, also delivered another impeccable, incredibly emotional performance. I was so heavily invested the entire time that I even shouted so loud my husband heard me […]

Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray

This whole series is proof that I just really don’t care about covers. I’m really sorry, because they are legitimately gorgeous covers, but I didn’t even realise the first book, A Thousand Pieces of You, had two cities represented on it! I just didn’t look that closely because covers are not as important to me […]

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

Don’t you just hate it when you read a book that objectively wasn’t bad, it wasn’t particularly riveting, either? I think I am possibly the wrong audience for this book. Sure, it’s a YA fantasy with a strong female lead, and although I enjoyed it to a point, overall I was not as engaged as […]

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I read and loved the Spellcaster series by this same author last year, and although a lot of people have said they love the cover for this book, I never really looked at it that closely when it was available to borrow from my library. I guess I thought maybe it was too busy? Maybe […]

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

I was looking forward to this book so much, because I love stories about magical girls who save the day, and I also love foxes, so I was super keen to read about a magical girl who had a fox companion and a creepy, cursed forest. Unfortunately I got really sick and was unable to […]

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