Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake

Through the White Wood appealed to me because I love elemental-based magic, especially when it’s ice/water vs fire: I also learned through reading the book that it’s based in an area of Russia centuries ago, except this version of Russia has real magic. I really liked that it was based here, and it was really […]

Slide by Jill Hathaway

I’ve been thinking about this book for a LONG time (as in years) because I love the concept, and I built it up so much in my head and I think I assumed it was going to be SO GOOD… So I was a little surprised to find it was a pretty typical YA paranormal […]

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

I’ve read some of Mary Webber’s previous books, so I know that I enjoy her writing when her characters aren’t full of dumb ideas and even dumber actions. Luckily, To Best The Boys stars a female scientist in the misogynistic world designed to keep her nothing more than a placid housewife, providing for and driving […]

The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

You know what? This is bullshit. I don’t owe anyone anything. I’ve just struggled through a different book that I could tell from the opening pages wasn’t up to the standards I require in my fiction. I wasted six weeks on that book. I finished it. I was not impressed. This time, instead of forcing […]

Navigating the Stars by Maria V Snyder

Although I prefer to read fantasy these days, sci-fi was actually my first love (please don’t tell my fantasy books). I’ve read and loved almost all of Snyder’s books, including her original sci-fi Inside Out, so I was pretty keen to dive into this one, especially since it was starting with a younger, mouthier heroine […]

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Some people will see this as a loving homage to Narnia, with similar elements easily identified: Lucy, Susan and Peter are obviously Evelyn, Philippa, and Jamie, with Aslan recreated in Cervus the stag, and the Woodlands creatures shadows of Narnia natives. Others will see it as a Narnia rip off. For me, I like to […]

Damsel by Elena K Arnold

My friend Emily May called this an ‘’ugly, awful little book” and she’s absolutely right, it is ugly, it is awful, and it is absolutely awesome. I found Damsel to be highly readable once I figured out it was quirky and whimsical (it took me about two pages). I also found it to be serious […]

Allied (Ruined #3) by Amy Tintera

I thought this series as a whole was enjoyable and entertaining. I read a lot of firsts in a series and choose not to continue them, primarily because a) I want to try everything and b) if it’s not spectacular, it’s not worth my time investing in reading the rest. Ruined was spectacular. Avenged was […]

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

I originally received a copy of this book for review from Edelweiss, but I have listened to the audiobook for the purposes of this review.   Marketed as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which is only my favourite fairytale, no big deal, starring a girl in a cloak on the cover and with […]

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