“The Word for World is Forest” by Ursula K. LeGuin

I’ve seen a lot of interest on Twitter in the past few weeks in Ursula LeGuin’s work. She’s one of my favorite authors for a reason–her science fiction novels provide a lens into our own world, and are deeply thoughtful. They come from an anthropological perspective, rather than straight-up adventure, and every time I readRead more

Mini-Review: Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey

Over the past couple months, I participated in a little over half of a readalong of Naamah’s Kiss before the world went crazy and I stopped getting anything productive accomplished on my blog. I did finish the book though, and wanted to post a brief review with overall impressions. The basic premise of Naamah’s Kiss is that a druidic nomadRead more

“Caraval” by Stephanie Garber

If you’re trying to hide under blankets and read a YA novel that’s fun but not too real (cause let’s face it, dystopias are a little too real right now), then Caraval by Stephanie Garber is an excellent choice. It’s kind of like a weird mashup between The Hunger Games, Austenland, Alice in Wonderland, and a circus.Read more

Mini-Review: “Death Vigil” by Stjepan Šejić

Death Vigil is a graphic novel by Stjepan Šejić about the Grim Reaper and her army who fight against a great darkness that threatens our world. Stjepan Šejić is the same author who wrote Sunstone, and I’d been itching for a chance to try some of his other work. Death Vigil does not disappoint. The book largely alternates between two mainRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

Last summer I took an epic road trip up the coast with a few friends on our way to a wedding in New Hampshire. On the way back, we stopped in Salem, Massachusetts, and I fell in love with the city–and not just the kitschy witchy bits. Between the overall atmosphere, the herb shops (IRead more

“On the Sickle’s Edge” by Neville D. Frankel

On the Sickle’s Edge is a multigenerational saga by Neville Frankel that chronicles the story of a Jewish family through the rise and fall of the former Soviet Union. The story of the Shtein family spans many decades and three continents, and provides a glimpse into how ordinary people lived through turbulent periods of history. TheRead more

Review and Giveaway: “Congress of Secrets” by Stephanie Burgis

After Napoleon’s defeat, world leaders and aristocrats gathered for the Congress of Vienna in order to negotiate peace between the world’s powers. In Congress of Secrets, Stephanie Burgis reimagines what the Congress of Vienna would be like if dark alchemy was in play. The story alternates between two major protagonists. Caroline Wyndham is an English heiressRead more

Blog Tour: “The Darkest Torment” by Gena Showalter

Does the thought of a sexy bad boy demon falling in love with a mortal woman appeal to you? What about hell puppies? Then The Darkest Torment should be right up your alley. It’s the newest installment in the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter, and is also a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, whichRead more