“Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

I’ve been on a graphic novels kick lately, and absolutely devoured the first volume of Pretty Deadly. Pretty Deadly is a western with a mythic fiction vibe. It’s also tricky to characterize, because the art and storytelling can both be a little confusing at times, especially with such a complex story. But at its core, there isRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “Beauty and Attention” by Liz Rosenberg

Beauty and Attention by Liz Rosenberg is the story of a 1950s New York socialite who feels stifled by the options available to a respectable young lady in society. When Libby Archer is orphaned, she decides to leave New York to visit relatives abroad, even though she has a suitor at home. Libby wants freedom andRead more

“A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab

My book club selected A Darker Shade of Magic as its October read, and overall, I was impressed with the novel. It’s a young adult fantasy novel about alternate versions of London. The protagonist, Kell, lives in Red London, which is the magical London. There’s also Grey London, which is our London and generally devoid ofRead more

“Lady Killer Vol. 1” by Jamie Rich & Joelle Jones

Clearly when I named my blog Books Without Any Pictures I never imagined myself getting into graphic novels. This is kind of a new thing for me still, but I’m digging it. The latest in my lineup is Lady Killer, which was recommended to me by a friend. The plot in a nutshell: A 1950s housewife named Josie moonlightsRead more

“The Vanishing Throne” by Elizabeth May

The Vanishing Throne is the second book in the Falconer trilogy by Elizabeth May. It’s a series about a young woman who defies societal convention to fight the fae, who aren’t the pretty Disney type, but rather are evil incarnate. If you read The Falconer back in 2014 like I did, you’ll probably have completely forgotten the plot. IRead more

“Wonder Women” by Sam Maggs

Wonder Women by Sam Maggs is a collection of vignettes of inspirational women in science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM). The book is divided into 5 main sections: Women of Science, Women of Medicine, Women of Espionage, Women of Invention, Women of Innovation, and Women of Adventure. These sections are interspersed with interviews from currentRead more

“Carmilla” by J Sheridan Lefanu

Carmilla by J Sheridan Lefanu is an early gothic vampire novel published 26 years before Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’ve been curious about Carmilla ever since I first heard about it, and Halloween is quickly approaching, it seemed like the perfect time of year to read it! Carmilla is narrated by Laura, a lonely girl who lives with her father in onRead more

“The Pages of the Mind” by Jeffe Kennedy

The Pages of the Mind is a fantasy romance novel by Jeffe Kennedy. It’s a continuation of her series The Twelve Kingdoms, but is also the start of its own series within that world. The Pages of the Mind also works pretty well as a standalone, because although The Twelve Kingdoms series consists of fantasy romance stories thatRead more

Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Girl Who Fought Napoleon” by Linda Lafferty

The Girl Who Fought Napoleon is a historical fiction novel by Linda Lafferty about a Russian girl named Nadya who cross-dresses in order to join the army and fight in the Napoleonic war. Nadya’s story is interspersed with point-of-view segments from Tsar Alexander as he struggles with balancing his Enlightenment ideals with the harsher reality that accompaniesRead more