“Winterwood” by Jacey Bedford

Winterwood by Jacey Bedford is the first book in the Rowankind series. It features a strong female protagonist, angry fae, and pirates, which are an excellent combination. Although it’s the first book in the Rowankind series, Winterwood is self-contained and forms a complete story arc. Book 2, Silverwolf, is scheduled for release in January. Rossalinde (or Ross)Read more

“Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening” by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Have you ever impulsively purchased a book and then been completely blown away by how mindbogglingly amazing it was? Earlier this summer I was traveling for work, and was horribly sick. In between meetings I stepped into a comic book store and saw the first issue of Monstress. The art was breathtaking, and I immediately grabbedRead more

“Blood Passage” by Heather Demetrios

Blood Passage is the much-anticipated sequel to Exquisite Captive, a novel about a young jinni whose life parallels that of Anastasia Romanov.  I’ve been sitting on this ARC for a while now, and it’s been very hard for me to wait until reasonably close to the publication date to start talking about it. Nalia is a GhanRead more

“Slave of the Sky Captain” by J.M. Guillen

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Slave of the Sky Captain is undoubtedly my favorite thus far in J.M. Guillen’s Lovecraftian saga The Paean of Sundered Dreams.  For any of you who haven’t been following my reviews, The Paean of Sundered Dreams is a series of novellas that are set in the same world and linked together by thematic content.  In each story soRead more

“Acorna” by Anne McCaffrey

  I’ve loved Anne McCaffrey ever since I first discovered her Crystal Singer trilogy when I was in high school.  I’ve long admired McCaffrey’s ability to bring to life strong and competent heroines who are independent and a little bit Type A.  Acorna is no exception. The novel begins when an alien couple’s ship is attacked.Read more

“The Jewel” by Amy Ewing

  The Jewel is a young adult novel set in a world where the privileged social class has become so inbred that they can no longer have their own children.  However, some poor children are born with a genetic mutation that gives them the power to influence an object’s characteristics, including color and growth.  TheseRead more

“The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski

  The Winner’s Curse is a dystopian fantasy novel set in a world that vaguely resembles ancient Rome, but with more ever-so-slightly more  gender equality and with fancier dresses (the cover pretty much sums it up).  Kestrel is a general’s daughter, and as such, she’s forced to choose to either join the military or getRead more