“Pretty Deadly Vol. 2: The Bear” by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios

When I read the first trade paperback volume of Pretty Deadly, I was impressed. Pretty Deadly is a Western-style comic that incorporates American mythology amidst gorgeous artwork and lyrical storytelling. I couldn’t put it down, and it was unlike anything I’d read before. Impressive, but also super artsy, and there were points in the story that were aRead more

“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

“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

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

“Blood and Iron” by John Sprunk

Blood and Iron is an epic fantasy novel about three enslaved protagonists who overcome hardship only to be entangled in politics and war.  The main protagonist, Horace, is shipwrecked and forced into slavery.  A chaos storm strikes the caravan, and he discovers his own affinity for lightning.  Jirom is an ex-mercenary who was forced to becomeRead more

“The Talon of the Hawk” by Jeffe Kennedy

The Talon of the Hawk is the third volume in Jeffe Kennedy’s series The Twelve Kingdoms, a collection of fantasy romance novels about three sisters and their struggles to find their place in the world.  Even though this is book three, The Talon and the Hawk can serve as a standalone, although it will spoil some events from previousRead more