Three Mini Reviews: Bad Witch Burning, Iron Widow and The Last Graduate

Okay, so aside from all three being fantasy (Iron Widow is science fiction, it's a stretch, I'm going for it), and the fact that The Last Graduate is adult not YA (surprise!), these three are in a review together for two reasons: 1) I am behind and have been procrastinating on these reviews and need … Continue reading Three Mini Reviews: Bad Witch Burning, Iron Widow and The Last Graduate

Skulls on skulls on skulls

Imagine me cruising through Goodreads and seeing an interesting image pop up over and over again. I love looking at cover trends, because they are just so fascinating. It's like that black snake that was everywhere a couple years ago—who decides these things? Is it planned across publishing houses, or something they do to try … Continue reading Skulls on skulls on skulls

Book Review: This Poison Heart

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron 🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺/5 Briseis has a gift: she can grow entire plants from next to nothing. It's a gift she's had to tamp down and keep secret, because plants like her and she doesn't want another Incident to happen. She's down for chilling through a quiet summer in the city—working at … Continue reading Book Review: This Poison Heart

Sci Fi Friday: 30+ SFF Books by Asian and Pacific Islander Authors

May is National Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and while this is a US-national month, I'd like to focus on Asian and Pacific Islander authors from all over the world as well as in the US. Asian hate crimes and attacks have been on the rise over the past year, particularly attacks on elders and women. … Continue reading Sci Fi Friday: 30+ SFF Books by Asian and Pacific Islander Authors

Upcoming SFF YA Fiction, April-June 2021

Check out some of my most anticipated YA SFF releases for the second quarter of the year! There are so many! And so many look fantastic! While there are some releases by favorites like Akemi Dawn Bowman, Brittney Morris, Charlie Jane Anders, and Naomi Novik, there are some new (and also new to me) authors … Continue reading Upcoming SFF YA Fiction, April-June 2021

Book Review: The Gilded Ones

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna 🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺/5 Trigger Warning: Graphic murder (on page), sexual assault (off page), racism, xenophobia Deka is a young woman coming of age in Otera, a kingdom that values the purity of its women. Pure women bleed red, and young women are forbidden to bleed from fifteen until they are proven … Continue reading Book Review: The Gilded Ones

Book Review: A Deadly Education

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik 🌺🌺🌺🌺/5 The Scholomance is a school like no other. There are no teachers. There are no vacations. There are no friendships. There are only magical students, locked up to learn to protect themselves against a world that wants to devour their powerful essences. And El is the most deadly … Continue reading Book Review: A Deadly Education

Book Review: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix 🌺🌺🌺/5 It's a 1983 that's kinda different from actual 1983, but not by much? Either way, Susan Arkshaw is off to London to find her father, who she has never met. After her first lead goes way south, she stumbles into Merlin, a left-handed bookseller who topples … Continue reading Book Review: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London