Point of Sighs by Melissa Scott

This book was a delightful surprise--not the fact that it was so good, but the fact that it exists. I read the first three books in Scott's delightful Astreiant series last summer, and assumed that would be it. Scott and her partner wrote the first two books way back in 1990s and early 2000s. After... Continue Reading →

The Jumbies by Tracy Baptiste

Robin Miles is one of my favorite audiobook narrators of all time, and I'll pretty much listen to anything she narrates. I stumbled upon this delightful middle garden novel, inspired by Caribbean folklore, when searching for audiobook books under 5 hours (though this one is just over), and I was not disappointed. Eleven year old... Continue Reading →

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

For me, this was a case of the book not living up to the hype. I enjoyed it--mostly--but I was not especially impressed by it, and in the end, the unsatisfying and frustrating bits outweighed the gorgeous world-building and smart racial commentary. The book takes place in a Nigerian-inspired fantasy kingdom. Magic has been wiped... Continue Reading →

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

This book has gotten a lot of hype, which is the sort of thing I tend to ignore, but it's also right up my alley: a book about fairytales. Seventeen year old Alice has lived a vagrant existence with her mother all her life, never staying in one place for long, always running from the... Continue Reading →

Sovereign by April Daniels

Sovereign is the second book in April Daniels' Nemesis series. I enjoyed, but did not love, the first book, and hadn't planned to pick up the second, but after reading some great reviews, I decided to give it a try. While there were elements of this book that I loved, it dragged, and despite many... Continue Reading →

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