The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang Review

Emma, you ask me. Why are you writing this review at 3 am on a Thursday? The answer is because I literally could not put this book down until I absolutely had to. I say “absolutely had to” because, for the first time ever, I have DNF a book at 85%. Not because it wasContinue reading “The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang Review”

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier Review

I think the aspect of this book that most aptly sums up my feelings about it is the fact that the main character’s older sister spends about half of the novel literally dying because she’s so in love with a sadboi Changeling. The only characters I remotely enjoyed in this novel were Jena (and then only sometimes)Continue reading “Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier Review”

Home by Nnedi Okorafor Review

While Binti dealt with introducing its namesake protagonist and charting her traumatic journey to Oomza University along with the alien Okwu, Home expanded upon themes of family and identity while also dealing with a topic that I think isn’t touched upon nearly enough in contemporary SFF: dealing with the aftermath of trauma. There is a definite CW for PTSDContinue reading “Home by Nnedi Okorafor Review”

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H. G. Parry Review

Thank you to the publicist for sending me an ARC! Regardless of my rating, I have to start this off by saying: what H. G. Parry has accomplished is impressive. This book clearly took an enormous amount of research and planning, and the final product is absolutely a reflection of that time, effort, and dedication.Continue reading “A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H. G. Parry Review”

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan Review

A wonderful return to the world of Percy Jackson (even if the titular hero is absent for this one). Having just finished The Battle of Olympus, I loved how I could see bits of Riordan’s set up for this series even then. I have such a vivid memory of my best friend and I literallyContinue reading “The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan Review”

The Secret History by Donna Tartt Review

“What are the dead, anyway, but waves and energy? Light shining from a dead star?” The story: At its very, very bare minimum this story is a whodunit murder mystery told in reverse: we are told of the crime, the victim, and the murders on the very first page; a group of students in aContinue reading “The Secret History by Donna Tartt Review”