Review: A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

“Why do these colonizers always claim what isn’t theirs?” A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark Can this also be a review of the previous two novellas set in the same universe? Can it? Oh well, I guess it already is. Because see, P. Djèlí Clark is so vivid, so genuine and distinctive in worldbuilding … Continue reading Review: A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

Review: Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

"Phoenix Extravagant for destructive power, as befits an engine of war.” Phoenix Extravagant, Yoon Ha Lee Phoenix Extravagant is a steampunk fairytale set in a world inspired by Korea under Japanese occupation, with a magic system based on color pigments and a scene-stealing mechanical dragon.  Gyen Jebi is a reluctant, even obstinate hero at times. As … Continue reading Review: Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Review: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It’s one thing to come across a book that I love to the point where it shapes my identity, it’s another when I come across an author whose any and all works I feel compelled to read. My relationship with Silvia Moreno Garcia’s books (I have so far read two, three more are on my TBR) are much softer, but sturdier. What I mean to say is that with The Beautiful Ones, I became convinced that any genre Moreno-Garcia might dip her toes in, I would be more than happy to follow. She is an auto-buy author now. Because see, The Beautiful Ones bear no similarities to Moreno-Garcia’s other novel I have read, Mexican Gothic, though they share the same character-driven quality and the kind of prose that switches between the characters’ inner worlds and the narrative itself naturally. It’s possible to see this in The Beautiful Ones as well, in the way Valerie’s malicious thoughts about Nina seep through the narration or how Nina feels about Valerie in return. 

Review: The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm

Pinocchio meets Frankenstein in this dark fairy tale retelling where a young girl is commissioned to build an assassin for a dark-hearted tyrant. Impressed by the work of the puppetmaster and his apprentice, Tavia’s ruler, The Margrave, has ordered dozens of life-size marionette soldiers to be sent to Wolfspire Hall. When the orders for more soldiers come in … Continue reading Review: The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm

[GUSH!!] Review: The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang

“Fire and water looked so lovely together. It was a pity they destroyed each other by nature.”AKA the most Rin/Nezha quote ;-; In my review of The Poppy War, the first book in the series, I wrote I’d move straight onto The Dragon Republic but well, let me just say that I’ve been dreading it … Continue reading [GUSH!!] Review: The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang