“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
"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
There are many aspects of this book to get excited about, which I was, at the beginning. The premise, the setting, everything… my enjoyment then hinged upon how the author executed the concept. I think it’s safe to say that Chloe Gong not only knocked it out of the park, but also gained a new enthusiastic reader in me.
What a strong debut! The Bone Shard Daughter was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. What drew me in was the interesting magic system and the promise of an immersive story with different POV characters who each have something to contribute to the overarching storyline.
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.
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
Hello friends! August slipped away so quickly that I can only hope the rest of the year will move a bit slower. I want to enjoy the fall, feel cozy and read more in September because I only ever read *checks notes* four books this month. Five if I finish Harrow the Ninth by next … Continue reading Small Life Update + Review: The Greenhollow Duology by Emily Tesh
Hey everyone, it is my stop at the Court of Lions blog tour! Many thanks to Flatiron Books and the ever-amazing Shealea over at Caffeine Book Tours for the chance. I read Mirage, which had been on my TBR for ages, in preparation for this tour recently. You can read my review of the first … Continue reading Blog Tour: Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud + GIVEAWAY!
This blog was selected to participate in Caffeine Book Tours' Court of Lions blog tour! You can expect my review of the second book in the series on August 6th, meanwhile I caught up by reading Mirage. “All may see the stars, but few will see their forebears.”Mirage by Somaiya Daud Mirage is a fast-paced, … Continue reading Review: Mirage by Somaiya Daud
“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