Tag: 5 stars

Book Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Posted January 18, 2017 // 1 Comment
Book Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

It’s a rare thing to reach the final page of a book and simply think: “This is perfect.” Neither is it typical that every single scene of a book is exactly what the story needs, every line of dialogue perfectly attuned to the mood and personality of the speaking character, and ever image perfectly aligned to add to the text’s overall message. More, it’s unusual that a book gives me, […]

Book Review: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Posted December 16, 2016 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

I think the major sticking point with Kindred is the necessary suspension of disbelief that has to happen in order for the reader to participate in the story. It’s a novel where the action is caused entirely by time travel, but Butler gives no explanation as to the hows/whys/wheres of the time travel. It just is. This is absolutely different from any other time travel novel I’ve read, and it […]

Book Review: Conor’s Way by Laura Lee Guhrke

Posted November 11, 2016 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Conor’s Way by Laura Lee Guhrke

Okay okay okay. Suspiciously green 90’s book cover aside, Conor’s Way is not a book to be missed. Trust me, you need this book in your life. This novel takes on everything I love about the romance genre, and Laura Lee Guhrke executes everything to perfection. This, right here, is why I read romance novels and why I love them so damn much. So let’s lay the scene. In the […]

Book Review: Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler

Posted November 8, 2016 // 2 Comments
Book Review: Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler

At its core, Wild Seed seems to be a novel about a patriarchal society’s eugenics program. It is also a story about a woman and her conflict with an amoral mass-murderer. It’s a wearisome, and often hopeless, text. It’s hard to discuss and even harder to digest. Butler is, of course, a magnificent author and it’s only to her credit that she’s written such a complex, ambiguous narrative. For herself, […]

Book Review: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Posted May 25, 2016 // 1 Comment
Book Review: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Sparkling, boozy, and surprisingly subversive: in The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, Genevieve Valentine retells The Twelve Dancing Princesses with feminist, 1920s flapper flair. From the cramped attics of their cruel father’s townhouse to the smoky basement speakeasies, this book follows Jo “The General” and her sisters as they take their lives into their own hands through dance. Written in unique (and highly parenthetical) prose and with excellent attention to […]

Book Review: The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

Posted September 11, 2015 // 3 Comments
Book Review: The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

It begins with a baby in a dumpster. What follows is a spellbinding exploration of the patriarchy at work and how a town can turn against itself, tearing down the children it’s supposed to protect in its search for “justice”. The Unraveling of Mercy Louis is a suspenseful, brutal coming of age story, one that author Keija Parssinen executes with sharp skill. This is the kind of book that creeps […]

Book Review: The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin

Posted August 22, 2015 // 2 Comments
Book Review: The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin

I’ve always like N.K. Jemisin. I’ve been a fan of her books every since I first picked up The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and I really liked every book that came after that. However, I think that this book, The Shadowed Sun, has just blown way past every Jemisin-related standard  I had. This is fantasy at its best, no other way to put it. For me, this was a one-sitting read, and […]

Book Review: Vermilion by Molly Tanzer

Posted July 28, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Vermilion by Molly Tanzer

Okay okay okay. So here’s the thing: Vermilion sounds excellent, but it’s even better in reality. I was completely blown away by this story, by Lou Merriwether as a protagonist, and by how author Molly Tanzer went about it. This book is a wonderfully diverse steampunkish paranormal adventure that was a delight to read—Tanzer really nailed everything here. So, firstly, our protagonist, Lou Merriwether. Lou is a half-Chinese woman living […]

Book Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Posted July 26, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

When I was in middle school, I was absolutely in love with Jennifer L. Holm’s Boston Jane trilogy—it probably would have made all sorts of Favorite Books lists back in the day. A recent re-read has shown me how very excellent that series is even after several years, and I immediately knew I had to try Holm’s more recent novels (the Boston Jane books being over a decade old at […]

Book Review: Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen

Posted July 14, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen

This is a gorgeous novel in verse about Kara, a girl raised in Tianjin, China, by an elderly woman from the United States. Kara was abandoned by her birth mother as an infant due to her abnormally-formed hand, and she’s supposed to be grateful. But more than anything, Kara wants normal. And, maybe, Kara would like to learn to fly. I was absolutely engrossed in Red Butterfly from the first […]

Book Review: Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

Posted June 18, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

Time and time again, Courtney Milan absolutely kills it with her novels. I think at this point it’s safe to say she’s my favorite romance author of all time. Every book of hers that I’ve read is gold. Unclaimed, this second book in the Turner series, far surpasses the first book or the half-step novella that came in between. And surprisingly, this is a book that deals with tropes I […]

Book Review: The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

Posted June 11, 2015 // 2 Comments
Book Review: The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

With graceful prose and impressive vision, Kirsty Logan’s debut novel, The Gracekeepers, combines the delicacy and magic of fairytales with the smart complexity of dystopian fiction, and the end result is a beautiful story of two young women and their fight for a home of their own in a world covered entirely by water. This novel is compelling and inventive from its opening scene—a circus act gone wrong when the […]