book review: gods of jade and shadow

NetGalley was kind enough to send me a copy of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s The Beautiful Ones last year, and they’ve done it again with God of Jade and Shadow. As with The Beautiful Ones, my favorite part of Gods of Jade and Shadow was how each character was distinctly and uniquely themselves and, above all, human. From the headstrong Casiopea who is […]


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book review: empress of forever

There I was, minding my own business and going to work like an adult, not thinking about NetGalley at all. But one day, they said that I could read an excerpt Empress of Forever, the new Max Gladstone novel right now, so of course I downloaded it immediately. And let me tell you, that was very nice of […]

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book review: ranger confidential

A friend recently handed me “Ranger Confidential” by Andrea Lankford and told me I had to read it. Now, I am neither outdoorsy nor have I visited that many parks, but this book was a fun read. Over the course of the vignettes, Lankford introduces us to a colorful cast of characters, from the overly […]

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review: the plastic magician

The Plastic Magician is the standalone followup to the Paper Magician trilogy and was just as much a delight as the first three. One reader has described this series as “cozy fantasy”, which I find to be particularly apt! In this story, Alvie migrates from the United States to the UK in pursuit of her apprenticeship […]

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book review: shadowsong

“It is not the wolves you need fear, but the sheep skins they wear.” In S. Jae-Jones’ Shadowsong, the sequel to the spellbinding Wintersong, we meet Liesl as she tries to navigate yet another new world–her own. From the splendors of Vienna to the harsh country of Bavaria, we follow Lisel through her efforts to free her […]

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book review: uprooted

You know those books/days where you start reading in the morning, when it’s bright and the birds are singing and then, the next thing you know it’s been dark for hours and you’ve just finished the book? And you’ve got that confused, fuzzy feeling like you’ve been unceremoniously booted back into consciousness, but you’re still […]

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review: tess of the road

In Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess sets out to instantly subvert this order of things as soon as she can, and of course has many great adventures on the way as she comes of age […]

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