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Reviews of both new release and older books from many different genres including science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and nonfiction.

Pretty in Punxsutawney Is a Fitting Tribute to John Hughes Films in Book Form

If you could do one day over, what would you do differently? Would you spend time with your loved ones and let them know how much they mean to you? Would you get revenge on those who’ve hurt you? Would you use this do-over for selfish purposes, or would you try to change things for the better? That moral dilemma is at the center of Laurie Boyle Crompton’s new book, Pretty in Punxsutawney, a love letter to the iconic John...

A Curse So Dark and Lonely Is a New Take on a Tale as Old as Time

Beauty and the Beast really is a tale as old as time. First published in 1740, it has since spawned numerous adaptations, from the wildly popular Disney film to Beastly, the dark and brooding urban retelling by Alex Flinn. Brigid Kemmerer has added to this list with A Curse So Dark and Lonely. While it introduces new elements to this already familiar tale, the underlying message of inner beauty and love conquering all is still very much present throughout. Disclaimer: I...

Bookishly Ever After Is the Fluffy Romance We All Need Right Now

I’m a self-proclaimed book nerd. I currently have well over 2,300 titles on my Goodreads account, and about 85 percent of those are on my “To Read” list. In high school and college, I devoted hours to immersing myself in my favorite fandoms and writing fanfiction in which I’d be romanced by my favorite characters. While I do enjoy my share of fantasy stories and the occasional sci-fi epic, my absolute favorite stories to read are, not surprisingly, ones...

My Own Devices Explores Dessa’s Relationship with Love, Heartache, Science, and Music

Dessa’s book My Own Devices has been towards the top of my list of books I have been most excited for this year. Dessa is best known as a rapper and a singer. Not only did she grow up in Minneapolis, she started her music career with Doomtree, a hip-hop collective based out of Minneapolis. My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love is Dessa’s memoir. Stylistically, her memoir is compiled as a group...

Marissa Meyer’s Archenemies Favors Romance and Secrets Over Action

I was unbelievably excited for Archenemies. I read the first book in the series, Renegades, back in January and fell in love. I was looking forward to another book that would continue the stories of Adrian Everhart and Nova Artino, and I hoped that all of my burning questions would finally be answered after over half a year of waiting. Archenemies, unfortunately, was a bit of a letdown. Maybe I had psyched myself up too much. Maybe, because I was reading...

City of Ghosts Is a Perfect October Ghost Story

In October, I often get in the mood for a ghost story. City of Ghosts, a spooky middle grade fiction book by Victoria Schwab, fit the bill for me. It is the story of Cassidy Blake, who has the ability to see ghosts and to visit the realm of spirits. Her parents are paranormal investigators who relocate to Edinburgh, Scotland, to film a television show about haunted cities. Her best friend happens to be a ghost named Jacob. Once they...

5 Questions for Marissa Meyer to Answer in Archenemies

When most people think of November, they think of elections, Thanksgiving, and sweater weather. When I think of November, I think of book release dates. We are now mere weeks away from the release of Archenemies, the second installment in the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer. Best known for the Lunar Chronicles, her fairy-tale sci-fi series, Meyer has continuously won over fans for the past six years with her attention to detail and diverse characters. Previously sticking mostly to adaptations and retellings,...

Lost Gods Is the Captivating Story of an Assassin’s Mythic Quest

This summer I discovered the publisher Angry Robot, which has a variety of science-fiction and fantasy books listed in its online catalog that piqued my interest. Lost Gods was one of the books that I felt compelled to read. This novel by Micah Yongo tells the story of the young warrior Neythan and the men that he grew up with. They have all been trained to join the Shediam, a brotherhood of assassins, but just when they are finally ready...

Spinning Silver Spins a Complex Tale of Debts

When I worked at a bookstore in high school, my manager always said, “You cannot tell a book by its cover, but you can sure sell a book by its cover.” The cover of Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver, a loose adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, beckoned to me; a woman releasing pieces of gold from one hand to another gave me the perception of a woman in control of her own life. The light-blue background with white drops of snow accompanied...

She Is the End Brings Rich Storytelling to New Adult Fiction

Truthfully, I have never sat down and watched an episode of Firefly. How do I know that the newest local sci-fi book I read She Is the End by A. C. Weston is like Firefly? From what I can gather and read on the Internet: Firefly brings together a group of people who are all unique and add a special flare to the team. She Is the End is similar but adds space witches, hired assassins, and a conspiracy theorist to the mix. She Is the End is...
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