There Before the Chaos: Political Sci-Fi At Its Best

There Before the Chaos epitomizes the space opera genre, weaving a complex universe with a powerful protagonist and a story that utilizes political intrigue, space travel, and a strong history. The novel is an extension of an existing universe, but it stands mightily on its own. Wagers is an expert at dialogue and discourse, taking you…

Bloody Rose: Monsters, Mayhem & Rockstars

Bloody Rose is the most fun I’ve had all year. It’s a great equation. Take a well-done fantasy novel filled with monsters, battles, and arena brawls, add in a band of rock star warriors that are worshipped throughout the land and you’ve got Bloody Rose. Everyone from the group brings something different to the table, whether…

Apocalypse Nyx: A Powerful, Conflicted Heroine

Apocalypse Nyx takes us into the world of Hurley’s Bel Dame Apocrypha series, giving us glimpses of the hardened, masterful character across five equally impressive novellas. Though I haven’t read the original trilogy, I feel like this is a great introduction to Nyx. Each story is filled with fight scenes, puzzles, and the dynamics of a…

Broken Metropolis (Book Review)

Broken Metropolis is a complex collection of urban fantasy short stories starring LGBTQ+ characters. Ranging from a living city to a soul-eating convenience store owner to a motorcycle run on magical fumes, the worlds truly shine, highlighting the originality and inventiveness of the authors and the editor. Some stories are stronger than others, but the…

Top 5 July 2018 Favorites

This month’s favorite reads include tourists lost in space, spies in the afterlife, a trippy trek into alternate realities, a warring space opera, and a space exploration ode to female empowerment. Add as many of these to your reading list as you can! 5. Adrift, by Rob Boffard I loved this book. Loved the plot…

Top 5 June 2018 Favorites

It’s my first monthly favorites list, and there have been some great books this month! Below are my top 5 favorites – they’re all unique in their own way and I wholeheartedly recommend them. Passing Strange, by Ellen Clages Review excerpt: This book surprised me. I expected a fantasy novel filled with magic. What I…

Review: Passing Strange

This book surprised me. I expected a fantasy novel filled with magic. What I got was a beautiful love story set in 1940’s San Fransisco, with every word masterfully written. It’s light on the fantasy, but manages to add in a very interesting depiction of the artistic process behind the fun and shocking art plastering…

Review: Time Was

TIME WAS Ian McDonald Tor, 2018 QUICK SUMMARY Man finds a letter in modern day. A gay love story during WWII is revealed. He goes on a search through bookstores and archives, gradually uncovering evidence of time travel. Strong finish with a twist ending. WHY I LOVED IT Subtle love story From the description, I expected…