‘On the Lonely Shore’ Short Review

On the Lonely Shore is a fantasy tale that feels like it’s been pulled from a Jane Austen landscape, complete with a distant house, many walks by the seashore, and a sickly young man who harbors a secret future. Their daily routine is unburdened by work or worries of any kind, save for the sickness…

‘The Perfect Assassin’ Review: A Mystery Unfurls At the Desert’s Edge

The Perfect Assassin thrills from page one, presenting a desert world full of mysteries and a family of assassins intent on keeping the balance of a dangerous city. Mystery meets fantasy meets coming-of-age tale, creating a compelling story of one man unsure of his place in this family of trained killers. He’s a complicated character,…

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…

The Mortal Word: A Mystery in History

The Mortal Word returns to the world of the Invisible Library, diving into a mysterious murder that causes the fate of the universe to hang in the balance. Cogman’s smart writing presents a quickly paced detective story that’s both fun and intriguing as the clues come together. I’m new to the series and I had no…

Review: Free Chocolate

Say the words “Space Opera” and I’m there with the popcorn, ready for the ride. Free Chocolate is everything I could have wanted and more, complete with intricate and dramatic characters, dozens of twisting plot lines that lead to a slam-bang finish, and an absurd resource at the center of all the drama: chocolate. This…

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…