Site Updates:

Three things:

First: I have no idea how to post anymore. I have too many reviews for too few days. I am thinking of switching to a system that releases multiple reviews a day, and limit them to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The problem I’m having is how many reviews a day is too many? Any thoughts?

Second: I am working on getting a new theme. While I really like dark mode, I just don’t feel like it looks as together as I want it to. It should be up soon. Hopefully it will look better to everyone like it does to me!

Third: Updated Master Review page, Master Discussion page. Added Master Advanced Review Copy page by request.

Series Reviews/Genre Pages Updates:

Science Fiction:

The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier by Jack Campbell Average Rating: 80 points, 4 ¼ stars. Captain John “Black Jack” Geary is back, and now he is returned to his admiral status. The Alliance fears him and his potential to stage a coup and have the people follow him. So they have a job for him: take the fleet, and learn more about the mysterious aliens known as the Enigmas. That’ll keep him busy and far, far away from Alliance space.

Sirantha Jax by Ann Aguirre Average Rating: 79 points, 4 ¼ stars. Sirantha Jax has a rare gene to allow her to jump ships through grimspace. After being accused of creating an accident and surviving, she is broken out. Now she joins up with a group of rogue fighters who want her help overthrowing the established order. But when everything goes wrong, plans change. People change. And the galaxy changes.

Urban Fantasy:

Deadtown by Nancy Holzner Average Rating: 83 points (4 ¼ stars). Victory Vaughn is a demon hunter and a shapeshifter. Victory lives in Deadtown, a special area inside Boston which was ground zero for the zombie plague (only don’t call them that, they’re previously deceased humans!), with the designation “demi-human”. There is also a demonic force threatening Boston, one who has a history with Vicky. 

Ghost Roads by Seanan McGuire Average Rating: 77 points (4 stars). The Girl in the Diner, The Phantom Prom Date, The Girl in the Green Silk Dress, The Ghost of Sparrow Hill Road. They are all of the same person. Well, they are all the same ghost. Rose Marshall is dead, but she doesn’t let that stop her. Run off the road in 1952 by Bobby Cross, Rose is still running. Bobby still wants her. What is she going to do about that?

Nocturne City by Caitlin Kittredge Average Rating: 55 points, 3 stars. Luna Wilder is a lone werewolf and a cop. Together with her questionable taste in men and logic processes, Luna solves a variety of supernatural crime in a world that may or may not know that the supernatural exists. It is unclear.

Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent Average Rating: 75 points, 4 stars! Kaylee Cavanaugh sometimes suffers panic attacks. Then she screams when she sees a woman in a bar, and soon finds that this only happens when a person nearby is going to die soon. That is when she learns she is a Bean Sidhe, and her entire life changes. She isn’t crazy anymore, she is just different. Now she has a boyfriend she loves and is super popular! Wait, What is a demon?

Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire Average Rating: 91 points, 4 ¾ stars! Under certain conditions, childrens can slip through the cracks of the world, through the shadows and through doorways into lands that are at once magical and fearful. Where they go is Home. And sometimes they come back. That is what Miss Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children is for. To create a place for children who must cope with just wanting to go home. 

Fantasy:

The Witch King by Nancy Holland Average Rating: 69 points (3 ½ stars). A world spent by perpetual war, leading to wandering tribes of people. Thalgor hopes for more, he wants to build a town. Erwyn is a witch, and Thalgor will use Erwyn to help his people, in any way he can. Neither anticipate falling in love.

Discussions:

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Strix’s Reviews:

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky, book 1 of Children of Time

Mini Review: Children of Time is one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve read recently, and it’s had a surprisingly good aftertaste, as the ideas and themes presented have lingered and made me love the book more than I did when I finished it. Humans, in the far future, make a nanovirus to uplift monkeys, so that when they terraform a planet, it’ll be occupied by friendly aliens they can befriend and exploit.

Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh, book 2 of Guild Hunter

Mini Review: I won’t call this the best PNR I’ve ever read, but it’s up there and if you can make it through Angel’s Blood you absolutely need to read this one. It’s a warm hug coupled with some awful murders.

keikii’s Reviews:

Advanced Review: The Nothing Within by Andy Giesler

Mini Review: Amazing story of a young woman who doesn’t fit the world she grew up in. Set in a world long after technology, when people are fearful of anything new or different. Well worth the read.

Advanced Review: Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe, book 1 of the Protectorate

Mini Review: I loved this so much. Two people, separated by history, connected by family. One, a hurt soldier woken two hundred years after battle, to find her planet was destroyed. The other a politician, trying to find his sister. And one amazing, lovable AI.

New Release: Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs (book 11 of Mercy Thompson)

Mini Review: This was amazing. It was a return to the best parts of the series, to me. I loved it.

New Release: Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse (book 2 of the Sixth World)

Mini Review: Not thrilled with this one. It picks up shortly after the first book, and then doesn’t really do anything with it.

Free Fiction: The Hydraulic Emperor by Arkady Martine

Mini Review: Great short story about obsession and sacrifice.

Series: The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb: Assassin’s Quest

Mini review: An absolutely amazing, beautifully written, character-driven epic fantasy. Hobb knows how to write characters and make me sob.

Series: Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, Ancillary Mercy

Mini Review: Very interesting series that I like, but it kept going into places I didn’t want it to go. Features a spaceship who wants revenge.

Series: The Lost Stars by Jack Campbell: Tarnished Knight, Perilous Shield, Imperfect Sword, Shattered Spear

Mini Review: Good spinoff of The Lost Fleet, if you can get past the fact that this is King Arthur themed. Features the Syndicate planet of Midway Star System as they break away from the Syndicate and become independent.

Series: Sirantha Jax by Ann Aguirre: Grimspace, Wanderlust, Doubleblind, Killbox, Aftermath, Endgame

Mini Review: Terrible but I loved reading it. Can’t describe why, other than I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff. Space opera with a main character addicted to space travel, a boyfriend who “understands” her, and the bestest friend in the whole wide galaxy.

Series: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow, Children of God

Mini Review: Tears. Pain. Despair. Heartache. Amazing. Jesuit priest, Emilio, learns of a transmission from space of a group of aliens they dub “The Singers”. What they find when he travels there, and what happens to him, are… 😭. Definitely read this.

Standalone: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

Mini Review: Interesting take on time travel. Sets up an interesting story, and then doesn’t follow through. I wanted to like it, but ended up just feeling “meh” overall.