Reviews
Book Review

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Heir Affair

TW: Miscarriage, infertility The Heir Affair is the follow up to 2015’s debut The Royal We, a book I enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, while the humor and the narrator’s voice still worked for me, there was no character growth at all in The Heir Affair. A lot of things happen in the book, but the three main characters, Bex, Nick and Freddie all end up at pretty much the same place they started at. First of … Continue reading The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Book Review

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Relentless Moon

The Relentless Moon is part of the wonderful Lady Astronaut series. I recommend reading it after reading The Calculated Stars and The Fated Sky but if you do jump in you should get enough backstory in The Relentless Moon to catch you up. However, you will miss the overall flow of events and you’ll miss some emotional payoff. The premise of this series is that a meteor strikes Chesapeake Bay in 1952. In the aftermath, … Continue reading The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

Book Review

Or What You Will by Jo Walton

Or What You Will

Content warning: There is an emotionally abusive parent. There is a very realistic and rather grim depiction of an abusive marriage. And there is either a miscarriage or an abortion – we never really find out which. Every so often I read a book, and as I read I start making a list of all the people I know who will love this book and then I keep reading and writing down more names, and … Continue reading Or What You Will by Jo Walton

Book Review

Haunted Heroine by Sarah Kuhn

Haunted Heroine

After three novels and a novella, you’d think I’d run out of new things to say about the Heroine Complex series, but the fourth book, Haunted Heroine, found new ways to surprise and delight me. This series involves a group of women, some with superpowers, who fight paranormal manifestations in San Francisco and who form a family. There’s Evie Tanaka, her sister Bea, Evie’s best friend Annie Chang AKA Aveda Jupiter, and trainer and bodyguard … Continue reading Haunted Heroine by Sarah Kuhn

Book Review

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Before this year, I didn’t pay attention to YA fiction releases. Frankly, I didn’t think they would speak to me, since I haven’t been part of the target demographic in more than 20 years. After having spectacular luck with The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea, You Should See Me in a Crown, and now Girl, Serpent, Thorn, I am here to eat my words because these three are some of the best books I’ve … Continue reading Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Other Media Review

Movie Review: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

How do I even begin to review Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga? There were parts of it that made me squee with delight, and parts that made me laugh because they were so true, and also parts that made me just cringe in horror and want to hide under the couch or throw things at the TV…and these parts followed each other in such quick succession that it’s honestly hard for me … Continue reading Movie Review: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Book Review

Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy

Faith: Taking Flight

On the first read, I very much enjoyed Faith, a YA about a plus-size superhero who loves animals, her two best friends, her grandma, and fictional TV show The Grove, not necessarily in that order. Unfortunately, as soon as I tried applying thought to the book, it failed to make any sense. There’s a f/f romance, but this book is the first in a planned duology, so expect an inconclusive ending, and expect minimal superheroics … Continue reading Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy

Book Review

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Boyfriend Material

I laughed so hard at this wonderful book, and I cried a little as well. Boyfriend Material is a contemporary m/m romance/rom-com set in England. Because it’s all told from one character’s point of view and is focused on that character’s personal and romantic development, it fits the rom-com structure more than romance. Either way you look at it, prepare to laugh and be prepared to swoon. The story is told by Luc, a twenty-eight-year … Continue reading Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Book Review

Not Like The Movies by Kerry Winfrey

Not Like the Movies

Content warning: The heroine’s father has Alzheimers and her caretaking and grief over this are a big part of the plot. Also, there’s a bit of a dysfunctional family (absent mother, charming but useless brother). Not Like The Movies is an odd book to review. It’s a RomCom set against the backdrop of a lot of pain and grief and insecurity, and I found it fairly depressing to read, perhaps because aspects of Chloe’s personality … Continue reading Not Like The Movies by Kerry Winfrey

↑ Back to Top