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Book Review

The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

The Midnight Bargain

The Midnight Bargain reminded me why I love fantasy novels, and then wrecked me with its social commentary about a Regency-inspired world. This is a story about women feeling trapped by social constraints, scrambling to escape, and discovering along the way that transforming a society is more satisfying than just saving oneself. I loved the book’s drawing room politics, djinn-inspired magic, chosen family, and the way the story didn’t shy away from the heroine’s ambition, … Continue reading The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Hide Your Wallet

October’s New Releases, Part One

If you’re new to Hide Your Wallet, this is where we list new releases we’re pretty excited for in the coming month. Each reviewer has a book maximum (five per person), but we’ve separated HYW into two parts. The first HYW of the month will cover books that release from the 1st to the 14th. The second HYW will cover books released from the 15th to the end of the month. We also think this … Continue reading October’s New Releases, Part One

Books On Sale

Hugo & Nebula Award Nominees and Winners

Books on Sale: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir & More

RECOMMENDED: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir is $2.99! AJ and I did a lot of squeeing about this one on a podcast episode. Will you understand what’s going on? Probably not, but you’ll have a lot of fun being clueless. I also gave it a B+:

Gideon the Ninth is a unique and bloody bananapants book, and I do think it’s worth a reader’s curiosity. Gideon is an unforgettable protagonist.

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Hide Your Wallet

February’s New Releases, Part One

I know last Hide Your Wallet we instituted some changes. Well now we have more, thanks to the comment left by Katie C. A lot of you expressed wanting to keep the wide breadth of new releases and Katie’s suggestion was pretty great. We’re still keeping our book maximums (five per person), but have added an extra HYW post per month, allowing another five books per person. The first HYW of the month will cover … Continue reading February’s New Releases, Part One

Lightning Reviews: Jane Austen, #RomanceClass, & Magic

Welcome back to Lightning Reviews! If you’re new here, welcome! This is where we post three, mini reviews of books. The books grouped together may have a theme or, in this case, may be completely different. Today, we have a magical gay romance, a lesbian romance set in Manila, and nonfiction for Jane Austen fans.

Lightning Review

Witchmark by C.L. Polk


I picked up Witchmark for my SFF book club and read it without any prior knowledge (I didn’t even read the blurb!). I expected a run-of-the-mill fantasy with magical shenanigans, toppling of the elitist status quo, and interesting worldbuilding. I was right and wrong: Witchmark does have all those things, but it also has a delightful and unexpected romantic relationship at the heart of the story. Okay, you know that feeling when you pick up … Continue reading Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Links: A Free Book, Reading Recs, & More

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Hey there, everyone! It’s Links time! We hope you all are having a wonderful week and, if not, we hope you take some time for yourself. For me, it’s been a weird week as I’ve been incredibly busy lately and running on empty. Looking forward at doing something to recharge soon! … Every month, Tor.com offers up a free ebook for newsletter subscribers. This month, it’s C.L. Polk’s Witchmark, which has some romantic elements and … Continue reading Links: A Free Book, Reading Recs, & More