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The Nix by Nathan Hill

By Courtenay 5/5 Okay, this is going to be rather different than my other reviews. Mostly because I cannot stop thinking about how wonderful this book is. It encompasses so many different things that I hope I can do justice... Continue Reading →

whiskey words & a shovel I: Revised Edition by r.h. sin

By Courtenay *** I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher through Netgalley. All opinions are my own 2/5 whiskey words & a shovel 1 is a is a revised and repackaged collection of the self-same... Continue Reading →

Sealskin by Su Bristow

By Courtenay Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault 3.5/5 Sealskin will be published May 1, 2017 by Orenda Press. *** I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. Sealskin is a re-interpretation... Continue Reading →

Children of the New World- Alexander Weinstein

By Courtenay I was graciously provided with a copy of this book through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. 2/5 Children of the New World is a collection of thirteen stories exploring themes of technology and sexuality in the near... Continue Reading →

Sorcerer to the Crown-Zen Cho

By Paola 3/5 First of all, I just want to make sure that everyone understands that while this book has a similar style to the regency/Austen style found in Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, and a somewhat similar... Continue Reading →

This Savage Song-Victoria Schwab

By Courtenay 3/5 “Good and bad were weak words. Monsters did not care about intentions or ideals.”   “He could be the monster if that kept others human.” This Savage Song is set in a world where monsters are created... Continue Reading →

The Summer Prince-Alaya Dawn Johnson

By Paola 2.5/5 The best way I can sum up this book is futuristic, Solarpunk Dystopian Brazil with a dash of Scott Westfield’s Uglies and Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games. Set in the fictional pyramid city of Palmares Tres, it... Continue Reading →

The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern

By Courtenay 5/5 " 'It is difficult to see a situation for what it is when you are in the midst of it," Tsukiko says. "It is too familiar. Too comfortable.’ " The Night Circus is a speculative fiction novel... Continue Reading →

Reading Riyria- Theft of Swords

By Paola 4/5 As I said in a previous review, I started reading the Riyria series in the chronological order, not the publication order, which the author, Michael Sullivan, recommends. Which means going into Theft of Swords, I had an... Continue Reading →

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