A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia Cole

Content Warning for the book: descriptions of violence. The vibrant world of young adult literature in 2018 is represented by so many different genres: contemporary literature, historical fiction, epic fantasy, etc. I’ve always lamented that one of my favorite genres, science fiction, seems to be a little underrepresented in the young adult fiction universe. Not […]

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Vox by Christina Dalcher

Content Warning for this book: Descriptions of torture, violence, execution.  The world of Vox is both eerily similar to our own and radically different – an African American president is followed by a radical, religiously conservative president. Smartphones and 24-hour news networks and a million different ways to communicate through technology exist along with wearable […]

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

  I am a rather new Neil Gaiman fan, considering my age and love of dark fantasy novels. Yet a poorly-timed reading of American Gods several years ago put me off his collected works for no reason other than my own vanity. And like so many of life’s other little problems, an Amazon book sale remedied […]

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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Spoiler Warning for this Review: I’m definitely spilling the beans about some stuff. Content Warning for book: Descriptions of torture, violence, and death. October saw the final book of Sarah J Maas’ magnum opus Throne of Glass series with the release of Kingdom of Ash. This release was a long time coming, delayed first by […]

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Tarot for a Red Queen (Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard)

This post will contain spoilers for Books 1 &2 in the Red Queen series. You’ve been warned! We’ve all had those books that capture our hearts so securely that even after we turn over that last page, close the covers, and take a deep breath our brains just won’t let go. What happens next? The […]

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

The second installment in the Three Dark Crowns series captured my imagination even more securely than the first. The three queens of Fennbirn return from their respective recuperation to begin a year-long murderous adventure to kill the sisters they’re supposed to have forgotten. That sentence alone is enticing and dark and smart in a way that makes […]

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Content Warning for the book: Descriptions of rape, sexual assault, murder, and harassment. True crime fans are voracious consumers of media by nature. Magazines reveal tantalizing and subtle leads, full-color areal maps, and famous (to us) contributors. Television shows remind us of the humanity of the victims and families, the terror of communities held hostage […]

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

Content Warning for the novel: Descriptions of torture, violence, and sexually explicit content. As the epilogue novella to Maas’s A Court of Thrones and Roses trilogy, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked up A Court of Frost and Starlight. Maas reminded her fans (a few times) that it would simply be a novella […]

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The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville

To me, Mieville is one of the defining authors of the late 20th and 21st century. His mastery of world building and character development alone mark him as an author who will endure throughout the decades – but coupled with his radical political background makes his storytelling human and fantastical, hopeful edged with the acid […]

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Content warning for the novel: Descriptions of violence and murder. Three Dark Crowns is a high quality YA fantasy book. In a genre rife with magical heroines with big destinies, Blake manages to carve out a dark niche for herself. One of my favorite qualities of good YA Fantasy read is that they validate the […]

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