Reviews, Test of Time

Test of Time: DUNE

Image Credit: Ace Books With its latest film adaptation now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, it's time to talk about Frank Herbert's classic science-fiction novel, Dune. Strap in. The term "space opera" has never applied more literally to any piece of fiction than Dune. Thousands of years in the future, a frightened emperor… Continue reading Test of Time: DUNE

New Release Highlight, Reviews

New Release Highlight: LITTLE THIEVES and WITHIN THESE WICKED WALLS

Image Credit: Henry Holt and Co. This very special Tuesday, I have not one but two fantastic new releases I need to highlight. These books are two of my most anticipated titles of 2021 from two incredibly talented authors, and together, they make an ideal double-feature for readers who enjoy retellings of fairy tales or… Continue reading New Release Highlight: LITTLE THIEVES and WITHIN THESE WICKED WALLS

Backlist Highlight, Reviews

Backlist Highlight: THE SCAPEGRACERS

Cover: Erewhon Books, Edit: Tori Kiersten Frost Witchy books became the trend in contemporary fantasy -- and everywhere else on the bookshelf -- starting around 2019, when fiction publishers began to catch up with a booming modern interest in astrology, tarot, and alternative spiritualities. Despite debuting in a crowded field in the middle of a… Continue reading Backlist Highlight: THE SCAPEGRACERS

New Release Highlight, Reviews

New Release Highlight: THE QUICKSILVER COURT

Image Credit: Orbit The Obsidian Tower was one of the best fantasy novels published in 2020, and Melissa Caruso raises the stakes with more political cat-and-mouse games -- this time with way more demons (and their secrets) in the mix -- in its stellar sequel, The Quicksilver Court. Reeling from the revelations and betrayals of… Continue reading New Release Highlight: THE QUICKSILVER COURT

Reviews, Test of Time

Test of Time: DARK LORD OF DERKHOLM

Image Credit: Greenwillow Books Diana Wynne Jones was a powerhouse in the world of children's literature, writing more than 40 books in her career, including well-known favorites like Howl's Moving Castle and the Chrestomanci series. Today, I'm reviewing one of her funniest novels, 1998's Dark Lord of Derkholm. Pilgrim Parties are the worst. Every year,… Continue reading Test of Time: DARK LORD OF DERKHOLM

New Release Highlight, Reviews

New Release Highlight: VESPERTINE

Image Credit: Margaret K. McElderry Books Margaret Rogerson's newest standalone fantasy Vespertine fuses elements of Gideon the Ninth and Marvel's Venom into a poignant, cathartic story about learning to see the best in others -- and in yourself -- when the world has given you every reason to doubt. The heroine is also possessed by… Continue reading New Release Highlight: VESPERTINE

Backlist Highlight, Reviews

Backlist Highlight: STAR DAUGHTER

Image Credit: HarperTeen Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar is a heartfelt fairy tale for the modern world, in which a teenager -- half mortal, half star -- must travel into a world of celestial magic and music to save her father's life. Infused with vivid imagery and Indian folklore, this is a wonderful next read… Continue reading Backlist Highlight: STAR DAUGHTER