Don’t Be So Grim

Matthew Jobin’s The Nethergrim faced an uphill battle when I began reading. It’s classified as a children’s book, instead of the YA book that it is. It’s got a weird looking cover and even stranger back cover. The title is offputting. Honestly, after all that, I only gave it a try because I got the free…

Red Rising: Best Book of 2014

Do you ever read a book so good that when you hit the last page you wind up sitting there, clutching the book to your chest and just chanting, “it was so good, it was so good.” That’s how I felt  about Pierce Brown’s Red Rising. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about…

Maskmaker Mara Makes Masks

Sorry, I couldn’t resist a little alliteration. I was introduced to E.C. Blake’sMasks through a short sampler of SciFi stories. The first chapter looked promising – our protagonist, teenager Mara Holdfast, lives in Aygrima, where all adults must wear masks based on the type of magic and jobs they have. Mara is the head Maskmaker’s…

Charmed by Charming

The protagonist is Spike meets Tyrion meets Disney Prince Earlier this year month I attended a panel where the head editors of the top SciFi/Fantasy imprints discussed “What’s Next” – what are the next great books in the genre. The one recommendation that really stuck out to me was a book called Charming by Elliott…

Dreamwalker’s Like a Recurring Dream

C.S. Friedman is probably better known in the world of traditional Science Fiction for her Coldfire and Magister trilogies. I received an ARC of her newest entry, Dreamwalker. The publisher describes is as “something completely different” and it may be… for her. To the rest of the world, it’s something I feel like I’ve seen…

A Real Friend Helps You Bury the Body

Adam Sternbergh’s debut novel, Shovel Ready, tells the story of Spademan a “garbage man” in a destroyed, future New York. The blurb on the book compares the characters to a lot of well known literary figures, but I think the best comparison is a combination of Dexter and Robert Neville from I Am Legend –…

Firefly: The Early Years

The blurb describes Mindee Arnett’s Avalon as “FireFly for teens” – that’s spot on. The story takes place in a world full of spaceships and quirky characters and there is just enough comedy combined with a hint of the seedy underbelly of the world to evoke thoughts of Whedon’s Firefly. The main character, Jeth, is…

The Island – for teens

Vitro by Jessica Khoury is what I imagine you would get if you took the movie The Island and threw in a little of the setting and comedy of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island for effect. This is another ARC I got at NewYorkComiCon – yes, it is secretly the best book event ever –…

Why Ann Aguirre Is My Hero

So I have this blog because I read a lot. Seriously, I mean A LOT. Like a book a night A LOT. And in the past few years there have been maybe 10 to 20 books that I have basically fangirled out over and tried to recommend to all my friends. Honestly, I’ll recommend them…