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Why You Need to Read: “The Liar’s Knot”

Thank you to Orbit Books for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. Rook & Rose, #2: The Liar’s Knot By: M.A. Carrick                                                                    Audiobook: 23 hours 14 minutes Published: December 9, 2021                                                 Narrated by: Nikki Massoud Genre: Fantasy/Sequel             This was her true home, the place where she and Tess had launched this con. The one place… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Liar’s Knot”

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Why You Need to Read: “Wildseed Witch”

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Wildseed Witch, Book 1: Wildseed Witch By: Marti Dumas Published: May 10, 2022 Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Magic School             This is Belles Demoiselles: Finir l’École des Sorcières. Magic is for hooligans. Belles demoiselles use charm. That’s what you’re supposed to learn at a finishing… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Wildseed Witch”

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Why You Need to Read: “A Mirror Mended”

Fractured Fables, #2: A Mirror Mended By: Alix E. Harrow Published: June 14, 2022 Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Retellings, Folklore, Sequel WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers from A Spindle Splintered. You have been warned.             …I spent the first twenty-one years of my life being Zinnia Grey the Dying Girl, killing time until my story ended. I’m still technically dying… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “A Mirror Mended”

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Why You Need to Read: Underrated Speculative Fiction Series

So, I decided to compile another list of recommendations. There have been A LOT of speculative fiction series, and it seems whenever one series comes to an end, there are around 15 more to choose from. This means some series do not get as many readers and are not as "popular" as the other series.… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: Underrated Speculative Fiction Series

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Why You Need to Read: “The Discord of Gods”

A Chorus of Dragons, #5: The Discord of Gods By: Jenn Lyons Published: April 26, 2022 Genre: Fantasy Thank you Tor for sending me an eARC of this book. NOTE: There are a few spoilers from the previous books in the series.             Kihrin—once called Vol Karoth, and before that, S’arric—will break free from his prison. Janel and… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Discord of Gods”

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Why You Need to Listen to (and to Read Later On): “The River of Silver”

The River of Silver: Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy By: S.A. Chakraborty                                                                         Audiobook: 9 hours 45 minutes Published: March 1, 2022 (audiobook)/October 11, 2022 (print) Genre: Fantasy                                                                                    Narrated by: Soneela Nankani             She had been to Daevabad once as a girl and still remembered the awe of sailing through the veil that hid the island. Its brass walls… Continue reading Why You Need to Listen to (and to Read Later On): “The River of Silver”

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Awards: The 2021 Nebulas, the 2022 Hugos, and the 2022 SCKA

Earlier this week, the 2022 Hugo Award Finalists were announced. Similar to other (literary) awards, there were surprises, the snubs and the expected among them. After noting (and congratulating) the nominees, some of us tend to do one and/or two things. One, we look over which nominees we may or may not have read or… Continue reading Awards: The 2021 Nebulas, the 2022 Hugos, and the 2022 SCKA

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Why You Need to Read: “The Fires of Vengeance”

The Burning, #2: The Fires of Vengeance By: Evan Winter                                                                     Audiobook: 15 hours 32 minutes Published: November 10, 2020                                              Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi Genre: Epic Fantasy/Military Fantasy ***WARNING: This review contains some minor spoilers from the previous book in this series.                            You have been warned.             You call me a monster because I won’t let you treat me like… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Fires of Vengeance”

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Why You Need to Read: “Along the Saltwise Sea”

The Up-and-Under, #2: Along the Saltwise Sea By: A. Deborah Baker Published: October 12, 2021 Genre: Fantasy/Children’s Literature/Sequel             No matter how strange or improbable the things Avery, Zib, and their friends encounter on their journey through the Up-and-Under, I am telling you the truth as it was seen on those hazy, not-so-long-gone days. There may sometimes… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Along the Saltwise Sea”

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Reading Check-In: March 5, 2022

It's been a while since I talked about my reading. I've been reading and writing A LOT. Not to mention job hunting and a cold have impacted my reading a bit, but I managed to get some of it done. As I continue to balance everything as the seasons start to change, here is a… Continue reading Reading Check-In: March 5, 2022