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Why You Need to Read: “In Mercy, Rain”

Wayward Children, #2.5: “In Mercy, Rain” By: Seanan McGuire Published: July 18, 2022 Genre: Fantasy, Short Story ***This short story can be read for free here on Tor.com.             So Jack Wolcott, twelve years old and innocent of how much danger she had wandered into, grew into her proper place as a mad scientist’s apprentice.             Seanan McGuire… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “In Mercy, Rain”

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Why You Need to Read: “Nettle & Bone”

Nettle & Bone By: T. Kingfisher                                                                    Audiobook: 9 hours 3 minutes Published: April 26, 2022                                                       Narrated by: Amara Jasper Genre: Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tales             …Three tasks the dust-wife had given her. Sew a cloak of owlcloth and nettles, build a dog of cursed bones, and catch moonlight in a jar of clay…             Three tasks, and then the… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Nettle & Bone”

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Reading Check-In: August 6, 2022

What have you finished reading recently? I read 2 books from my "Current Reads" and I finished 2 books thanks to audiobooks (and 2 mini road trips). You can read my review of this book here. You can read my review of this book here. What are you reading currently? I know, I shouldn't keep… Continue reading Reading Check-In: August 6, 2022

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SCKA 2022: The Finalists

This year's preliminary round took a bit longer for obvious reasons, but the other judges/bookbloggers and I voted on our picks for the finalists for the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2022. And, some of the categories are a bit chaotic because there are more than 2 finalists in some of the categories; not to… Continue reading SCKA 2022: The Finalists

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Why You Need to Read: “Seasonal Fears”

Thank you TorDotCom Publishing for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Alchemical Journeys, #2: Seasonal Fears By: Seanan McGuire Published: May 3, 2022 Genre: Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror/Metaphysical/Standalone Sequel             You’re lucky, you know. Not all the Summers start out this close to their Winter. Not all of them even get along. The last Summer… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Seasonal Fears”

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The Midpoint of 2022: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books So Far & Other Reads

Once again, we're at the halfway point in the calendar year. And for me, A LOT has happened since the start of 2022. I'm working full-time and I'm participating in an awards panel, so my reading is a bit behind. I've finished 42 of the 100 books I'm aiming to read by the year's end.… Continue reading The Midpoint of 2022: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books So Far & Other Reads

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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