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  • Book Review: A Princess in Theory

    A Princess in Theory Reluctant Royals, Book 1 By Alyssa Cole Released: February 2018   Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise. Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When…

  • Book Review: Vengeful

    Vengeful Villains, Book 2 By V.E. Schwab Released: September 2018   Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities. They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all. Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit. If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos…

  • Mini Reviews: The Illuminae Files

    Illuminae The Illuminae Files, Book 1 By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Holy ███ mother███er! < ERROR > THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH STARS IN THE MULTIVERSE FOR A PROPER RATING. < INITIALIZING > < ERROR > < ERROR > < FAIL > Since there will never be a coherent review coming from me about this masterpiece, I won’t lie and say RTC, but rather keep it short and sweet: I’ve never experienced anything like this before and it is an instant favorite! I cannot ███ing wait to finish the trilogy. ███ me just read this ███! You won’t regret it, chum 😛 Gemina The Illuminae Files, Book 2 By Amie…

  • Mini Reviews: Wayward Children

    Every Heart a Doorway Wayward Children, Book 1 By Seanan McGuire You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you. I really liked the characters, each with their own quirks and flaws. I loved the writing. The premise was full of promise, but the actual plot left me… unsatisfied? The story started with fantasy elements—both colorful as well as dark—then a little over half way through it declared, “No, that was a false pretense, silly. Deep down, I’m more of a grotesque horror. Psych!” Let’s step back for a moment to how much I love the writing and…

  • Mini Reviews: Kids Save the Day

    Wizard for Hire Wizard for Hire, Book 1 By Obert Skye A wizard can go weeks without water, but only days without books. Wizard for Hire was a delight to read! I was really impressed and entertained by this story full of mystery, heart, and humor. It can be read as a standalone book, but I’m happy that there is a series to look forward to—I want more Ozzy, Clark (the independently thinking and talking metal raven), and the one and only Rin (wizard of Quarfelt)! You look at me and see a wizard. I look at everything and see magic. The Son of Neptune The Heroes of Olympus, Book…

  • Mini Reviews: 3-Star Streak

    The Serpent’s Secret By Sayantani DasGupta A fun middle grade adventure featuring a bull-headed 12-year-old female protagonist, Kiranmala. I really enjoyed the introduction to Bengali folklore as I am not familiar. I liked the world-building of the Kingdom Beyond Seven Oceans and Thirteen Rivers full of vibrant colors, magic, and shifting maps. I really enjoyed the comic relief of Tuntuni (the talking bird). However, I didn’t connect well with the first person writing or the gibberish rhymes of the rakkhosh (demons), but the latter could be a lack of exposure to Bengali tales? I appreciated the character development of Kiranmala as I don’t think I would have finished the book…