Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

4ish stars. Another one of the books I had to read because everyone else was and, as such, it exceeded my expectations. While it lacks the descriptive prose and visual imagery required to make it a “great” novel, it’s still well written and provides an emotional punch, eliciting both positive and negative emotions. It’s equally […]

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Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor

2ish stars. I thought the first book had potential despite its obvious flaws, but I simply did not like this second installment. Much like the first, it feels like the broad, unfinished sketch of a larger novel. Too much going on and none of it particularly interesting. I miss the Uni, all five minutes of […]

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Changeling by Victor LaValle

4ish stars. I was hesitant to read this because I didn’t love the author’s most recently written novella, The Ballad of Black Tom, but after a few key recommendations, I decided to pick it up. And I’m glad I did. I loved the characters and enjoyed LaValle’s creepy, atmospheric, magical NYC. The first quarter of […]

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Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older

4ish stars. I liked this way more than I expected to. I’m typically not into political sci-fi especially when it’s idea-heavy versus character-driven like this is. The ideas are just so intelligent and relevant and interesting that it worked for me. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how long I’d be able to last. The […]

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The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan

3ish stars. Allow me to compare this novel to a horse. It’s large, majestic, impressive, stately. Many times, however, it more closely resembles a Clydesdale than the Forge’s racing thoroughbreds- powerful but less sleek than clunky and plodding. I had this rated as high as a 4 at some points and as low as a […]

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Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

4.25 stars Often hilarious, sometimes ridiculous, and always full of heart, this story following a family of psychics (or are they?) is a fun, wild ride. Each member of the exasperating Amazing Telemachus family has their own sets of stresses and struggles, each as interesting (and hilarious) as the others. They’re so much fun (and […]

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

2ish stars. Definitely the kind of book that draws you in and doesn’t let you stop until you’re finished. The pacing is pretty consistently quick and there’s a good amount of tension. However… I could not stand the main character. She’s so frustratingly irritating and cringingly moronic that I found her to be completely unrealistic. […]

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