Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence

4ish stars. This is an adult book with what are, in my opinion, actually some pretty good characterizations of kids and teenagers. It’s got my favorite “school of magic” since Brakebills. It’s got a fairly complex “magic system” with a lot of potential. And it’s about killer nuns, isn’t that cool? Basically it’s everything I … More Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

4.75ish stars. A very near-perfect little novella that somehow manages to be heart-breaking and hopeful at once. One of my favorites in a long time. It’s hard for me to suss out exactly what made me enjoy reading this book so much. I blew through it without stopping to think about what I liked. I … More Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

4.25ish stars. Creepy and concise in the vein of the most classic fairytales and with obvious comparisons to classic horror novels, this story has a timeless feel. It’s both whimsical and disturbing with a healthy dose of dark humor. It branches off from the brilliant Wayward Children novella series, separate but necessary reading (just because … More Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

Raven Stratagem (The Machineries of Empire #2) by Yoon Ha Lee

4ish stars. An improvement in all areas on the already impressive Ninefox Gambit, reading this makes me glad I gave a second chance to NG. The POV characters are much more interesting and relevant, the pacing is much more consistent and the prose is just as military-grade immaculate. This is expansive, unprecedented military space opera … More Raven Stratagem (The Machineries of Empire #2) by Yoon Ha Lee

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

3.5ish stars. McLemore’s characters are, refreshingly, as varied as the sunlit clouds drifting in the firmament on the first Thursday morning after the Spring equinox. Her prose is… elaborate… like a henna tattoo spanning the entire breadth of a very large back. Yet it is also a Long and Winding Road, travelled by Paul McCartney, … More When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)

3ish stars. Probably destined to become a modern classic of the genre, the near-universal appeal is obvious. In some ways it’s sort of the anti-Game of Thrones. It’s accessible, fun, simple, enjoyable, easy to connect with, maybe kind of commercial. Rothfuss is a great storyteller. I just feel like it’s 700 pages of accessible, fun, … More The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)