I absolutely love Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time and was curious to see what his other science fiction books were like. Walking to Aldebaran is the perfect way to sample his writing style -- clocking in at right around 140 pages, it’s a short but effective story of an astronaut lost in space.
It has been a long time since I’ve read historical romance, despite it being a favourite genre of mine, and I've been craving it lately. Pretty much everything that I have read in historical romance has been set in Regency or Victorian England, and I needed to read something different while in a reading slump last month. I thought I’d branch out to Alyssa Cole’s Civil War-era Loyal League series. An Extraordinary Union has high stakes, gripping tension, and fantastic characters and I just loved it.
I Capture the Castle is one of those great childhood classics that I never managed to read when I was actually a kid. But after some persuading (pressure) from my sister Julia on our podcast, I decided to pick it up for the first time. Despite having seen the movie ages ago, I didn’t remember much of the plot so it felt like a fresh and new reading experience.
I’m always on the hunt for some good historical fiction, and An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason caught my eye for a few reasons. First of all, I don’t think we see enough YA historical fiction so it always catches my eye. I love the book's Elizabethan setting, but I was totally blown away by the plot. I was incredibly exciting to read this, but I think it was a great idea in theory and less so in execution. This review may sound a little harsh despite the three stars I gave the book, and that’s because I’m so sad about its wasted potential.
The Devouring Gray is a book that has had so much buzz around it over the past year. Although it was one of my most highly anticipated books of the spring, I figured it would be a fun but over hyped book -- I’ve been burned by this before and I try to be cautious and manage my expectations. Much to my delight, I really enjoyed and absolutely devoured (ha) this book. The Devouring Gray was exactly what I needed and very nearly read it in one sitting -- something I haven’t done in ages.
Today I’m bringing you three flash reviews for books that are not even remotely related. Why are they in this post together? Because they were all incredibly quick and short reads -- one is a graphic novel and the other two are novellas. Take a look below at my thoughts on Ragged Alice by Gareth L. Powell, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jenn Wang.
I loved Geekerella back in 2017, so I was thrilled to see that it was getting a companion novel. Although I’m not a huge fan of contemporary YA books, Poston's convention romances are such fun reads and love letters to geek culture.