Steel Magic Featured at Library Journal

I had a bit of a SNAFU earlier this year with professional review sites, so I hadn’t been paying that much attention to them since the release of the second book in the Steel Empires series, Steel Magic. Therefore, I’m about half a year late in telling you all the fantastic news! Steel Magic receivedContinue reading Steel Magic Featured at Library Journal”

Review: FROM A HIGH TOWER by Mercedes Lackey

I was thrilled that Lackey once again broke the mold with this installment of the Elemental Masters series. Some things were the familiar, such as a modern (well, Victorian-era) retelling of a traditional fairy tale featuring a strong heroine with elemental magic powers. However, like in Blood Red before it, this novel also transported us outsideContinue reading “Review: FROM A HIGH TOWER by Mercedes Lackey”

Review: NO TIME LIKE THE PAST (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #5) by Jodi Taylor

After devouring five books in this series, two things are fairly obvious to me at this point: Jodi Taylor is a hell of a researcher/historian. She has also embraced a major facet of writing time travel and run with it rather than fight against it — Once again, this novel had two major climaxes. OneContinue reading “Review: NO TIME LIKE THE PAST (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #5) by Jodi Taylor”

Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue Deconnick

This was another book picked up by my husband in his quest for graphic novels about women heroes by women authors. I’m a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but I didn’t grow up on comic books, so I’ve been going into all the movies blind. I figured this would be a greatContinue reading “Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue Deconnick”

Review: ARTICLES OF THE FEDERATION by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Reasons why you should read this book: You are a fan of political dramas that involve multiple main characters dealing with crises and scandals. The television show The West Wing is your favorite of all of those. You are curious about the inner workings of the Federation, a major government in the Star Trek universe,Continue reading “Review: ARTICLES OF THE FEDERATION by Keith R. A. DeCandido”

Review: SNOWED by Maria Alexander

Disclaimer: The author and I share a publisher, and I helped proofread this novel before publication. If I had not been reading this novel on an expensive electronic device, I’d have thrown it across the room when I got to the ending. But not because it was a bad book. On the contrary, this bookContinue reading “Review: SNOWED by Maria Alexander”

Review: A TRAIL THROUGH TIME (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #4) by Jodi Taylor

It’s hard to be a fan of time travel stories without also acquiring some familiarity of the alternate universe trope along the way. Jodi Taylor switches up her world a bit as Max receives the full effect of her second chance. But there are still enough similarities to our original St. Mary’s Institute of HistoricalContinue reading “Review: A TRAIL THROUGH TIME (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #4) by Jodi Taylor”

Review: ESSENTIAL MAGIC (Fay of Skye #1) by Cara McKinnon

Disclaimer: The author and I attended the same graduate school program and participate in group promotional tours for our books. However, I purchased my hardcopy version of this novel for full price. For a person who doesn’t claim to be a “romance book” reader, I seem to keep lucking out with some amazing speculative fictionContinue reading “Review: ESSENTIAL MAGIC (Fay of Skye #1) by Cara McKinnon”

Review: A SECOND CHANCE (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #3) by Jodi Taylor

You could read this as another installment of a series that only brings you time travel adventure (and misadventure). And if you read the book that way, or if that was all you were looking for, you’d still be in for a great ride. On the surface, this book doesn’t bring anything to the fullerContinue reading “Review: A SECOND CHANCE (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #3) by Jodi Taylor”

Review: A SYMPHONY OF ECHOES (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #2) by Jodi Taylor

There’s always a vague worry when picking up the second book in a series that it won’t quite measure up. That the first amazing novel was a flash-in-the-pan fluke, sucking up all of the author’s creativity and leaving only the dregs of inspiration for future installments. Luckily, I loved A Symphony of Echoes at leastContinue reading “Review: A SYMPHONY OF ECHOES (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #2) by Jodi Taylor”