A Path Begins (The Thickety #1) by J.A. White

I grabbed this off the library shelf partly because of the cover, partly because of its shape (a square!) and partly because of the blurb from Angie Sage and other middle grade authors. It was excellently written! Great characters, very interesting worldbuilding (pseudo-Puritan, but somehow worse), cool magical fantasy stuff that didn’t feel similar to other MG fantasy books. Even the villains had moments of humanity, which is somewhat rare in a middle grade book. Read More …

Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles (2019)

K.J. Charles is one of my favorite authors, and I love basically every single one of her books– and this one is no exception. It’s very difficult to write a coherent review for a favorite author because all my positive feelings overwhelm my analytical thoughts until my brain is just a big ball of “yay, this book was good!” Well, it IS good and I DID love it, and if you haven’t read K.J. Charles Read More …

Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth

This is the first in the Miss Silver series of mysteries, but it’s not the first that I’ve read. I accidentally read #14 or #17 or something like that several years back, but it was so good that I decided to go ahead and (eventually) read the entire series. It’s a long-running series, starting in the late 1920s and ending in the early 1960s some 30+ books later. Miss Silver is a former school teacher Read More …

Spectered Isle by K.J. Charles

Let’s speed past the fact that I’ve been on a 1.5 year hiatus from blogging and have fallen out of writing for fun or even reading1 and let’s get right to the review: This is the first in KJ Charles’ newest series Green Men; it’s a historical horror-fantasy romance set in interwar England, roughly connected to her book Simon Feximal. This first book is about a disgraced archaeologist (+1) and an uppercrust sarcastic fucker (+1), Read More …

The Only Option by Megan Derr

What a sweet little book! I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, partly because the cover and the series name makes it look like a much darker book than it actually is. It looks like it’s full of drama and depressing things and angst, but it’s almost completely the opposite. I mean, there’s still a little angst, but it’s the good kind, the delicious kind that makes the sweet goop parts that much Read More …

Skip Trace by Kelly Jensen and Jenn Burke

This is the 3rd Chaos Station book! I haven’t reviewed the first two here, but I enjoyed them and obviously kept reading the series. The first book is a second-chance lovers romance, with scifi thriller stuff! There’s super soldiers, a government conspiracy, outer space shenanigans, aliens, secrets, and kissing. And the second book builds off various plot-related repercussions in the first book– thriller and romance both– while expanding on the relationship between the two leads, Read More …

Bellingham Mysteries by Nicole Kimberling

This is a mystery-romance series about a newspaper reporter and his artist boyfriend, and the constant shenanigans they get into while trying to solve crimes! The first book is very mystery-centric, which makes sense because the protag’s love interest is also technically a suspect. Sidenote: I super loved having a newspaper journalist as the detective, as it allows him to use his natural nosiness and writing capabilities to solve the mystery! Also, his love interest Read More …

Think of England by K.J. Charles

Easing back into reviewing with a book that has been on my TBR since June of last year! At first I wasn’t sure of Archie’s hero-ness, as he has some historically-accurate feelings about Jewish people, effeminate men, and “queers” that didn’t mesh well with the romantic element and furthermore made me very uncomfortable. It also isn’t that usual for a romantic lead to feel disgust for his romantic interest, either. But over the course of Read More …

REVIEW: Clockwork Heart by Heidi Cullinan

Alt history, yay! Airships! Steampunk that’s more than just fashion! Austrian princesses who need their own books ASAP! This was pretty different from her other books, actually. Which is great, because authors should try new things. For instance: the sexytimes vocabulary was way different than her usual, possibly because she was going for a dated/historical feel? I liked this book, on the whole, though I’m not into exhibitionism/gang-bangs/etc. and the two leads here totally are Read More …

Weekly reading, vol. 17

Hello, happy Sunday, hope you’re doing okay, what sort of Pokemon have you caught, etc. I’m in a teeny reading slump at the moment, but I’ve just loaded a bunch of Hollis Shiloh books onto my Kindle so I’m hoping they’ll help me get through the bleh. Meanwhile, here’s what I read this week: I reread Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan (first read back in March), mainly because I’ve been trying to indulge in Read More …