Very quick reviews: May & June 2015

Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me – Al Ewing A Loki who wants redemption and who doesn’t look like the bottom of an old shoe? Awesome! On the other hand, very much read like a continuation of about three other series (because it is), and at least two issues crossed over with another title and didn’t make much sense if you hadn’t read anything outside of this one. Annoying. Pretty good art, however, Read More …

Bound by Megan Derr

Scribd popped this up in my recommended reads (pre-romance purge) and I added it to my TBR mostly because a) the cover is pretty and b) stories about princes and intrigue and soldiers and whatnot are fun! And yeah, Bound turned out to be a pretty fun book. Its best feature is its characters, who are full of emotional depth and heartbreak, aka my siren song. They’re also fun because they have such great personalities, Read More …

Uprooted by Naomi Novik (2015)

I’ve been excited for Uprooted for nearly a year now, ever since I found a sampler at ALA Annual last June. I’d already read and loved Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, and I was very excited to see what she’d do with a non-Napoleonic setting and more overtly classical fairy tale influences. NN has done the writerly equivalent of took a level in badass with Uprooted. It is heaps of fun (although not in a funny Read More …

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

Bloody Jack has been on my to-read list for years and years; it’s an adventure novel set in a historic time period with a female protagonist who runs away to have adventures. Exciting! I went in thinking it’d be something like my ultimate favorite “adventure novel set in a historic time period with a female protagonist who runs away to have adventures” book, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Bloody Jack has the same sort Read More …

Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling (1997)

So this turned out to be one of those books that was SO GOOD it made it impossible for me to read another book for a few days. I didn’t want to! I just wanted to keep thinking about Stalking Darkness, and the characters, and their world, and EVERYTHING. Best new character POV goes to Beka, a soldier and secret Chosen One. (That wasn’t a spoiler because it’s pretty obvious from the get-go.) She’s so Read More …

Currently reading: His Majesty’s Dragon

temeraire his majesty's dragon by naomi novik fantasy

This year marks the final installment in Naomi Novik’s amazing Temeraire series. If you haven’t heard of it before, Temeraire is an alternate history fantasy set during the Napoleonic wars. It stars a former Navy captain, Laurence, who comes across a dragon egg during a battle one day. The egg hatches Temeraire, a super intelligent, utterly charming dragon. They then join the Aerial Corps, where whole crews of men (and women!) fight dragons from atop Read More …

Steel by Carrie Vaughn (2011)

Pirates! Magical swords! Swashbuckling adventures! Gross historical details that add flavor and color while also grounding it in realism! Steel has everything one could want in a book about time travel, fencing, and being confident in oneself. What I liked best about Steel was that the protagonist, Jill, was unapologetically skilled at something. She wasn’t a special snowflake, she didn’t magically just KNOW how to use a sword. She worked hard at it, and it Read More …