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 …

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 …

Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory

Things that are awesome: Demons and scary things relating to demons. Scifi/fantasy genre blends. Books about family and love and what it means to be a person. This book, which has all those things! The writing is also really good! And sure, I totally figured out a major revelation about three chapters before the protagonist figured it out, but I didn’t even mind because the story was so good. It’s almost a mystery, because Del Read More …

DNF: Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

I love Carl Sagan! I’ve yet to actually finish a book written by Carl Sagan, nor have I watched any of his TV show(s). I love the idea of Carl Sagan, I guess? I love the idea of this smart, kind, science-y dude running around inspiring people to love science, too. Also, the Symphony of Science songs are amazing: That said, I kinda think Pale Blue Dot was a bad choice for a first Carl Read More …

For Love of Mother-Not by Alan Dean Foster

This is one of those rereads where I sort of remember the overall story, but not the details. For instance, I remembered that it was about a kid going after his kidnapped (adopted) mother, and there’s a space-dragon and scifi stuff and things with powers of the mind. I did NOT, on the other hand, remember the strange vocabulary choices– like describing the descended-from-people-who-on-Earth-are-called-Asians evil scientist-doctor lady as “Oriental.” Multiple times. Like, EVERY time she Read More …

REVIEW: Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt

Recommended by: Abby the Librarian The first Cynthia Voigt book I ever read was Homecoming, and I think I was in elementary school when I did. It was slightly traumatic– a parent ABANDONS her kids?! They don’t just run away like in the rest of the fun orphan books I enjoyed? OMG! (The movie was really good, too, by the way, but similarly traumatic.) Anyway, Homecoming is basically why I haven’t read another Cynthia Voigt Read More …

REVIEW: Around the Bloc by Stephanie Elizondo Griest

I had this book on my TBR wishlist for who knows how long, so long I can’t even remember why I put it on there in the first place. But I’m glad I did, because Around the Bloc is a fun travel memoir with rather unusual countries featured, narrated by a spunky woman who seems really fun herself. Around the Bloc focuses on three countries that I don’t think get a lot of travel memoir Read More …

REVIEW: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

For once I went into reading a book fully knowing what I’d be getting. I’ve read a Michael Crichton book before (Timeline), and I was pretty familiar with his writing style and his lackadaisical use of science. Furthermore, I’m a fan of the movie version of Jurassic Park— so I knew what was going to happen and what it’d be like reading it, basically. No shocks here! I knew it wasn’t going to be super-duper Read More …

REVIEW: Dead End Dating by Kimberley Raye

Okay, you know how there’s some books that are funny and enjoyable and even kind of cute, except that after reading them you feel sort of like you’ve eaten too many chocolate covered cherries and now your mouth is all filmed over and you sort of regret eating that many candies? Well, that’s kind of like how I feel about this book. Its all those things nice I described, but after reading it I felt Read More …