The White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco

I’ll be honest: I was drawn to this book because of the cover and the tarot theme. It’s a cozy mystery set in a tarot shop! So cute, right? It’s also got a tinge of paranormal to it. But it’s not really fantasy? Kinda magical realism maybe? But not really. But kinda? Who knows. Anyway, I really liked The White Magic Five and Dime. Not only because of the tarot stuff,1 but also because I Read More …

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

So I knew Vicious was about an anti-hero (or even a villain) who did something with superpowers. I knew it had it amazing cover. I also knew several of my blog friends had read and loved it, so it seemed like a safe bet that I’d like it, too. And I did! Superhero stories about people who aren’t actually heroic are great because they make you think about things. Like, what makes a hero? Are Read More …

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

I read The Cure for Dreaming all in one sitting! So that’s good. I love it when that happens. Makes me feel productive, and also kinda bloated. Like eating too much chocolate all at once. Yay suffragists! Yay Portland! Yay hypnotism? Yay a little bit of romance but nothing too overwhelming, so no worries if you don’t like that sort of thing! Downsides: I know people were legit anti-women legislation back in the day (and, Read More …

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

This was the first book I read coming back from ALA Annual, and YAY! It was so good! First, it has flappers. Stick a flapper in a book and I will read immediately want to read it, no questions asked.1 Because Dark Metropolis is a fantasy-land/dystopian mix, there’s less glitz and glamour than you’d expect from a pseudo-1920s book, but it totally works. It’s a dark metropolis, gritty and hazy with broken promises; these are Read More …