The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This book has: Pirates and assassins and Middle Eastern-inspired fantastical elements! Also adventure and romance and OMG amazing writing. Why I liked it: see above! Plus, the protagonist, Ananna, is rough-and-tumble but in a way that doesn’t just make her another “strong female character.” It actually felt like I was reading about a real person, and one I very much liked and rooted for. I particularly appreciated the slow-build romance, too; it’s an important part Read More …

REVIEW: Snake Agent by Liz Williams

One of my favorite kind of books to read are ones that mix genres, especially when those genres are sci-fi and fantasy. It allows me to keep my computer while still letting me do magic and battle ogres (or whatever), so how could I not love it? I first heard about the Detective Inspector Chen series from a thread on Mobileread, and I immediately wanted to check it out. Not only does the series mix Read More …

REVIEW: Empress by Karen Miller

I got this during last month’s $1 Orbit sale, and then somehow forgot about it until last week. I started reading it and couldn’t stop, even though I had a paper to write for school. It’s seriously good! I wasn’t really expecting anything when I started reading, but honestly, the first chapter alone shocked me. It’s got rape, domestic abuse, child abuse, slavery, and many other messed-up things, and it gets worse as the book Read More …

REVIEW: Nation by Terry Pratchett

I love love love love this book. There aren’t enough “loves” in the world to express how much I absolutely adore this book, and I’m not even sure I can write a good enough review to convince you all, either. I’ve read other Terry Pratchett books before, mostly Discworld series ones, so I was expecting Nation to be in the same vein as them. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find that it’s not like Read More …