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Fantasy Novel Review: The Revenge of Bridget Cleary by Mathilda Zeller

This review is based on an eARC (Advance Reading Copy) provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. The Revenge of Bridget Cleary will be released on October 4, 2022. Mathilda Zeller’s debut novelette, “The Incident at Veniaminov,” was one of my absolute favorites of last year (if you’d like to take a half-hour and… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: The Revenge of Bridget Cleary by Mathilda Zeller

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Fantasy Novel Review: Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura

This review is based on an eARC (Advance Reading Copy) provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Lonely Castle in the Mirror will be released on October 18, 2022. Lonely Castle in the Mirror wasn’t at all on my radar coming into this year, but apparently it’s been popular enough… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura

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Sci-fi Novel Review: A Star Named Vega by Benjamin J. Roberts

I’m closing the inaugural Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC) with two finalists that had extremely high ratings floors in the first two rounds. Today, I’ll be looking at A Star Named Vega by Benjamin J. Roberts, a novel that received a score of at least 8/10 from nine of the ten judges that rated it… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: A Star Named Vega by Benjamin J. Roberts

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Fantasy Novel Review: A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow

I’ve openly complained about how getting too aggressive with this year’s reading challenges has prevented me from doing much mood reading. But with this book, Bingo has led to another winner. I read Bethany C. Morrow’s A Song Below Water last year and generally enjoyed it. I thought it tried to do too much, and… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow

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Fantasy Novel Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater has a pair of series that have made her a name in YA fantasy, but in my circles, I’ve heard as much or more about her 2011 stand-alone featuring high-stakes races on the backs of murderous water horses. And with the two first-person narrators fitting perfectly into one of the trickiest of bingo… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Fantasy Novel Review: Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

There seemed to be some debate about whether Black Girl Unlimited was fantasy or a memoir, but the first reviews were almost universally glowing, and early March was a good time to read some promising 2020 publications before award nominations were due. So I thought I’d give Echo Brown’s debut a shot, and I’m glad… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

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Fantasy Novel Review: A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

After years of reading adult fantasy, branching out into YA this year has exposed me to some truly fantastic work. And next on the list was the promising A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow, an urban fantasy set in Portland that uses a fantastical storyline to explore contemporary injustice.  A Song Below Water… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow