1984 by George Orwell
Challenges / Classic Literature / Dystopian / Highly Recommended

1984 by George Orwell

1984 has to be one of the most disturbing books I’ve read, between the creepy parallels with our current political situation, and the torture and brainwashing.  Animal Farm has always been one of my favorite books, for its basic but powerful allegory about political corruption.  1984 takes this idea to a very different level. Written in … Continue reading

Series on Sunday: Mini-reviews of series books
Dystopian / Paranormal / Part of a Series / Science Fiction

Series on Sunday: Mini-reviews of series books

Trying something new this month!  I rarely review series books, unless it’s the first in a series. So I thought I’d do a set of mini-reviews instead. (Note: minor spoilers ahead since two of these reviews are for the second book in the series.) The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon I really enjoyed this second … Continue reading

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Dystopian / Highly Recommended / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs / Science Fiction

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Despite the violence, I loved this book. Here’s why. The Water Knife is set in the near future, in a time when drought in the Western U.S. means that some cities have to dry up in order for others to survive. There’s sort of a mix of lawlessness and martial law, which means basically, those … Continue reading

California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout
Dystopian / Fantasy / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout

A perfect vacation read, this book will appeal to readers who like urban fantasy with magic and action. I recommend this book if you liked Steelheart; the plots are different but it’s got a similar feel (also a bit more gender-neutral than most of what’s out there). This book is urban fantasy with a twist: … Continue reading

Books in Series: a Mid-Year Round-Up
Challenges / Dystopian / Fantasy / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Part of a Series / Science Fiction / Steampunk

Books in Series: a Mid-Year Round-Up

In the last couple of months I’ve read more than series books than usual.  I don’t like reviewing series after the first book, because (1) it’s too spoilerish and (2) because series books are usually pretty fluffy and there isn’t much to say about them. I have a class ending next week and I’ve been … Continue reading

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Dystopian / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Highly Recommended / Paranormal / Part of a Series / Science Fiction

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart was one of my favorite reads of 2013.  If you’re looking for a fun science fiction/fantasy read, I highly recommend it.  I bought a copy for my husband, and that’s saying a lot. So, you know, I’ve only read one other Sanderson novel, Mistborn, so I can’t say how this book compares to his … Continue reading