The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
First Novels / Historical Mystery / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Mysteries are a perfect genre for informing readers about difficult political or historical issues. The Unquiet Dead is a perfect example. It begins with a case about a Canadian man who falls off a cliff. But it delves into much more sensitive matter when it’s discovered that the dead man is actually a war criminal … 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

Challenges / First Novels / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs / Science Fiction

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

This book was so different from anything I’ve read lately. It’s near-future science fiction set in India and Africa, and written in a really lyrical way. It’s the story of two characters, both on a journey. Meena is a troubled young woman who has just been attacked by a snake in her bed, which for … Continue reading

Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / New to Me Author / Part of a Series / Review Requests and ARCs / Science Fiction

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

I heard about this book from You Book Me All Night Long, a great blog with an equally great name.  In September we wrote about our most anticipated fall reads, and this book was described as “Firefly-ish”.  I forgot about that post, which is funny because Firefly is exactly what this book reminded me of. … Continue reading

Challenges / Historical Fiction / Review Requests and ARCs

Review of Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and the Disney Book Group.  The book will be released September 10, 2013. Rose Justice is a nineteen year old American pilot who is ferrying Allied fighter planes in Britain for the Air Transport Auxiliary Service.  Rose is young enough that, unlike her fellow … Continue reading

Blog Hops and Other Memes

It’s Monday, What are You Reading?

It’s Monday! is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful almost-summer’s-end weekend.  August was a great reading month, with the beyond-excellent A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, new fantasy novel The Bone Season, and an impressive debut novel by Katie O’Rourke, Monsoon Season (look for an interview … Continue reading

Dystopian / Fantasy / First Novels / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / New to Me Author / Paranormal / Part of a Series / Review Requests and ARCs / Science Fiction

Review of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s been a lot of hype around this book, considering it’s not even out until August 20.  I’ve heard Shannon referred to as “the next J.K. Rowling” and the book as “the next Hunger Games.”  I can’t say that either of those are even close.  But I will say this: for a 21-year-old literature student’s … Continue reading