A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

I made extensive notes as I read A Skinful of Shadows, but most of them I cannot use without spoiling something, which I don’t want to do. This is a very odd book. It’s set in an alternate English Civil … Continue reading

Monsters: I Bring the Fire Part II by C. Gockel

Monsters is a middle novel in most respects. It advances the overall series plot, and both introduces and develops more characters. Unlike the first book, I didn’t find a clear plot arc for this section as a separate entity. Still, … Continue reading

The Last Run by J. Scott Coatsworth

Once again, J. Scott Coatsworth creates a complicated, multi-layer world and brings a last survivor into it who recently lost a life partner. While this frame story has similarities to Homecoming, the novella is more like a unique story springing … Continue reading

The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After by Victoria Alexander

This novel comes before the previous one I read in the overall timeline and involves the meddling of the three longtime friends who later become the lady travelers to a much lesser degree. Still, it holds true to the strong … Continue reading

Homecoming by J. Scott Coatsworth

This short novella has almost more story in the hints and surrounds than on the page, but what makes the cut was enough to keep me interested. It’s a culture clash, power struggle, gay love story, which might sound crowded, … Continue reading

The Marked Prince by M.A. Grant

I read the first book in this series months ago, but the minute I saw the author in my NetGalley list, the strength of that story and characters came pouring back, making me eager to return to their world. The … Continue reading

Fogbound: Empire in Flames by Gareth Clegg

The talents of this author shine in his debut novel through the tangible world building and bevy of fascinating characters. We are thrown into a post-apocalyptic alternate London whose Queen Victoria lost the battle against Martian invaders. It’s a post-apocalyptic … Continue reading

Kitsune: A Little Mermaid Retelling by Nicolette Andrews

I purchased this book (the start of the Tales of Akatsuki) some time ago because the blurb and the use of the Japanese mythology caught my attention. I am not a Japanophile, but that very lack of absorption draws me … Continue reading

The Clockwork Heart by Kim Fielding

This novelette is available as a free read from the author’s site (http://www.kfieldingwrites.com/free-reads/) and it’s well worth the time to check out. The story is beautiful and intense as it brings Dante Winter to life, a man discarded by his … Continue reading

The Cowboy’s Convenient Marriage by Valerie Comer

This is one powerful story with a major emotional kick, or rather several. The inspirational message is lighter in some ways because the characters don’t engage it as directly, but it’s stronger in others. It speaks to how we are … Continue reading