The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 1 Edited by Jonathan Strahan (Part 2)

The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction 2020 As I read through the second half of this book, I found the editor’s focus on current concerns led to several stories with themes and elements in common. I’d expect something like this … Continue reading

The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 1 Edited by Jonathan Strahan (Part 1)

The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction 2020 Anthologies can be hit or miss depending on the editor’s vision. I picked this one up on NetGalley hoping to see a glimpse of the current short fiction world. What I didn’t expect … Continue reading

Nyssa Glass and the Juliet Dilemma by H.L. Burke

Another dashing adventure as Nyssa attempts to flee a false accusation of murder along with her new friend Ellis, who has his own reasons for leaving. A pair of upper-crust runaways, though, take their forged papers at gunpoint before they … Continue reading

Berry on Top by Valerie Comer

From practically the first moment, this book brings on the tension between the main characters, Liz and Mason. At first, we only know something happened between them traumatic enough to make Liz abandon her life and her family to teach … Continue reading

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

This novel is a fitting conclusion to the Song of the Lioness series. It brings the overall series together in a way I didn’t expect, even with hints in the previous two books, and offers a full tale of its … Continue reading

Penelope by Anya Wylde

This story is firmly planted in two common Regency tropes, that of love developing between the dour guardian and his charge and a country mouse let loose on London society. Rather than overturning these tropes, the book embellishes them with … Continue reading

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

This is a science fiction novel built around the multiverse theory. It jumps into an interesting explanation of how the system works from the start. That interest soon turns dark as the health and longevity differences found with economic disparity … Continue reading

Accidentally Wolf by Elle Boon

This novella introduces the paranormal romance series Mystic Wolves. Werewolves are obvious from the title, but we learn the rules the wolves live under, that fae exist, and many other little details to flesh out the world nicely. Things come … Continue reading

My Fair Assassin by C.J. Anaya

I chose this fantasy romance because I wanted a quick, easy read. There is more to this story than I expected, however. We get a fun, fated-mates romance with language and goal clashes even as the main characters work toward … Continue reading

The Best of Daughters by Dilly Court

This novel is an exploration of the meaning of character, and how upbringing, companions, and circumstance influence people’s attitudes. Historical fiction’s strength is in how the themes reflect the book’s time period. The early 1900s in England continued the shift … Continue reading