Monday, July 31, 2023

Year's Best Fantasy 7


Title: Year's Best Fantasy 7

Author: David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, eds

Publisher: Tachyon Publications
ISBN: 9781892391506
Thoughts: Solid anthology that runs the displays the diversity of the fantasy genre.

Rating: 4/5

Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea


Title: As the Wicked Watched

Author: Rita Cheng-Eppig

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781639730377
Thoughts: Refreshing to read a historical fiction novel based on a powerful Asian woman, but I was not able to connect at all with the characters or the story.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, July 28, 2023

As the Wicked Watched


Title: As the Wicked Watched

Author: Tamron Hall

Publisher: Harper Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Good, intense investigative mystery, but there were a few times when the timeline felt a little loose.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Out of My Mind


Title: Out of My Mind

Author: Sharon M. Draper

Publisher: Simon Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781508222460
Thoughts: Draper expertly captures what it is like to be unable to communicate in a tale that is relatable to all middle-graders.

Rating: 4/5

Monday, July 17, 2023

The Wild Robot


Title: The Wild Robot

Author: Peter Brown

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316381994
Thoughts: Brown's sci-fi-meets-nature tale is fun, imaginative, and even touching at points.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Friday, July 14, 2023

The Sun and the Star


Title: The Sun and the Star

Author: Rick Riordan & Mark Oshiro

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
ISBN: 9781368081153
Thoughts: The plot and the pacing felt incredibly uneven and thin, which overshadowed any good moments that happened.

Rating: 2/5

Thursday, July 13, 2023

A Fire Among Clouds


Title: Codex Black 1: A Fire Among Clouds

Author: Camilo Moncada Lozano

Publisher: IDW Publishing
ISBN: 9781684059591
Thoughts: Unique American manga historical fantasy featuring gods and monsters from Mesoamerica.

Rating: 4/5

The Remedy


Title: The Remedy

Author: Adam Haslett

Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: This was totally meh, and knowing what series it was part of, gave away the twist for me.

Rating: 2/5

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Beautiful Country


Title: Beautiful Country

Author: Qian Julie Wang

Publisher: Random House Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Wang openly relates her challenging formative years growing up in New York as an immigrant without papers.

Rating: 3/5

Good Sh*t


Title: Good Sh*t: Your Holistic Guide to the Best Poop of Your Life

Author: Julia Blohberger & Roos Neeter

Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781683692973
Thoughts: Very easy to read and follow, but I was expecting a deeper dive into gut health.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home


Title: I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home

Author: Lorrie Moore

Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307594143
Thoughts: Bizarre story about death with alternating timelines that do meet up but do not meld.

Rating: 2/5

Friday, July 7, 2023

The Three of Us


Title: The Three of Us

Author: Ore Agbaje-Williams

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN: 9780593540718
Thoughts: Excellent character study, but it reminded me too much of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for me to enjoy it.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, July 3, 2023

L.A. Weather


Title: L.A. Weather

Author: Maria Amparo Escandon

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Good character exploration, but the circumstance felt too unrealistic.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Stacking the Shelves: 6/25-7/1

Got at a yard sale:

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Received in Wicked Reads Book Box:

Love Bites by Katrina N. Lewis


Bought on Wicked Reads:

Sadie on a Plate by Amanda Elliot


Wings Once Cursed and Bound by Piper J. Drake

Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin

Gravemaidens by Kelly Cook