Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Walton takes the Victorian social novel to new levels by making dragons the main characters. Suddenly, all of the social conventions of the age are backed by biological necessities – the need to have gold for one’s hoard, the need to have a parent’s estate (that is, their body…) divided fairly so one can eat […]


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A delightful concept, wonderfully executed. Kell is a magician, one of the last with the power to jump between different versions of London, one of which exists in each different world. The three Londons we see (and the one we don’t) are all beautifully brought to life, as are the characters who inhabit them. Plus, […]


Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

Really wonderful! Stick with this one – it starts slow, the main character seems arrogant and unlikable, and the setting familiar. As the book continues, though, it becomes apparent that this was all intentional, and the gradual revelations about the characters, their world, and the mystery at the heart of it are all masterfully done. […]


The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

Get in on the ground floor of a new, epic fantasy series! Brandon Sanderson has created a unique world – rocky, swept by magical storms, and populated by unique people and animals adapted to their harsh environment. The story follows the lives of three different characters, whose lives are slowly converging due to forces beyond […]


Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest

An entertaining and deeply creepy novel starring the infamous Lizzie Borden as its heroine.  In this story, she did, in fact, kill her father and stepmother with an ax – but only because they were turning into Lovecraftian monsters.  Now, she lives with her sister and studies in her secret lab, trying to find the […]


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A compulsively readable and fast-paced story about a man whose family have been miners below the surface of Mars for generations. They believe they are helping to terraform Mars so it will one day be inhabitable for others, but Darrow discovers it’s all a lie – Mars has been habitable for centuries, and his people […]


Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

A genre-busting mix of steampunk, Western and thriller, with a dash of real history. The story is narrated in the distinct, first-person voice of a “seamstress” (aka saloon girl) named Karen Memery, and populated with a terrific collection of vivid and diverse characters that will keep you hooked throughout!  Together, Karen and the other employees […]


The Lone City Trilogy by Amy Ewing

The Lone City Trilogy by Amy Ewing

The Lone City Trilogy has been touted as a cross between THE SELECTION SERIES and THE HANDMAID’S TALE. In a world where the rich and royal cannot reproduce on their own, they must purchase surrogates— young, beautiful, talented women from the poorest areas of the city, women who are gifted with special, supernatural abilities—to bear […]


Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (Author) and Douglas Holgate (Illustrator)

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (Author) and Douglas Holgate (Illustrator)

This is a wonderful continuation of The Lunar Chronicles (CINDER, SCARLET, CRESS, WINTER) series, only in graphic novel form. This all new story features Cinder’s best friend, the android named Iko. There has been a peace agreement between Earth and Luna, but rogue packs of Levana’s wolf/human hybrid soldiers still roam the Earth, causing trouble. […]


Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

A wakes every day in a new body-male, female, transgender, addict, jock, mean girl, etc. The change happens at midnight and A is helpless to stop it. This has never been a problem since this is the only life A knows but then A falls in love with Rhiannon. Never having shared the secret of […]