Book Freak-Out


Author: Doree Shafrir
Releasing tomorrow! (Tuesday, April 25)

I got my hands on an ARC of this as a prize from January’s 24 in 48 Readathon, but it’s also been gaining quite a bit of pre-publication hype as an April Book of the Month selection.

The tech industry has us all convinced that having the latest gadget or hottest app is paramount to survival. Nobody is more prepared to deliver that spiel than Mack McAllister, whose TakeOff app is on the cusp of breaking through into the billion dollar range. So far he’s managed to successfully navigate the instantaneous nature of the social media world, but a single misguided moment in the never-ending stream of data might be enough to derail him with a PR disaster to rival those that have recently played out in real life. What ensues is a scathing look at the “techbro” industry, with razor humor and pacing that had me finishing the book within 24 hours. And the guy in the unicorn onesie on the cover? That’s actually in the book.

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A Crown of Wishes

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Literary siblings often have a way of stealing the spotlight – the Weasley twins, the Baudelaire baby, Aedion Ashryver (well, cousin), Jem Finch LOL JK Scout is way better. In The Star-Touched Queen, Maya’s younger sister Gauri was an unexpected standout, shining with fiery personality and indomitable strength despite appearing in a pretty small fraction of the story. Well, hold on to your hats because SHE HAS HER OWN BOOK NOW. Continue reading “A Crown of Wishes”

What self control?

Whenever I get off work early (as I did last Thursday), my brain immediately presents me with two options: I could go home and enjoy some down time before the Husband Unit gets off at 5…or I could go to that most glorious of establishments, the public library. Which is conveniently on my way home.

You will likely be unsurprised to learn that latter option wins out more often than not. Thus, the following look at how a woman of reasonably sound mind ended up bringing home even more books.

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Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

Author: John Scalzi

Despite the fact that this book is indeed very very short (144 pages, 5.2 x 8.2 inches), it took the maximum allotted library checkout time (9 weeks, 3 weeks initial and 2 renewals) to eke its way to the top of my TBR. But once it got there, I was glad it did! This story collection is perfect for fans of humor, sci-fi and especially both taken together. The best comparison I can make is that if you like Mystery Science Theater 3000 or Galaxy Quest, you’ll probably like this. And if you don’t like Galaxy Quest, then I suggest re-evaluating your priorities.


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T5W: TBH My Entire TBR

The official Top 5 Wednesday topic is “Top Science Fiction/Fantasy Books on Your TBR,” but unofficially that basically encompasses my entire TBR list. Seriously, I think my family might pass out if I ever read a non-fiction book, which isn’t likely to happen. But before you think this is about to become one of those annoyingly long 134 item Buzzfeed listicles, fear not. I do have five, and “only” five. Sort of. You’ll see.

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Sirens Reading Challenge

I first heard tell of the Sirens Conference in Book Riot’s post about 20 Reading Challenges for 2017. *click click* Women in fantasy literature conference, you say? *click click* Sounds exactly like me. *click click* IT’S WITHIN REASONABLE TRAVELING DISTANCE?!?! And while I haven’t taken any irrevocable steps toward attending, I’ve crossed a certain mental threshold barring any major scheduling conflicts and have possibly investigated airfare. Possibly. Anyway, they have an accompanying reading challenge that incorporates not only the three Guest of Honor authors who will be in attendance (Zoraida Córdova, N. K. Jemisin and Victoria Schwab), but 22 other titles that go with this year’s theme of “women who work magic.” Sounds divine, right? Continue reading “Sirens Reading Challenge”

Series Sum Up: The Graceling Realm

Author: Kristin Cashore
Spoiler-free, except if you haven’t read Graceling then the Bitterblue section will spoil some things, because that’s how sequels work.

If you’re looking for these on the shelves, the top row of the header image has the US/CAN covers, the bottom row is for UK/AUS/NZ. I included both because I believe the UK covers much more accurately capture the series vibe. Honestly, the US Bitterblue cover always reminds me of toy keys when in truth it’s the heaviest book of the three.

Just no.

Also, I’ve found it’s not a rare occurrence for someone to DNF (did not finish) Graceling and give up on the whole series. I was one of those people until this January. If this applies to you, KEEP READING. There is valuable information for you in the section on Fire. And if you did like Graceling, then you’re good for whole dealio. With that, away we go! Continue reading “Series Sum Up: The Graceling Realm”

Labyrinth Lost

Author: Zoraida Córdova

Depending on your culture, a prominent coming of age event might be a Sweet 16, quinceañera, or bat mitzvah. For Alejandra (Alex) Mortiz, it means summoning her dead relatives to deliver a family blessing that will help control her magic, should it ever decide to develop. After all, nothing says “I’m a normal teenage girl” like, “Want to come to my Deathday celebration?” Alex is a bruja – a Latinx witch – but she’d really rather not be.

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All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr

To give you some perspective, understand that I do not read a lot of historical fiction. So when I say this book is amazingly good, that should tell you something.

Don’t let the Pulitzer Prize win make you think this is a stuffy read – All the Light We Cannot See is an astoundingly accessible WWII story that grants humanity to all parties involved. It’s not a Holocaust novel, instead focusing on the invasion of France and Russia coupled with the indoctrination of German youth. It acknowledges the horrors of war without presenting anything that would be inappropriate for a young adult audience; if you’re introducing kids to Elie Wiesel’s Night then they can absolutely handle this. The hefty 544 page count may seem daunting, but chapters are rarely longer than four or five pages, which I imagine would lend itself well to an ebook or audio format in addition to traditional print. Continue reading “All the Light We Cannot See”

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