The Bone Ships by RJ Barker (5/5 stars) | ARC Review

RJ Barker’s world in The Bone Ships is a rich, vibrant tapestry. The reader is immersed from the start, drowned in the sheer audacity of the writing. Each sentence had a lot of love poured into it, and it comes across clear as a clarion. The prose is dense with strong slice-of-life elements and creates a sense of “otherness” without crossing over into inaccessible. The use of vernacular is masterful, neither too extreme nor too campy, contributing to the je ne sais quoi that pervades the novel as a whole. The world is strange, disturbing, and filled with dangers the characters must navigate at every step… yet which is entirely normal to them in context.… Read More The Bone Ships by RJ Barker (5/5 stars) | ARC Review

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The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes (5/5 stars) | ARC Review – Angry Robot Blog Tour

The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes is hands-down the most imaginative, fresh, and kind book I’ve read this year. It is absolutely unlike anything else I’ve read, combining the innocence and creativity of a middle grade novel with the darkness and trauma of adult fantasy. At a glance, that makes it tempting to label this book as YA or middle grade, but upon reading it, that’s clearly not the case. It deals with loss of innocence, growing up, trauma, PTSD, identity, and abuse in a way that is both genuinely kind and genuinely heartbreaking.… Read More The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes (5/5 stars) | ARC Review – Angry Robot Blog Tour

Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (5/5 stars) | ARC Review

Tamsyn Muir’s debut novel reaches out and grabs you in its skeletal fist from the very first page and doesn’t let go. Gideon The Ninth is witty, irreverent, and fresh as hell. It’s fucking delightful. It’s not all glitz, glam, and bones though – this is a book with a big ol’ heart hiding underneath the aviator glasses, laugh-aloud banter, and, of course, the mountain of corpses. This is a tight, polished narrative with twists and turns that were hinted at heavily in retrospect, yet take the reader completely by surprise as they unfold.… Read More Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (5/5 stars) | ARC Review

The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli & Alicia Zaloga (1.5/5 stars) | ARC Review

Although there are many elements which should have worked well for me, this novel didn’t quite pull together the way I might have hoped. At only about 10% in to the Kindle edition, I could already tell that Caligo was not Caligoing well for me. Although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend The Resurrectionist of Caligo, I will say that I would happily give this author duo another shot in the future. Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga show promise in this debut even if it could have used a bit more polishing and editing.… Read More The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli & Alicia Zaloga (1.5/5 stars) | ARC Review

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (4.5/5 stars) | ARC Review

My heart broke for the team of the Merian, even as it was flooded with optimism and hope for humanity. Becky Chambers is a master of delivering sadness and devastation right alongside a true and genuine love for humanity, and that is something that illuminates everything she’s written. … Read More To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (4.5/5 stars) | ARC Review

The Warehouse by Rob Hart (5/5 stars) | ARC Review

I didn’t go in to this book expecting to find happiness. I came in knowing this was a dystopian novel. I knew this would be a soul-crushing and painful depiction of an all-too-possible future. However, somewhere between the first page and the last, I was lulled into a sense of complacency, and I was caught off guard by what a damn punch to the gut this book ultimately ended up being.… Read More The Warehouse by Rob Hart (5/5 stars) | ARC Review