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Speculative Fiction Book Reviews

Book Review: The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, an Emotional But Confined Read

Writers of books are told over and over again to “show, not tell.” It’s a directive that, if implemented well, makes for a much more vivid, immersive experience for book readers because they are supplied with tactile or visual details of settings or characters’ emotions rather than told how characters feel or where they are.…

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Book Review: The Waking Land by Callie Bates – a Rousing Read

In the acknowledgements section at the end of The Waking Land by Callie Bates, she states that her book is “what happens when you read your daughter The Lord of the Rings [when she’s]…nine, then drag her into old-growth forests and nurture her desire to be a writer.” The book is a story told in…

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Book Review: Ever the Hunted, a Compelling Read

So, if we’re friends on Goodreads, you’ll notice that I’m again reading a plethora of books: Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell A. Barkley, Phd; A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld; Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal; and Get Out of my Life by Anthony Wolf. This week, I finished reading Ever…

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Three Book Reviews in One: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

This week, I give you three book reviews in one: The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime, and The Winner’s Kiss, all part of the Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Altogether a rousing and emotional, if somewhat ponderous, speculative fantasy series about a young woman, Kestrel, who is the daughter of a general, the owner of…

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Book Reviews: Willowkeep and Winner’s Curse

I read three books this past week, and wrote the first 4,000 words of another one of mine.  So, forgive me if I review more than one book in this post: Willowkeep by Julie Daines and Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. What Is Willowkeep About? It’s a Regency romance about a young woman who inherits a…

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