For the love of all that’s holy, PLEASE read Natalie C. Parker’s SEAFIRE

My first piece for Tor.com (!!!) is a review of what’s possibly my favorite release of the summer: Natalie C. Parker’s Seafire, which came out yesterday from Razorbill.

Caledonia Styx’s ship, the Mors Navis, is one of the only ships that still sails free from the rule of bloodthirsty warlord Aric Athair and his army of Bullets, who brutalize the coastal settlements and seabound communities alike. The Bullets are not to be trusted: after all, it was a Bullet boy claiming to seek a place on the Mors Navis who talked Caledonia into revealing the Mors Navis’s location, resulting in the death of every person in the crew save Caledonia and her best friend, Pisces, who were ashore on a supply run.

Four years later, Caledonia and Pisces have rebuilt the Mors Navis and recruited a new crew entirely made up of women and girls who have lost their own families and homes to Athair’s raids. The women of the Mors Navis are determined to chip away at Athair’s empire, even if that means taking his navy down ship by ship. But when Pisces brings aboard a runaway Bullet who says he wants to defect, the secret Caledonia’s been keeping for four years threatens to come to light, reopening old wounds and endangering the new family she and Pisces have built.

Seafire is a book I’ve been describing to my friend as “If a magical girl anime was actually about pirates,” which translates to “Possibly a book written with my express loves in mind.”

You can read the full and less fangirly review at Tor.com.

Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith Switch Press US cover

Micro-Review: CHILDREN OF ICARUS by Caighlan Smith

I probably shouldn’t have expected much from a book that drew cover comparisons to The Hunger Games (which I hated) and The Maze Runner (which looks boring to me).

The narrator of the book somehow managed to weave a web of lies and deceit, despite making no active decisions until the second half of the book. Much of the plot required more suspension of belief than should be expected, and despite the title, there are few aspects of the original tale of Icarus beyond shallow, almost cosmetic references.

If you absolutely want to read more of the exhausted YA dystopian genre, this is probably a good book to check out, but otherwise, Children of Icarus offers nothing new or interesting for the subgenre.

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New Review at Girls in Capes

I’m stoked about my newest review on Girls in Capes!

Lois Lane: Fallout is a contemporary YA with a touch of sci-fi focusing on Superman’s love interest, Lois, as a high school student before she ever meets Clark Kent. It’s one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

I fangirled so hard that Switch Press even posted about it on Twitter:

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Definitely check out this review — and I would highly recommend the book itself to all my friends.

New review at Girls in Capes: THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin

18196040I’ve got something new up at Girls in Capes!

Today’s review is for the YA novel THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin, which follows three teens — Dai, Jin, and Mei Yee — who live in the eponymous walled city of Hak Nam.

While I absolutely loved this book, it took me three months (!) to actually finish reading it — which, for me, is an amazingly long time.  It’s a beautiful book, and heart-breakingly difficult.

But you can read all about that over at GiC.  An excerpt:

When I originally picked up The Walled City and read the back, I assumed it was a typical (and for me, boring) YA dystopian novel set in a Chinese or Chinese-inspired futuristic setting.

Spoiler alert: it’s not.

Read the full review right now over at Girls in Capes.