My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd

My Name Is Venus Black is a beautifully written novel that follows the lives of two families in the aftermath of Venus' crime that set multiple things in motion and altered the courses of many lives. Initially the story is told from two point-of-views, Venus and Leo, but as the tale progresses more perspectives are included in the mix to give a well-rounded and full picture of what is happening and the impact. Continue reading

The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn

5 stars, fantastic sci-fi and speculative fiction for the adult reader. The Rending and the Nest is one of the most compelling, unique, sad, and hopeful books that I have read. At its core this is a character-driven book set in a post-apocalyptic setting, using that setting to delve into topics of community and the human condition... when everything we knew from before is left behind, how do we persevere? Continue reading

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Wow. Just, wow. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is a fantatastic piece of fiction. I was drawn into the narrative with the first words that my eyes took in; the story is instantly engaging and poetically written. The story unfolds at a masterful pace, Adeyemi brings the reader into the world of Orïsha both all at once and slowly, satisfying an unknown craving for more lore while dropping breadcrumbs along the way for more. Continue reading