Category: Four stars

Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book

Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

I need to get a disclaimer up here right now: The cover of this book possibly my favorite of all time. There’s several wonderful illustrations within, but I picked this book up and read it purely for the cover. It is aesthetically perfect to me- character art, design wise… This thing is not what I expect from a small indie press in the slightest and it is wonderful.

Oh, and the other reason I bought it is because it’s about angel spies in the cold war.

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Pulp Binge: Only Child is like an unexpectedly fun horror movie

Pulp Binge: Only Child is like an unexpectedly fun horror movie

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

THRIFT STORE WHY: Back-cover text. Usually I buy pulp books for their covers, but sometimes a plot sounds exactly like my jam, and I live with the boring painting on the front. It’s a well drawn bike, at least.

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A remarkably stupid teen is surprised to find he and many of the other teens from his town are going to a luxury camp retreat for a month. Oddly, all the kids have their birthday in july… and are all 17… and are only children… and once they turn 18, they are never seen again……..

WOULD I RECC TO READ: Go for it.

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Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure

Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

There’s nothing technically wrong with this book, and you’ll find I have very little to gripe about beyond my general ambivalence on the subject of boats. ‘Boat fiction’ is just something I have never been into.

I read this as part of the Sapphic book club, and as always, it’s great to read a good action-adventure lgbt genre book, especially on the tailend of the horribleness that was 27 hours (review pending).

This will be super short.

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Oh hey: Loneliest girl in the universe is wonderful, with a few mundane problems

Oh hey: Loneliest girl in the universe is wonderful, with a few mundane problems

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

This is a simple, standalone book that is well written, enjoyable, and imaginative. Romy is a teen… alone in space!! That is really the full set up and to a degree, story. The plot takes a while to really ramp up or have a clear direction, but it’s short and fun regardless.

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State of Grace wasn’t, at all, garbage. I’m quite surprised.

State of Grace wasn’t, at all, garbage. I’m quite surprised.

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

 

help I really liked this

The pacing was slow at times and the end was a bit messy, almost a lead in to a sequel (that doesn’t exist), but I liked it way more than I thought I would.

Fun fact: the summary reveals a fact we don’t learn until 75% into the plot, and that’s super dumb.

Chaos Umpire Sits has a worse name and a better story than its predecessor

Chaos Umpire Sits has a worse name and a better story than its predecessor

★★★★☆

(4.5 stars)

(Book two in a series. Book one is here. Book three is here.)

O Kevin, O Kneupper! I know it is tempting to name your books fancy things, but considering book three is just ‘Adversary’, maybe you shouldn’t have jumped onto naming book two… Chaos Umpire Sits. It’s a little, well. A little much, isn’t it Kev?

I just finished book three, speaking of, so it’s time for a full write up of book two.

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They Who Fell has major problems, but also, some pretty sick angels

They Who Fell has major problems, but also, some pretty sick angels

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

(Book one. Book two is here, book three is here.)

Good, well written, except for the parts where it wasn’t. Vastly better if there weren’t breaks every other chapter to spend time with four cardboard cutouts of soldiers who mission I ultimately do not care for and root against actively. The Perch is interesting though. And I really wanted Jana to mack on some vaguely evil, untrustworthy angels, so there’s that.

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