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Otherbound is trying very, very hard, but just isn’t that good

Otherbound is trying very, very hard, but just isn’t that good

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

This is a very meh book. I didn’t particularly want it to be, but it failed me in every way. There was nothing really going on, the writing was dull, the worldbuidling was clearly making an effort but explained poorly, and nothing felt interesting, legitimate, or real.

The characters are diverse, but even in the reviews that’s all anyone can talk about. Yay for diversity! Not much to cheer about otherwise.

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A Soul To Take has a great premise, but needs a rewrite (or two)

A Soul To Take has a great premise, but needs a rewrite (or two)

★☆☆☆☆

(1 star)

(This is a review of a free ARC I got from the publisher. As you may guess, this did not impact or change my review or review process. These opinions are my honest own.)

I hate to leave a negative review, especially for a book I’d been excited for, especially for a book by a debut author, especially for a book from an indie press… but here we are.

This book was right up my wheelhouse- wait, scratch that, it was parked in my garage. Urban fantasy? Demons? Demon-human integration? (with promise of political-social implications of that?) Beauty and the Beast type romance? Soul selling? Gothic cyberpunk? Yes. Yes please. It was on my ‘to-read’ list before I’d gotten myself an ARC.

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Archangel Protocol: Sometimes, you find something unexpected(ly good)

Archangel Protocol: Sometimes, you find something unexpected(ly good)

★★★☆☆

(3.5 stars)

(About the rating: This book gets three stars, but the rest of the series is all five stars. I’ll probably review them later, and will address why this one is much lower, but let it be known: these are good books.)

Ever since I found the wonder that was mallworld*, I’ve been really riding on that fantastical hope that mysterious second hand bookstores are going to lead me to obscure and lovable stories. I don’t really think that ideal is true or false right now- it’s just my way of saying I picked this book off the shelf for two bucks and with zero expectations.

It didn’t disappoint, only because there was nothing to be disappointed with.

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Welcome to Night Vale (novel) proves you can be too weird

Welcome to Night Vale (novel) proves you can be too weird

★★★☆☆

(3 stars)

Night vale is a podcast whose primary purpose is, as far as I can tell, being as weird as possible. There’s a certain quality to their writing, one that with a sort of “modern gothic” vibe- in the world of Night vale, the ordinary is strange, and anything can be bizarre. I’ve never listened to Nightvale’s podcast (the main characters voice, inexplicably, grates my ears), but for a while it swept the Internet, so I consider myself fairly informed as to the basics. In 2015, Night Vale put out a novel that shared the name of the podcast: Welcome to Night Vale. Auditory distress aside, I had enough interest to pick the book up.

In hardcover, nonetheless! It’s a lovely cover, a beautiful looking book, and doesn’t require prior knowledge of the podcast to read, though some characters from the radio show do appear. The plot is promising: A Man in a Tan Jacket is appearing throughout the small desert town of Night Vale, distributing papers which only say ‘King City’, and which you are unable to get rid of. Local pawnshop owner/eternally 19-year-old Jackie is determined to figure out who he is, while PTA member Diane has to deal with her shape shifting teenage son and the sudden, many reappearances of his father.

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