The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

As I mentioned in my June TBR post, this month I am participating in the #ReadersWithoutBorders readathon organised by @JDRoberts_SFF over at The Worlds of Sci-fi & Fantasy, raising money for Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Check out his event post to find out how you can participate, or to donate toContinue reading “The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders”

STORMBLOOD by Jeremy Szal

Even if you’re not into military sci-fi, don’t make the mistake of overlooking STORMBLOOD, an epic debut novel from Jeremy Szal. Perhaps more accurately described as a sci-fi mystery/thriller, this is an incredibly well thought out, multi-faceted sci-fi story written with an emotional intelligence that can be lacking in the genre. Since I started reviewingContinue reading “STORMBLOOD by Jeremy Szal”

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Jebi is a Hwagugin artist and somewhat of a pacifist, struggling to make a living in a country recently incorporated into the Empire of Razan. When Razanei racism threatens Jebi’s livelihood, they accept a job at the Ministry of Armor, using their artistic skills to harness the mysterious magic that gives life to the automata,Continue reading “Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee”

Dust & Lightning by Rebecca Crunden

In the rather short lifespan of jakeisreading.com I’ve only reviewed titles from well-known publishers, so I was excited when Rebecca Crunden provided me with a copy of her self-published book Dust & Lightning in exchange for an honest review. It turned out to be a no fuss, straight up space adventure that I tore throughContinue reading “Dust & Lightning by Rebecca Crunden”

Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

Feathertide is a heartfelt coming of age story written in the style of a fairy tale, making it a perfect next read for fans of Naomi Novik or Katherine Arden. Marea is born with a unique trait of mysterious origin – golden bird feathers, covering her body. As a girl, her mother convinces her thatContinue reading “Feathertide by Beth Cartwright”

The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay

The Animals in That Country is a (weirdly prescient) book that takes place at the onset of a viral flu pandemic. However instead of developing a questionable sense of grocery store etiquette, those infected with the virus develop an ability to communicate with animals. The story follows Jean, a wannabe park ranger who has aContinue reading “The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay”

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

To be rated upon release The Inheritance Cycle had a huge influence on me as a teenager and helped ignite my love of dragons, fantasy and reading in general. So after a bit of radio silence from Christopher Paolini, I was incredibly excited to read early chapters from To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.Continue reading “To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini”

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence (Book of the Ice 1)

I’m a Mark Lawrence virgin. There, I said it. But The Girl and the Stars caught my attention as it has a similar setting to Megan Lindholm’s (Robin Hobb’s) amazing Reindeer People duology, and I only have two regrets. The first, that I left it so darn long to pick up one of Lawrence’s books.Continue reading “The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence (Book of the Ice 1)”