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Review: Newborn by Agustin Maes

Guest Review by Hayli May Cox Newborn Review Certain events in our histories have the power to eclipse all else that might … shine through, and the past three years have cast a long shadow. This soft, shimmering light of a book is Agustin Maes debut novella and is one such obscured work which deserves…

Review: Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood

Title: Wildblood| Pub Date: 2023-02-07 | Pages: 336| Genre: YA Dark Fantasy | Source: NetGalley | Starred Review Wildblood Review I read Lauren Blackwood’s debut, Within These Wicked Walls and loved it, so I was eager to read Wildblood. This is a tricky book to review. Some of the ideas in this world are fascinating. The sentient forest is intriguing and there was…

The Path to Public Redemption

Introduction: Over the past several months, multiple scandals have rocked the publishing industry. Presses were exposed for failing to pay authors. Authors were exposed as sexual predators. Others attempted to defend those authors, and harassed the victims. Issues have affected writer organizations, publishers, authors, reviewers, booksellers, and readers. I wrote this article because healing for…

Exempting Yourself from the Right to Equality

It’s common for people to believe they’ve fallen into a catch 22 when it comes to freedom of speech and hate speech. If we’re really embracing freedom of expression, doesn’t that mean all expression? Doesn’t that mean that the racists and sexists, the white supremacists and neo-Nazis, have to be afforded the same rights? Perform…

Review: Lake Mungo

Lake Mungo is a movie that snuck up on me and wormed itself into me. I think about Lake Mungo a lot, especially the final moments. When I saw that the site didn’t have a review of it, I had my writing assignment chosen for me because I want people to watch this little film.…

Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson #BookReview

Title: Yesterday is History| Author: Kosoko Jackson | Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire| Pub Date: 02/02/2021 | Pages: 320| ISBN13: 978-1492694342 | Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Romance | Language: English | Source: NetGalley| Starred Review Yesterday is History Review Yesterday is History sneaks into the sci-fi genre because it involves time travel. Andre is a teenager whose life was put on hold by cancer, but when he receives a liver from a donor he gets a second chance, and…

#BookReview: Unraveller by Frances Hardinge

Title: Unraveller | Pub Date: 2023-01-10 | Pages: 432 | Genre: YA Dark Fantasy | Source: NetGalley | Starred Review Unraveller Review “… one cannot throw away everything that is touched by pain.” This simple truth is the undercurrent that drives Unraveller. This is a dark YA fantasy novel that touches on profound themes, about…

Review: Vesper (2022)

Vesper “ONE SEED CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING. After the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, Vesper, a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her paralyzed Father, meets a mysterious Woman with a secret that forces Vesper to use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the possibility of a future.” Vesper is a small budget, lo-fi,…

Review: Bishop by Candace Nola

Skeleanor returns with a video review covering the positives and her niggles with Bishop. Please note: trigger warnings for Indigenous viewers, as some of the content in the video, and below the video here, may cause offense. A look at the positives, and my niggles/quibbles with Bishop, by Candace Nola. Bishop has a really great…

Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier #BookReview

Title: Year of the Reaper | Author: Makiia Lucier | Publisher: Clarion | Pub Date: 9/11/2021 | Pages: 336 | ISBN13: 978-0358272090 | Genre: YA Fantasy/Supernatural Thriller | Language: English | Source: NetGalley | Starred Review Year of the Reaper Review Year of the Reaper introduces a compelling protagonist in the first chapter. After being a prisoner for three years and being chained and abused, Cas is a different person than the one who…

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