Well, I had a productive week finishing my first draft of my current main WIP, so now I’ve got a few days of spring break left to work on some other stuff, like my review project. But first:
- Catch me on Lawrence Schoen’s Eating Authors feature, where I talk about haggis, the traditional Scottish dish so delicious that it’s literally illegal.
- I’ve updated my author bio. I’m paying a lot of money to go to grad school so I might as well brag about it, right?
- And I’ve updated my Goodreads author profile (also with that new bio), and I’m hoping to do a little more on Goodreads going forward aside from just keeping track of my reading progress. It has a couple of cool features for authors that I really should get more into using.
Now, back to the book reviews. I’m now caught up on my list of books from the past few months that I’ve been needing to write reviews for, so my next step is to copy over all of my other Goodreads reviews to Amazon. In the meantime, here’s a look at the books I tackled for this project and some excerpts from the reviews I wrote:
Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi
“…Keiko is a relatable young woman who embodies a dichotomy of youthful uncertainty and driven passion to do what is right.”
(I’ll admit that I didn’t write as detailed of a review of this one as I wanted because it’s been too many months since I read it and I don’t remember enough of the details.)
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
“Every Heart a Doorway is a poetic story about growing up in a world that does not make room for you, an especially poignant theme given the queer representation in the book.”
Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee
“The story takes care to show how Megan, too, changes as a person depending on the events of each scenario, which is probably the most compelling aspect of the book’s premise.”
Buffalo Solider by Maurice Broaddus
“While the story contains quite a bit of action, its shining moments are with the steampunk alternate history world-building, the mystery of the agents Desmond meets and the tension that arises as he tries to puzzle out their identities, motives, and possible benefits to his own goals, and the secret behind what makes Lij so important to these different groups hunting him down.”
The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang
“While the story is fantastical, action-packed, and romantic, perhaps its most compelling aspect is how it reflects upon the nature of grief and trauma, and how these feelings shape our relationships with other people, with our role in the world, and with our perceptions of ourselves.”
And, finally, a book that wasn’t on my backlist for review but that I actually finished this spring break:
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“With a fun, creepy, high-action plot appropriately paced with moments of quiet, and imagery that is both modern and mythic, Certain Dark Things is a highly recommended read for those looking for a fresh revival of the urban vampire genre.”