Book review: Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Some Fine Day Author: Kat Ross Genre: YA SF Publisher: Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot Release Date: July 1, 2014 (North America and digital); Jul 3, 2014 (UK) Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly and knows three things with absolute certainty. She knows that when the world flooded and civilization... Read more

Book review: The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

The Buried Life Author: Carrie Patel Genre: Dystopian, SF Publisher: Angry Robot Release Date: July 29, 2014 (North America), August 7, 2014 (UK) Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Blurb: The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Ricoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.... Read more

Book review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception Author: Mary E. Pearson Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Holt/Macmillan Children’s Release Date: July 15, 2014 Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Blurb: In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance... Read more

Book review: Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

Last God Standing Author: Michael Boatman Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Angry Robot Release date: March 2014 (US/Canada/ebook); April 2014 (UK) Blurb: Creator. Supreme being. Stand-up comic…?! When God decides to quit and join the human race to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose. Sensing his abdication, the other defunct gods of Earth’s vanquished pantheons want a piece of the action He abandoned. Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and... Read more

Review: The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey

The Book of the Crowman Series: The Black Dawn Author: Joseph D’Lacey Publisher: Angry Robot Genre: Fantasy Release date: March 2014 Blurb: It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying. It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world. The search for the shadowy figure known only as the Crowman continues, as the Green Men prepare to rise up... Read more

Review: Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey

Black Feathers Series: The Black Dawn Author: Joseph D’Lacey Publisher: Angry Robot Genre: Fantasy Release date: April 2013 Blurb: It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying. It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world. In each era, a child shall be chosen. Their task is to find a dark messiah known only as the Crowman. But is... Read more

Review: Astral Tide

Astral Tide Author: Anna Silver Genre: YA/Dystopian Publisher: Anna Silver Release Date: February 25, 2012 Blurb: London and her friends are fugitives in a reprocessed world where anything New is illegal. But as Otherborn, they’re different. They can dream and create, which hasn’t gone unnoticed. After fleeing Capital City with an assassin on their heels, the Otherborn found nothing went according to plan. Now, they are down by two and on the run in the... Read more

Review: The Woken Gods

The Woken Gods Author: Gwenda Bond Publisher: Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot Genre: YA Release Date: September 2013 Formats: Paperback and Ebook Blurb: Five years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awoke around the world. This morning, Kyra Locke is late for school. Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington, D.C., home to the embassies of divine pantheons and the mysterious Society of the Sun. But when rebellious Kyra encounters two trickster gods on her way back... Read more

Post-apocalypse new parenthood, revisited

A really, really long time ago, I wrote about having a baby and being a new parent in the post-apocalypse (and by extension, the apocalypse). In those posts, I had all sorts of fun tips about how to survive with a baby and all that during the fun post-apocalyptic period before things settle down into quaint dystopia. I had a baby not too long ago, so everything is once again fresh in my mind. Therefore,... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 13

Le disclaimer: This post contains spoilers about episode 13, the season finale, of Under the Dome (titled “Curtains”). Do NOT read this post if you have not yet seen the episode and plan to. First of all, HALLELUJAH this show is DONE. Time to celebrate! Second of all, what the holy hell WAS that?! To the writers of this show, that was a terrible season finale. Terrible. I just…I can’t even… Did everyone go batshit?... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 12

Le disclaimer: This post contains spoilers about episode 12 of Under the Dome (titled “Exigent Circumstances”). Do not read this post if you have not yet seen the episode and plan to. Also, apologies for getting this post up so late. I had a hard time watching this without wanting to throw things at my TV, I was so pissed off at EVERYBODY IN IT. (There is seriously not a single likable character in this... Read more

Review: Crux by Ramez Naam

Crux  Book 2 in the Nexus series Author: Ramez Naam Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Angry Robot Release Date: August 27, 2013 (US/Canada), September 5, 2013 (UK) Formats: Paperback and E-book Blurb: Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 11

Le disclaimer: This post contains spoilers about episode 11 of Under the Dome (titled “Speak of the Devil”). Do not read this post if you have not yet seen the episode and plan to. Wow. Okay. I didn’t think this show could possibly get any more WTF. I mean, remember back in the 90s when Days of Our Lives did that storyline where Marlena was possessed by the devil? (I realize I may have just... Read more

Recap: Under the Dome Episode 10

Regular disclaimer: This recap contains spoilers about episode 10 of Under the Dome, titled “Let the Games Begin.” Do not read this post if you have not yet seen the episode and plan to. Okay, well, the good news is, there are only three episodes left. The bad news is…WTF. What was THAT about? The introduction of blackmailing Blonde Lady (I believe her name’s Max or something) just derailed a show that was already so far... Read more