Review: The Girl with All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Everyone and their mother is reading The Girl With All The Gifts, and that is how it should be. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh. Melanie is a very special... Read more

Book review: The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

The Mirror Empire Author: Kameron Hurley Series: Worldbreaker Saga (book 1) Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Angry Robot Release date: September 2, 2014 (North America); September 4, 2014 (UK) Note: This book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Blurb: On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself. In... Read more

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

My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces (by Evonne Tsang)

On a whim I picked up a graphic novel from the 80% off shelf at Comicopia with low expectations and a piqued curiosity for something apocalyptic (as always). One of the books I grabbed was My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang. This is one in a series of books about girls who love boys lacking some of the qualifications to make them human. Most of these boys are also... 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: OBLIVION

I feel like mentioning that this review has spoilers is the right thing to do, but really Oblivion spoils itself in the first five minutes and this review turned into more of a recap. I don’t think good movies tend to start with five minutes of exposition explaining the setup and back story and what the main character’s job is and who that lady in his bed is and oh let’s not forget “the mandatory memory wipe... 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

REVIEW: Awakening #1 (Archaia)

Awakening, like all zombie stories, starts the same way. Someone notices that something isn’t right and  they either ignore it or try to do something about it. They tell someone who’s skeptical and then, suddenly, it’s undeniable. However, in Awakening there’s no suddenly. The build is slow and magnified by the artwork. It’s hard to tell what you’re seeing, just as it’s hard to tell what’s really happening in the city of Park Falls. The... 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