GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD by Karen Healey

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Guardian of the Dead Karen Healey Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN-10: 031604430X   ▬ᴥ▬ Karen Healey’s Guardian of the Dead managed the difficult task of completely blowing away my expectations after just fourteen pages. It’s no secret that a lot of young adult fiction has fallen into a depressingly familiar rut, nor could it [….]

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

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Imaginary Girls Nova Ren Suma Dutton Children’s ISBN-13: 978-0525423386 ▬ᴥ▬ It’s tempting to call Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls ‘dream-like’, given how its plot treads the haphazard line between reality and fantasy in virtually every scene. In a lot of cases, though, that description falls short, implying a kind of creative free-for-all in which any [….]

The Unincorporated Woman by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin

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  The Unincorporated Woman Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin Tor Books ISBN-13: 978-0765327246 ▬ᴥ▬ You’ve probably at least heard of Dani and Eyton Kollins’ sci-fi duology (now trilogy): The Unincorporated Man and its sequel The Unincorporated War have been…somewhat polarising, let’s say. That’s perhaps not too surprising, given that virtually every description of the books you’re likely [….]

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

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Shades of Milk and Honey Mary Robinette Kowal Tor Books ISBN-13: 978-0765325600 ─ᴥ─ Playing with genre tropes seems to be all the rage these days. Sometimes this takes the form of a literary author writing in a “popular” format (Kazuo Ishiguro comes to mind), thus crossing the supposedly insurmountable literary/genre divide, and sometimes it simply [….]