LitStack Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Crooked Kingdom Leigh Bardugo Henry Holt and Co. Release Date:  September 27, 2016 ISBN 978-1-62779-213-4 Back in March, I wrote a review of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, where I admitted that it’s lead character, Kaz Brekker, had become my new favorite anti-hero. In Crooked Kingdom, the one-sided love affair […]

LitStack Review: After Atlas by Emma Newman

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After Atlas Emma Newman Roc Release Date:  November 8, 2016 ISBN 978-0-425282-40-3 Last year, Emma Newman’s novel, Planetfall, chronicled the aftermath of an interstellar expedition whose participants thought they had found the resting place of God. Led by the unshakable faith of the genius scientist known as the Pathfinder, a […]

LitStack Review: Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

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Ghost Talkers Mary Robinette Kowal Tor Books Release Date:  August 16, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-7825-5 Mary Robinette Kowal is the absolute queen of historical speculative fiction. First, in her Glamourist Histories series, she invokes Regency England but with a twist – her England includes an elegant magic, known as “glamour”, which […]

LitStack Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Dark Matter Blake Crouch Publisher:  Crown Release Date:  July 26, 2016 ISBN 978-1-101-90422-0 When you read in an author’s Acknowledgements page, and he thanks his film and TV manager, and his entertainment attorney, and then you read the line, “I couldn’t ask for a stronger group trying to make XXXXX, […]

LitStack Review: Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley

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Steeplejack A. J. Hartley Tor Teen Release Date:  June 14, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-8342-6 Multiculturalism is a tricky subject to capture, especially when your audience is younger and expects a YA fantasy, not a heavy-handed historical morality play.  Kudos to A. J. Hartley, then, for bringing a story that neither shies […]

LitStack Review: The Race by Nina Allen

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The Race Nina Allen Titan Books Release Date:  July 19, 2016 ISBN 978-1-785650-36-9 Originally published in 2014 by NewCon Press and rereleased in 2016 by Titan Books, Nina Allen’s novel The Race is hard to describe – but wonderful to read. On the surface, the five sections of the book […]

LitStack Review – Icon by Genevieve Valentine

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Icon Genevieve Valentine Saga Press Release Date:  June 28, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4814-2515-5 ~ * ~ Welcome to diplomacy.  Adapt or die. There is something about Genevieve Valentine’s writing that I find… incredibly fetching.  While many authors compose stellar narratives and strikingly compelling prose, she is one of the few who […]

LitStack Review – Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

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Shadowshaper Daniel José Older Arthur A. Levine Books Release Date:  June 30, 2015 ISBN 978-0-545-59161-4 I am not a teenager (nowhere near).  I am not Puerto Rican (or even a person of color).  I am not a native New Yorker (been there quite a few times, but never longer than […]

LitStack Review: Company Town by Madeline Ashby

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Company Town Madeline Ashby Tor Books Release Date:  May 17, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-8290-0 Go Jung-hwa is my new favorite hero. Hwa is half-Korean and lives in a possible near future, in New Arcadia, a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes.  She’s tiny, but tough, a master […]

LitStack Review: The God Wave by Patrick Hemstreet

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The God Wave Patrick Hemstreet Harper Voyager Release Date:  May 17, 2016 ISBN 978-0-06-241950-7 The tale starts simply:  neuroscientist Chuck Brenton is musing on the plasma-screened brain wave chart of a cellist as she concentrates on mastering a difficult musical passage, and thinks back to when EEGs of those electrical […]