LitStack Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

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Court of Fives Kate Elliott Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date:  August 18, 2015 ISBN 978-0-316-36419-5 It’s wonderful how author Kate Elliott has been able to make Jessamy, the heroine of her YA novel, Court of Fives, so unique a literary character, and yet so recognizable in relation to what’s going on in [….]

LitStack Review: ‘God’s War’ by Kameron Hurley

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God’s War Kameron Hurley Night Shade Books Publication Date:  February 1, 2011 ISBN 978-1-58780-214-7 They say “the third time’s the charm”.  I can’t speak as to the verity of that statement, but it took me three tries before I was finally able to make my way through Kameron Hurley’s dark speculative fiction novel God’s War, [….]

LitStack Review: ‘Boy, Snow, Bird’ by Helen Oyeyemi

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Boy, Snow, Bird Helen Oyeyemi Riverhead Books Release Date:  March 6, 2014 ISBN 978-1-59463-139-9 They’re names.  In case you’ve looked at the title of Helen Oyeyemi’s newest novel and wondered what the heck those three words might have in common, they are proper names of three of the main characters.  Yes, “Boy” is a name.  [….]

LitStack Review: Hero by Alethea Kontis

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Hero (The Woodcutter Sisters) Alethea Kontis Harcourt Children’s Books Release Date:  October 1, 2013 ISBN 0-5440-5677-9 Finally!  A book with a girl – well, young woman, she’s at least 16 –  who is the hero, who isn’t confused about the fact that she’s the hero.  Who doesn’t normally wear skirts and doesn’t particularly like dresses [….]