Review – The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

The Lesson
By: Cadwell Turnbull
Release Date: June 28, 2019
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Award: Audie Award Nominee for Science Fiction (2020)
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First contact with aliens is breathed new life in Cadwell Turnbull’s novel, The Lesson. While this is Turnbull’s first novel-length work, his short fiction has appeared across the web and in literary magazines such as Asimov’s Science Fiction and Lightspeed. His work has also been included in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 and Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019.

Review – Sealed by Naomi Booth

Sealed by Naomi Booth Sealed
By: Naomi Booth
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Publisher: Titan Books
Award: Guardian's Not the Booker Prize Nominee (2018)
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A rather timely horror novel, Sealed by Naomi Booth is set in a world in fear of an epidemic, the knowledge of which is suppressed in a country whose government seems to be sliding into a dystopian landscape. Reading this during the beginnings of the Coronavirus outbreak and around the time of the massive fires in Australia provided a rather morbid ambiance, one that hits a little too close to reality was a very unique experience.

#BlogTour – Kingshold by D.P. Woolliscroft (The Wildfire Cycle Book 1)

Kingshold
By: D. P. Woolliscroft
Release Date: 2018
Publisher: Self Published
Series: The Wildfire Cycle #1
Received From: Blog Tour
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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If you are looking for a perfect marriage of high fantasy and political fantasy, look no further. Kingshold by D. P. Wolliscroft is the first book in The Wildfire Cycle series which focuses on a very tumultuous time in any nation’s history, and one very underutilized within the genre. Jyuth, ancient wizard and a sort of protector of the kingdom, has disposed of the king and queen. After countless centuries and cycles of ineffective rule, Jyuth declares that now is a time of change. Now, the people will elect a Lord Protector. The time of kings—and Jyuth’s protection—is over. It is up to the people now. But no one knows what this change will bring, and not everyone agrees with the wizard’s latest machinations.

#MangaMonday Review – A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol. 1 by Makoto Hagino

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol. 1 A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol. 1
By: Makoto Hagino
Illustrator: Makoto Hagino
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow #1
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol. 1 by Makoto Hagino is a sweet yuri slice-of-life manga. Amano Konatsu is the new girl in town, living with her aunt while her father works overseas. The first day in her new town, Amano stumbles onto an event at her new school held by a club that runs a small aquarium. Koyuki Honami is the head of the club, and Amano can’t help but be instantly drawn to her and her fascinating club.

Review – Perihelion Summer by Greg Egan

Perihelion Summer
By: Greg Egan
Release Date: April 19, 2019
Publisher: Tor.com
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Greg Egan’s Perihelion Summer is a science fiction novella a bit different from his other works. This past Hugo and John W Campbell Memorial Award winner usually writes in hard science fiction, but this novella focuses a bit more on events without necessarily going as deeply into the science behind them.

Blogtour Review: Rise of Gaia by Kristin Ward

Rise of Gaia by Kirstin Ward The Rise of Gaia
By: Kristin Ward
Release Date: August 24, 2019
Publisher: Kristin Ward
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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Today, I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Rise of Gaia by Kristin Ward, winner of the 2018 Winner of the Best Indie Book Award for her previous novel, After the Green Withered. This novel is set in a small American town, and follows Terra, a high school girl. On her seventeenth birthday, she has a vision, one that shows her horrifying scenes of destruction.

#MangaMonday Review – Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Volume 1 by Yuhki Kamatani

Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Volume 1 Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1
By: Yuhki Kamatani
Illustrator: Yuhki Kamatani (Illustrator); Kaitlyn Wiley (Lettering & Retouching)
Translator: Jocelyn Allen (Translator); Ysabet MacFarlane (Adaptation)
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Seven Seas
Series: Our Dreams at Dusk #1
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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This particular manga has been on my radar for quite some time, often lauded by fans and bloggers alike as something that truly stands out within the genre. After reading it, I wholeheartedly agree that they were right. Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1 by Yuhki Kamatani is a manga that is grabs your hearts, but not in the gentle heartfelt way you might think. No. Right from the first page it punches a hole in your chest and grabs at your heart with its bare hands.

Review – The Municipalists by Seth Fried

The Municipalists by Seth Fried The Municipalists
By: Seth Fried
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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Seth Fried’s novel The Municipalists is a fun read featuring government officials, sentient AI, and a potential terroristic plot set in America’s biggest city. With a little bit of near future science fiction and a mystery to solve, there’s a bit of everything tucked away within these pages. Thematically, the story explores people, their relationship to newly emerging technologies, such as advanced AI, as well as the cities we’ve.

#MangaMonday Review – Beastars Vol. 2

Beastars Vol. 2
By: Paru Itagaki
Illustrator: Paru Itagaki
Translator: Tomoko Kimura (Tanslator); Annette Roman (Adaptation)
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: Beastars #2
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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A truly fantastic manga, Beastars, Vol. 2 by Paru Itagaki centers on Legoshi, a wolf, attending high school with both predators and prey. Tensions are high between the two groups; peace is something that could be broken at any moment despite many rules and regulations being in place. If you haven’t read the first volume yet, or are interested in my thoughts on it, please check out my review of Beastars, Vol. 1.

#MangaMonday Review – Our Wonderful Days, Vol. 1 by Kei Hamuro

Our Wonderful Days Volume 1 Our Wonderful Days, Vol. 1
By: Kei Hamuro
Illustrator: Kei Hamuro (Art); Erika Terriquez (Lettering & Retouching)
Translator: Katrina Leonoudakis (Translator); Asha Bardon (Adaptation)
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher: Seven Seas
Series: Our Wonderful Days #1
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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Also known as Tsurezure Biyori, new series Our Wonderful Days Vol. 1 by Kei Hamuro is a sweet slice-of-life yuri manga that is perfect for all lovers of romances and slice-of-life stories set in schools. Once childhood friends, Koharu and Mafuyu drifted apart after Mafuyu moved when they were still young. Now in high school, those seem like distant days. But when Mafuyu moves back to town, she reconnects with Koharu. And, now that their grown, Koharu can’t help but start falling for her friend.