Review—Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

Last year, I read and reviewed the first book in Mishell Baker’s “Arcadia Project” series, Borderline, and I was so pleased when Saga Press sent me the followup, Phantom Pains! Baker continues the series with more intricate and world- and mythology-building, and of course, Millie Roper’s bluntness and indomitable character.

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Review—Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

When you’re in high school, your friends are more than friends; they’re a safety net, sounding board, and sometimes even closer than family. That was the case for Carver Briggs and his friends Eli, Blake, and Mars…until he loses it all in a way he’d never imagined. Continue reading

Review—The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

What happens when we give in to all-consuming fear? Peternelle van Arsdale examines this question in her novel The Beast is an Animal, an allegory about the danger of allowing fear to rule a society.

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Review—A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

It’s no secret to anyone that I love Deanna Raybourn‘s books. I love Lady Julia Grey, and in fact I refuse to read the last book in that series (though I have it) because NO and no.

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Review—Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

It’s no secret that I admire Roxane Gay for her ability to write (An Untamed State broke me, and Bad Feminist was at turns funny, raw, and made me be so reflective it hurt to think). Her new collection of short stories out today, Difficult Women, shares the story of women—women too strong for life, who keep secrets, who give too much of themselves or choose to keep enough of themselves sacred and untouchable. It tells the story of women as we are—not how other people wish we would be.

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