Early May Reviews (2024)


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News and Events

I track upcoming book releases by authors we've previously covered on a shareable google calendar.

Notable May Releases:

  • Blood at the Root by LaDarrion Williams

  • The Brides of High Hill by Nghi Vo

  • Disobedience by Daniel Sarah Karasik

  • Evocation by S.T. Gibson

  • Wheel of Fate by A.K. Faulkner

Signal Boost

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Recent Reviews

THE GENTLE ART OF FORTUNE HUNTING by K.J. Charles, book 1 of The Gentlemen of Uncertain Fortune is Historical/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Robin Loxleigh and his sister are fortune hunters who set their sights on an heiress, but her protective uncle becomes entangled with Robin. Told in Second Person with Dual POVs.

BITTEN by Kelley Armstrong, book 1 of Otherworld is Fantasy marketed as Adult. Elena is the only female werewolf. She tries to live away from the Pack, but a series of strange events pull her back. Told in First Person with Single POV.

HOW TO SELL YOUR BLOOD & FALL IN LOVE by D.N. Bryn, book 2 of Guides for Dating Vampires is Fantasy/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Clementine is a vampire who needs blood, Justin is a human who has spent his life around vampires and is willing to sell his blood to Clementine. Told in Third Person with Dual POVs.

BAND SINISTER by K.J. Charles is Historical/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Guy and his sister, Amanda, end up staying at the house of a rake who has a hellfire club when Amanda breaks her leg and can't be moved. Told in Second Person with Dual POVs.

ONE NIGHT IN HARTSWOOD by Emma Denny, book 1 of 14th Century Oxfordshire is Historical/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Raff must track down his sister's missing betrothed. Told in Third Person with Dual POVs.

REEVE OF VEILS by A.K. Faulkner, book 4 of Inheritance is Fantasy/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Frederick is telepathic, it turns out, and there was a lot more going on in KNIGHT OF FLAMES than Laurence and Quentin remember. Told in Third Person with Dual POVs.

Reviews forthcoming for HAUNTED HEARTS by A.K. Faulkner and WHAT FEASTS AT NIGHT by T. Kingfisher.


I did not finish the audiobook of STOLEN by Kelley Armstrong. I love the narrator for the first book (BITTEN) and dislike the new narrator. I might try again with a different format, I’m not sure yet.

Rereads and Older Reviews

I read and then re-read MOST ARDENTLY by Gabe Cole Novoa. It’s an excellent Pride and Prejudice retelling by the author of THE WICKED BARGAIN. I also re-read the entire Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins in preparation for an essay which the Patrons have received and everyone else will get next month.

Current Reads

I’m currently reading DISOBEDIENCE by Daniel Sarah Karasik, re-reading UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld, and I’ve started SAVAGE BOUNTY by Matt Wallace. I’m paused on NICKED by M.T. Anderson, BLOOD JUSTICE by Terry J. Benton-Walker, THE WINGS OF ASHTAROTH by Seve Hugh Westenra, and A CROWN SO CURSED by L.L. McKinney.

In Case You Missed It

This time last year I read TERRIER by Tamora Pierce.

Pluggables and Podcast News

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Speaking of Bookshop, I've put together top picks lists for 2021 onwards. Books are included based on the year they were published, so occasionally older lists might get new titles. To be in the Top Picks list a book needs to get a five-star rating from me, and be published in the year of the list. You can find the 2024 list here.

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