Late April 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

TO GAZE UPON WICKED GODS by Molly X. Chang, book 1 of To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods is Fantasy marketed as Young Adult. Ruying teams up with a prince among the Roman colonizers to save her family's lives. Told in First/Third Person with Dual POVs.

WHAT MOVES THE DEAD by T. Kingfisher, book 1 of Sworn Soldier is Horror, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Alex Easton is a retired soldier who visits an ailing friend and discovers something is amiss at their home. Told in First Person with Single POV.

THE UNWANTED PROPHET by Carolina Cruz, book 1 of The Creed of Gethin is Fantasy, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Quincy is made the prophet of Gethin, but his priests are rather upset by her sudden elevation. Told in Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

A TASTE OF HONEY by Kai Ashante Wilson, book 2 of The Sorceror of the Wildeeps is Fantasy, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Aquib has fallen in love with a soldier, but his family needs him to marry. Told in Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

THE FORGOTTEN LYRIC by Carolina Cruz, book 2 of The Creed of Gethin is Fantasy, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Kennet is a former assassin, hired to solve the poisoning of a child. Told in Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

HOW TO BITE YOUR NEIGHBOR & WIN A WAGER by D.N. Bryn, book 1 of Guides for Dating Vampires is Fantasy/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Vincent is a vampire who can't stay away, Wesley is a human who needs a vampire as bait. Told in Third Person with Dual POVs.

Reviews forthcoming for THE GENTLE ART OF FORTUNE HUNTING by K.J. Charles and HOW TO SELL YOUR BLOOD & FALL IN LOVE by D.N. Bryn.


A few DNFs this time around:

  • imPerfect Magic by C.N. Rowan

  • Kiss Me Deadly by Jessie Thomas

  • When Shadows Fall by Lindy Enns

No Review (Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, etc.)

A FATE INKED IN BLOOD by Danielle L. Jensen is probably not getting a full review. I don’t even know how it ended up on my list of books to read, and since most things I’m reading now tend to be queer I thought it would be too, but if it is it wasn’t in a way I noticed. It was fine, not amazing, but fine, and I don’t want to write a whole post just to damn it with faint praise.

Rereads and Older Reviews

I just finished my re-read of the Inheritance series by A.K. Faulkner. The books remain excellent and I’m very excited for WHEEL OF FATE (coming in May).

Current Reads

I’m paused in reading BLOOD JUSTICE by Terry J. Benton-Walker, THE WINGS OF ASHTAROTH by Steve Hugh Westenry, NICKED by M.T. Anderson, CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins, and A CROWN SO CURSED by L.L. McKinney. I got distracted by the possibility of a future essay about Alexis Hall’s writing, and so I’m reading BOYFRIEND MATERIAL.

In Case You Missed It

This time last year I read CURSES by Lish McBride, a Beauty and the Beast retelling which expertly weaves in other tales.

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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