In An Absent Dream–Book Review

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t even know what to write about this one. There was so much magic inside my head is still full of it, and I have questions that were never meant to be answered. It was beautiful. I love these worlds of this series so much! And it really did have to go the way it went, but I really wish I could change it. That’s the beauty of this story.

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Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses–Book Review

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic IllnessesLycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was charming and weird and so much fun. It moved very slowly in a lot of places, but that was perfect. The whole thing was like developing a relationship with these people while also watching them develop a relationship. I really enjoyed the parts that were written as online chats and texts, too. It added weight to the illusion of living alongside of these characters as their relationships grew.

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Beneath the Sugar Sky–Book Review

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m crying. Maybe I should wait to write a review, but I won’t. I want to give this book more than five stars, but I suppose five will do.

There was so much beauty in this book, and the ending was gorgeous with a tinge of bittersweet, and I felt like I was home in some of these story places. I only hope the turtles don’t miss her too much there at the end.

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Signal to Noise–Book Review

Signal to NoiseSignal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wish I could read this book again for the first time. It was beautiful and real, even the magic. I loved all the 80s music references (and I see that we were sorely deprived by not getting to know about all of the Latin artists that were making music at that time–I have some music shopping to do!). The characters felt like people I know, and I loved all of the details of everyone’s lives. I was living in that world from the first page.

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The Whispering Dead–Book Review

The Whispering Dead (Gravekeeper, #1)The Whispering Dead by Darcy Coates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a wonderful cozy paranormal story. I loved every bit of it. Mysteries and ghosts and some quirky characters. I will definitely be visiting this world again. Also, while a primary mystery was solved so there was a satisfying conclusion, there were so many other things left open for me to wonder about! It was very well done and has me very excited to read more and find out what’s going to happen with some of those ongoing mysteries and problems.

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones–Book Review

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the rhythm of the language in this story. It was like a fairytale in so many ways, and yet it was much richer than that. And I loved finding out how Jack and Jill ended up at the school. There’s so much in the first book that has more weight now. I will probably have to reread it.

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What Abigail Did That Summer–Book Review

What Abigail Did That Summer (Rivers of London, #5.3)What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was wonderful to spend some time in one of my favorite fiction universes, and getting to know Abigail better was great. I cannot wait to see what she gets up to as she gets older! The foxes were a delight, too, and I really enjoyed getting a peek into their operations. And I wonder if Nightingale has any clue about her perception of their conversation at the end.

The only criticism I have is what Abigail said to Simon’s mother at the end. I didn’t catch that about Simon at all; I went over a lot of things and tried to make it fit, but I felt like Abigail’s comments about Simon came out of nowhere in a lot of ways. Although in hindsight I could sort of retrofit it, that felt more like a surprise twist than something that was really set up ahead of time. But this was fairly minor overall and didn’t detract from the story–I still loved it as I always do with these stories.

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Harrow Lake–Book Review

Harrow LakeHarrow Lake by Kat Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so good! It was set up like an old horror movie with the eerie atmosphere, and then it unraveled into something much deeper. And the ending was so satisfying! I thought we had a tragedy, but those last pages! I am so happy with where this went. All sorts of unexpected turns but with enough hints in hindsight that nothing seemed like it didn’t belong.

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