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Annie the Book

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Librarian, velocireader, word nerd.

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Scott Phillips: The Devil Raises His Own (Hardcover, 2024, Soho Crime) 2 stars

This dark historical adventure captures the beginnings of the Hollywood studio system and the “blue …

The Devil Raises His Own, by Scott Phillips

2 stars

Scott Phillips takes Bill Ogden, protagonist of Cottonwood, and transports him years and miles away for this new novel, The Devil Raises His Own. Phillips also adds a huge cast of scoundrels, strivers, and schemes to make things interesting. This mosaic of a novel roams through all kinds of dingy corners of World War I-era Los Angeles to deliver brutal tales of comeuppance and acceptance...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, for review consideration.

T. Kingfisher: A Sorceress Comes to Call (2024, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 5 stars

Cordelia knows her mother is unusual. Their house doesn’t have any doors between rooms, and …

A Sorceress Comes to Call, by T. Kingfisher

5 stars

T. Kingfisher has a gift. I love how she takes elements from folklore and fairy tales and makes them fully realized settings for her characters to inhabit. Where a stock character from an old story has to follow unspoken rules or fulfill predestined roles, Kingfisher’s characters have opportunities to resist and rewrite their stories. A Sorceress Comes to Call, Kingfisher’s latest, delivers a story of a wicked mother and a sheltered daughter à la Rapunzel but adds a clear-sighted and stubborn middle-aged heroine, angry geese, and a terrifying demon horse. Readers, I inhaled this book in a single day...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, for review consideration.

Gordon McAlpine: After Oz (2024, Crooked Lane Books) 3 stars

Kansas, 1896. After a tornado destroys the Gale family farm, 11-year-old Dorothy goes missing. As …

After Oz, by Gordon McAlpine

3 stars

The end of the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, is a happy one. Dorothy has returned home after a tornado whisked her away from her Kansas home. She is reunited with her aunt and uncle. The Wicked Witch is dead and gone. Gordon McAlpine recasts that happy moment in After Oz into a psychological puzzle and a chilling murder mystery. Dorothy Gale herself is relegated to the background while a psychologist, Dr. Evelyn Wilford, and her hometown itself wonder what to make of the young girl...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, for review consideration.

Jared Pechaček: The West Passage (2024, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

When the Guardian of the West Passage died in her bed, the women of Grey …

The West Passage, by Jared Pechaček

4 stars

Jared Pechaček takes us on a strange ride through a depopulated crumbling palace on the brink of doom in The West Passage. This palace, with its monstrous warring Ladies, reminded me of a hive. Our protagonists, Pell and Kew, have to wend their way through a labyrinth to reach the answers and people they need. To make things even more complicated—and possibly allegorical—they have to contend with strange people with their own agendas who threaten to fatally slow our heroes’ efforts to keep the whole palace from toppling into nothing...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, for review consideration.

Paula Brackston: Haunting of Hecate Cavendish (2024, St. Martin's Press) 3 stars

England, 1881. Hereford cathedral stands sentinel over the city, keeping its secrets, holding long forgotten …

The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish, by Paula Brackston

3 stars

According to her mother, Hecate Cavendish needs to settle down with a nice man. According to her father, Hecate is a gifted scholar who should be given the freedom to choose her future. Things in the Cavendish house are, understandably for the late 1800s, tense. As if this weren’t enough, Paula Brackston makes things even more complicated for her protagonist in The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish by, well, introducing some hauntings...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, for review consideration.

reviewed City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky (The Tyrant Philosophers, #1)

Adrian Tchaikovsky: City of Last Chances (Paperback, 2024, Head of Zeus) 4 stars

Arthur C. Clarke winner and Sunday Times bestseller Adrian Tchaikovsky's triumphant return to fantasy with …

City of Last Chances, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

5 stars

Ilmar is a conquered city. Only a few years before Adrian Tchaikovsky’s imaginative novel, City of Lost Chances, opens, it was taken by the Palleseens as part of their quest to “perfect” the world. Tchaikovsky’s cast of characters provide a wonderful selection of vantage points to watch as the city begins to spin out of control, leaving us all to wonder if the long-awaited day of independence might be coming at last. Because there are so many characters, however, I had to reserve judgment about who to root for. Like any other newcomer to Ilmar, I had to wait and watch until everyone’s true colors emerged...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.

Naomi Hirahara: Clark and Division (Hardcover, 2021, Soho Crime) 4 stars

Clark and Division, by Naomi Hirahara

3 stars

Aki Ito has always looked up to her older sister, Rose. Rose was beautiful. She was popular. She was fearless. She was the one to strike out to Chicago to make a new life after the Ito family was incarcerated in Manzanar along with thousands of Japanese Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. So when Rose dies under strange circumstances, Aki has to know what happened and who is responsible. Clark and Division, by Naomi Hirahara, is a thrilling and moving slice of history...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.

Graeme Macrae Burnet: Case Study (Paperback, 2022, Saraband / Contraband) 5 stars

London, 1965. An unworldly young woman believes that a charismatic psychotherapist, Collins Braithwaite, has driven …

Case Study, by Graeme Macrae Burnet

4 stars

Graeme Macrae Burnet works his metafictional magic again in Case Study, a tale of unreliable narrators and unstable identities. The narrator of this book—also named Graeme Macrae Burnet—has been working on a biography of a controversial psychologist when he receives a set of five notebooks from a woman who believed that this psychologist was responsible for her sister’s suicide. The narrator shares the notebooks and his chapters for the biography, leaving it up to us readers to puzzle over all kinds of juicy questions about duty of care, psychological care, identity, personality, mental illness, and so much more. I absolutely devoured this book...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.

reviewed Witch King by Martha Wells

Martha Wells: Witch King (EBook, 2023, Tom Doherty Associates, LLC) 4 stars

Kai-Enna is the Witch King, though he hasn’t always been, and he hasn’t even always …

Witch King, by Martha Wells

5 stars

It’s definitely a sign that you’re going to have a bad day when you wake up dead. One would think that Kai, the protagonist of Martha Wells’s electrifying novel Witch King, would be used to it. This isn’t the first time he’s woken up dead. He is a demon, after all. But waking up dead this time portends a lot more than just a bad day. It might mean the end of everything Kai, his friends, and his allies have worked for...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.