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C. L. Polk: Even Though I Knew The End (Hardcover, 2022, Doherty Associates, Tor) 4 stars

A magical detective dives into the affairs of Chicago's divine monsters to secure a future …

Short and Sweet Hard Boiled Magic

5 stars

This picked up on a couple of genres that have been fairly well-trod, but was so well written they seemed fresh and propulsive. Helen and Edith were likeable and relatable, and the prose was direct but enjoyable and descriptive. The use of magic was well thought out. I thought the short length benefited the book, it made its points and got in and out.

One nitpick is that a lot of the characters' ages seemed off. Chronologically they were mid-20s, but it feels like Helen was written as older.

The thing that stands out most to be is that it's written so well it leaves you wanting more, but also explains to you why the story's a closed loop, and shouldn't continue beyond what was written.

Even though Helen knew the end, it's not going to stop me from speculating that their story after the book plays out differently. Hey, …

C. L. Polk: Even Though I Knew The End (Hardcover, 2022, Doherty Associates, Tor) 4 stars

A magical detective dives into the affairs of Chicago's divine monsters to secure a future …

Aww this is really cute....

3 stars

Short, fast, intense, and overall a really fun read.

I read this whole book in about two hours. While the beginning didn't really grab me, the clues that led to the twist were there from the start, and I had a really fun time picking them out during the finale. The particular phrases the narrator used were annoying before they became charming, but I feel they lent to strong characterization more than hurt my opinion of the story.

The worldbuilding in this book was really cool. The more I think about the setup of the world and the way the magic system works, the more I want to learn! I especially liked how the author portrayed angels and the idea of heaven, as well as magic practicioners' connections to the morals of the bible.

3.4/5 stars rounded down, might change once I've digested the book a bit more. I recommend …

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Adrienne Young: Spells for Forgetting (2022, Random House Publishing Group) 3 stars


2 stars

There wasn't a lot of substance in this book until the final 10%. Other readers have said that they'd reread for the cozy fall vibes, and it is very slice of life, but I wish we learned more about the island and community for those slice of life moments. When the island of Saoirse became a narrator, it made me wish we had more of it's point of view, as a primary aspect of the story's narration is in regard to how much the island is its own separate entity and controls the magic, and the people of Saoirse as an extension.

The plot itself was interesting enough. I didn't think that the characters were very interesting, though Emery got more characterization near the end of the story as more past events were revealed. I was surprised by the ending, the twist that I had guessed (view spoiler) was flipped, …

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Susanna Clarke: Piranesi (2020, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc) 4 stars

Piranesi's house is no ordinary building; its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls …


5 stars

I loved this one!

It's the story of "Piranesi", as written in his diary. Piranesi lives in a place he calls the house, which is filled with halls and rooms, no two of which are the same, and with statues all over the place. There are clouds in the upper level of the house, and water in the lower levels, water which sometimes floods the middle levels. As far as Piranesi knows, he has alwas lived in the house, and the only other person we meet is the Other, who meets with Piranesi once a week, but who's whereabouts the rest of the time are unknown.

The quickly suspects things are not quite as Piranesi describes them, and the rest of the plot consists of Piranesi finding his place in the world again.

I loved the prose and the setting of this one, and there were a number of callouts …

Susanna Clarke: Piranesi (Paperback, 2020, Bloomsbury Publishing) 4 stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, an …

Intrigue! Mystery! Other worlds!

4 stars

This book started off strange and developed into a lovely mystery that I had fun unraveling alongside the narrator.

Susanna Clarke uses her descriptions of the narrator's environment to the fullest degree. What at first I found a confusing place was clear once the narration started. Piranesi is such an interesting character, and his voice in this book is unlike most others I've read.

4/5. This book is so creative, intriguing, and only the very beginning was hard to understand. I've never read a book like Piranesi, but I hope to find many more.

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Brom: Slewfoot (Hardcover, 2021, Tor Nightfire) 4 stars

A spirited young Englishwoman, Abitha, arrives at a Puritan colony betrothed to a stranger – …

Review of 'Slewfoot' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Abitha is trying her best to fit in to this strange new world, America where she is wedded to a man she never knew until her father sold her off from England. Though not necessarily in love with her new husband there is an affection there, and she does what she can to be a good wife. Her husband's brother is a selfish and greedy man while her husband is often too meek to stand up to him. The villagers are Puritans, and are more realistically portrayed in this work of historical fiction than in the actual history book I was made to study as a child. They are not people who believe in religious freedom, they are my way or the highway kind of people who would sooner shackle you and stone you than let you get away with being 2 minutes late for a sermon, and heaven help …

Brom: Slewfoot (Hardcover, 2021, Tor Nightfire) 4 stars

A spirited young Englishwoman, Abitha, arrives at a Puritan colony betrothed to a stranger – …

This was a Good One

2 stars

Be sure to check trigger warnings before reading this book!

I really like Slewfoot. It’s my first Brom book, but definitely made me want to read more.

Slewfoot is about a woman brought to a Puritan colony in America after being sold as a wife to one of the men there. While Abitha and her husband live outside the colony, they still go to church and are beholden to the morals of the townsfolk there. Abitha pokes at the Puritan religion through the entire book, and I feel it would have been more believable if there were another woman that also had doubts about their religion.

The book started out very slice-of-life, with a dash of horrific imagery and magic here and there. I really liked the magical aspects of this book. The combination of pagan and Christian morals was interesting. I also really liked how the magic was universal, …