Review: How She Got Those Scars

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How She Got Those Scars by Olivia Hennis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another story set in the Iron Garden world. This one felt like a snippet of a much bigger work and leaves you kind of feeling that your missing something to understand what’s going on. Like this is a teaser to a book or such.
Overall still a good story about a Sandling who goes to search for her lost love, the only clue being a mirror.

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Review: A Taste of Faerie

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A Taste of Faerie by Olivia Hennis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

it is what it says on the tin. It’s both a story about getting a taste of fae brew, an a short story about passing by the fae. It would be nice to have a full book of these slices of people interacting with the fae, both good… and bad.

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Review: Robopocalypse

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I got a feeling this was going to be “that kind of book” from the first few sentences. “That kind of book” being a dudebro book where all the women are barely there and everything is death, shooting and violence with next to no character development. Any development there is involves hurting people, insults, or other displays of machoism.

This is indeed that kind of book. There are only three women at the end of the book. The other disappear or die. The three left over are “fragile pretty” prize that Cormac gets at the end of the book. Mathilda which is the female sidekick that you get in video games that tells you your mission...

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Review: The Girl from the Sea

The Girl from the Sea
The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this ARC from NetGallery.

First of all I want to say that this book gets a trigger warning for domestic violence, gaslighting and I’d say rape by deception. This book also contains some girl hate and gendered slurs.

So this book is about Mia who has amnesia. I’m not sure amnesia really works like it does in the book, but it’s plot amnesia for the book to work.
I’ll also mention that this book is not supernatural, though Mia does have some hallucinations.
It’s hard to review this book without spoiling all the whole plot. I will say the attempted murderer was predictable, however there is a twist to it as well.

First of all, I didn’t really like how weak Mia was when dealing with Piers...

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Review: Last Dragon

Last Dragon
Last Dragon by J.M. McDermott
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I received this book from the Apex Book Minions program for an honest review.

TRIGGER WARNING: Talk of rape, Romani slurs, abuse

Honestly this book was a confusing mess to me. It jumps around in time and between people on occasion to where I just couldn’t put the pieces together.
FIrst of all I don’t really know who the main character is. I think her name is Zhan, but I’m not sure. I think she might be white, still not sure. Maybe Adel was?

As for diversity this book feels like it was using a checklist.
“Brown person – check
Gypsy – check
Red head – check
Autistic person – check”

Even so lots of people in this book are described as having dark or black skin, however it seems to be different than brown skin...

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Review: Slum Online

Slum Online
Slum Online by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So imagine a fanfiction about fighting games. OK.. now open your eyes! Yes this is a book that is basically about a dude that somehow gets a girlfriend and treats her like trash, but she sticks with him anyways. That’s after you are left wondering how they even hooked up and when they started dating as she’s mentioned so little past a part that you see on the cover where she’s squeeing for a stuffed animal and of course dudebro gets it for her. Also she’s terrible at fighting games of course.

Expect TONS of info dumping about how the fights are going, tons of info about button presses and how generally polygons are rendered. Tetsuo/Etsuro (KANEDA!) also describes real life sounds as “sound FX”.
Then in the end it’...

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Review: Matched

Matched by Ally Condie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The worst thing about this book is that it’s boring. Nothing really happens until about 80%. Everything else is just kind of a slow burn.

There is a love triangle going on. Though I’m kind of glad it doesn’t get super annoying and Xander actually helps Cassia out in the end.
Overall though there was too much about Ky and not enough about Cassia. Ultimately it is a story about a woman pining after a boy.

I don’t know what the diversity quotient is, given of course that nobody’s skin is describe so I assume white.
Girl hate was on the low to non-existant end. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of sexism either..only because the characters really do nothing.

So if you like slow books where not much happens, that are sort of sci-fi-y...

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Review: Night on the Galactic Railroad & Other Stories from Ihatov

Night on the Galactic Railroad & Other Stories from Ihatov
Night on the Galactic Railroad & Other Stories from Ihatov by Kenji Miyazawa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s got a bunch of fairytale like stories at the beginning. One involving anthropomorphic railroad signals in love.
The main story however is about Giovanni and his trip on the Galactic Railroad with Campanella.
Most of the story is fever dream, dream logic style stories involving flat cranes and other things like that. In the end Giovanni gives no shits about Campanella.

I really don’t get why thisi s a classic other than people don’t really understand that it’s mostly nonsense?

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Review: Honor’s Flight

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Honor’s Flight by Lindsay Buroker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is definitely an improvement over the first book, having no threat of sexual assault to get the point across that someone is evil. The after story however mentions slavers which is almost treading back into that territory.
The book however seems to change up some of the characters skin colors for some odd reason. Beck goes from being black to being “bronze” which reads to me that he has a much lighter skin tone.
Another factor that’s still there is the reliance on Leonidas to get them all out of a situation with his cyborg powers. Which once again means our hero has to rely on a man to bail her out of a situation.
It’s getting better slowly.

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Review: Tokyo Ghoul: Days

Tokyo Ghoul: Days
Tokyo Ghoul: Days by Sui Ishida
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Going to post this in the beginning but it seems that ViZ cut out some of the character art that was in the book. Found some on the TG wiki.
The author here can’t write women to save his life. All of them are somehow evil or simpering.
These stories would have been better if all of them didn’t involve some kind of violence on some part. They all could have been slice of life, but no we have to throw in random violence to spice the story up. The last story is just written so bad that some parts don’t even make sense. It was also about a guy that spends 5 seconds on screen before he’s killed too.

Overall the whole idea that Ghouls are somehow sympathetic characters is killed when the examples of them we have are viole...

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