What I’m Reviewing: Not Now, Not Ever

Who It’s By: Lily Anderson

What It’s About:

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer.

1. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mom’s base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender’s Game, Ellie’s seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it’s much less Luke/Yoda/”feel the force,” and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn’t appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she’d be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her determination, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and run away to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College—the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program, and her dream school. She’s also going to start over as Ever Lawrence: a new name for her new beginning. She’s even excited spend her summer with the other nerds and weirdos in the completion, like her socially-awkward roommate with neon-yellow hair, and a boy who seriously writes on a typewriter and is way cuter than is comfortable or acceptable.

The only problem with her excellent plan to secretly win the scholarship and a ticket to her future: her golden-child, super-genius cousin Isaiah has had the same idea, and has shown up at Rayevich smugly ready to steal her dreams and expose her fraud in the process.

This summer’s going to be great.

You should check this book out if you like: tons of references to Oscar Wilde, nerdy Black heroines, sweet romance development, and stories set in summer camps.

Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/2je47Ih

Giveaway Link (Sweepstakes End Friday night): https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/5bec7b8b273f2abd?ref_=pe_1771210_134854370#ts-fo

Thank you so much for watching my review and I’ll do my best to get a transcript together asap!

I think that the best thing about The Children of Blood and Bone is seeing multiple characters on the page that look like me and my family. Epic fantasy series aren’t exactly known for their stunning racial diversity and it’s been hard to get into the subgenre of fantasy considering it’s yet another one that I can’t picture myself in.

[Small Stitch Reviews] Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone (Five Chapter Preview)

For the most part, I liked River of Teeth because there were definitely some awesome and unexpected moments. The characters, while maybe not fleshed out as much as they’d be in a longer work, were still more than interesting enough to leave me wanting a sequel (which is ~happening~). My main faves because I’m predictable are the main(est) character, Winslow Houndstooth, and nonbinary Black badass, Hero. I adore them SO MUCH.

On top of that, my jaded, Western-obsessed behind (blame my darling dad who has been a fan of Westerns from the 50’s and raised me to follow in his footsteps) loved the feel of the novella. It was just so dang engaging!

However, there are some rough spots that River of Teeth can’t quite manage to navigate around. Namely when it comes to two of the main characters and descriptions for characters that aren’t actual hippos.

Title: River of Teeth
Authors: Sarah Gailey (Twitter)
Rating: Recommended With Criticism
Genre/Category: Historical Fiction, Western, Queer Fiction, Hippos, Alternate History
Release Date: May 23, 2017

Publisher: Tor.Com Publishing


Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of the views in this review are my own.

[Book Review] River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Title: Making Love
Author: Aidan Wayne (Twitter)
Rating: Highly Recommended
Genre/Category: Contemporary Romance, Urban Fantasy, LGBTQIA Romance, Demons & Angels
Release Date: January 30, 2017

Publisher: Riptide Publishing


Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Aidan Wayne’s Making Love is literally the cutest book I have on my kindle.

To read the rest of my review for Aidan Wayne’s Making Love click here

Urban Fantasy 101 – Stitch’s Top Urban Fantasy Reads of 2016

Note that this list isn’t in any particular order. They’re all books I either enjoyed a ton or that stuck with me even after I was done reading. It’s not meant to be an exhaustive list as I read a lot of amazing books but had to pare this down to ten books so I could actually manage to get the dang thing out before Christmas.

Note also that I was mad tipsy when making the accompanying podcast and so my scatterbrain is at an all time high. If you’re looking for something where I remember character names and heck, even basic plot points, um… please don’t listen to the audio and just read the descriptions instead!