[Reviews] ‘Gideon the Ninth’ by Tamsyn Muir (ARC)

"Gideon’s appeals to better natures, financial rewards, moral obligations, outlined plans, and simple attempts to run away numbered eighty-six by the time she was eighteen. She’d started when she was four." The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit. …

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[Reviews] ‘Aurora Rising’ by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman (ARC)

"As I wait her out, I realise I’m sitting on a space station tens of thousands of light-years away from Earth. Totally alone. How did this become my life?” The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘Impostors’ by Scott Westerfeld

Frey and Rafi are inseparable...two edges of the same knife. But Frey's very existence is a secret. Frey is Rafi's twin sister--and her body double. Their powerful father has many enemies, and the world had grown dangerous as the old order falls apart. So while Rafi was raise to be the perfect daughter, Frey has …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘Vengeful’ by V.E. Schwab

“How many men would she have to turn to dust before one took her seriously?” Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine. But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she's finally gained the …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘Alienated: Grounded at Groom Lake’ by Jeff Norton

Fourteen-year-old Sherman Capote is an Air Force brat used to moving schools. But he's never been to a place like Groom Lake High, the high school for aliens at Area 51. It's a totally alien environment filled with cliques and bullies, but he makes friends with a gang of galactic misfits: Octo, a quick-witted Ventitent …

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[Reviews] ‘The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein’ by Kiersten White

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend. Victor is …

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[Reviews] ‘Light Years’ by Kass Morgan (ARC)

"This was Cormak's one chance to get off Deva. If he stayed, it was just a matter of time before he ended up riddled with tumours or a pol's bullets." Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘Wildcard’ by Marie Lu (ARC)

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side. Determined to put a stop to Hideo's grim plans, Emika and the …

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[Reviews] ‘Suicide Club’ by Rachel Heng

"Something has to change. In being robbed of our deaths, we are robbed of our lives." Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever—if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York …

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[Reviews] Diverse Reads: ‘A Thousand Beginnings and Endings’ (ARC)

"It was an ill-fated thing to claim that a heart is safe. Hearts are rebellious. The moment they feel trapped, they will strain against their bindings." Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.  A mountain …

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