Review #244 // In the Red – Christopher Swiedler

In the RedMichael Prasad is tired of everyone telling him to stay inside. Ever since he was diagnosed with suit anxiety, he’s been kept inside the Mars colony while the rest of kids his age travel outside. When he sets out to prove everyone wrong with his best friend Lilith, a solar flare knocks out the magnetic field that blocks the sun’s radiation. Stranded outside, Michael and Lilith have to survive miles from home with just their suits, few supplies, and their minds.


Why this book?: I was shelving at my library when I saw this book hidden among the junior fiction. It sounded like a middle grade The Martian, which I loved.

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Review #242 // The Case of the Golden State Killer – Michael Morford & Micheal Ferguson

The Case of the Golden State KillerSeason two of criminology dives into a mostly unknown case–that is, until the 40-year unsolved case was solved all of a sudden in 2018. The Golden State Killer, also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Nightstalker, is guilty of over 100 break-ins, over 50 rapes, and at least 12 murders.


Why this book?: Now that I’m back to reading, I’ve decided that I need to make progress on the various books I have from NetGalley that I haven’t sent back feedback on. This is one of them, mainly due to it’s graphic content that I wasn’t expecting.

I would like to thank the people at Wildblue Press for allowing me to have an advance copy of this book via NetGalley.

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Review #240 // Clown in a Cornfield (Clown in a Cornfield #1) – Adam Cesare

Clown in a Cornfield (Clown in a Cornfield, #1)Quinn and her father just moved to Kettle Springs from Philadelphia after her mother’s death, wanting to make a fresh start. Quinn soon finds herself in the middle of the town’s war between the adults and teenagers, with the adults blaming the kids for everything that has gone wrong. While getting to know her new peers, a masked intruder shows up, ready to get revenge on the high schoolers.


Why this book?: I’m not good with slasher horror movies, but I wanted a scary book and a slasher horror BOOK sounded like exactly what I needed.

CONTENT WARNING for the review: discussed/mentioned gore and violence.

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Review #94 // The Need for Overwhelming Sensation – Bogi Takács

Capricious, Issue One (Capricious, #1)Iryu and eir’s Master run a ship powered by pain magic. When a well known politician enters their ship looking for emergency transport, both Iryu and eir’s Master have no idea what the trip will bring them and their relationship.


Why this story?: Once again, my friend Corey introduced me to this one. I knew the author from twitter, but had been looking for some of eir’s stories.

Note: The Need for Overwhelming Sensation is a story within Capricious, Issue #1. This review is only for Takács’s piece.

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Review #91 // Walking on Knives – Maya Chhabra

Walking on KnivesThe Little Mermaid makes a bargain with the sea-witch, in which she loses her voice and must walk through eternal pain, in order to have a life with the Prince she loves.


Why this book?: I had heard of it before seeing it on NetGalley, and remembered hearing about it being an F/F retelling. The premise reminded me so much of The Seafarer’s Kiss, that I requested the e-ARC and jumped straight into this tale.

I would like to thank the people at Less Than Three Press for allowing me to have an ARC of this book via NetGalley.

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