Category Archives: AU

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation is an enjoyable read – Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies but exchanging an historic for a literary inspiration. In other words, this is your typical YA alternative universe, with instalust, kickbutt heroine who is unfortunately highly unrealistic, and plenty … Continue reading

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The Immortal Architects by Paige Orwin

The first book in this series, the Interminables, was on the top of my best of 2016 list. The deeply flawed, nuanced, and grounded characters interacted in a very complex world. Orwin struck a good balance between explaining the magic … Continue reading

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Timekeeper is a slow burn story set in an intriguing alternative universe world. Author Sim explores some interesting concepts but the book is somewhat let down by an underwritten romance and lack of impetus. But there is a nice mystery … Continue reading

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Wynonna Earp Volume 1 by Beau Smith

Enjoyment of this graphic novel will likely come down to whether or not you’ve watched the sci fi television series upon which this is based. If you have, you’re invested in the characters and so the extra stories are mindless … Continue reading

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The Timeseer’s Gambit by Kate McIntyre

With The Timeseer’s Gambit, McIntyre delves further into her distinct characters and their unique world. While we learn more about Chris, Olivia, and especially the dark truths about the spiritbinders, there is also another series of murders to solve in … Continue reading

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The Interminables by Paige Orwin

This book is a textbook case of how a cover can be completely misleading. What looks like a quirky, children’s type of tale is actually a dark, depressive, but beautifully imagined urban fantasy/alternate universe. Our protagonists are battle weary, suffering … Continue reading

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Zero World by Jason M. Hough

What you’ll find in a Hough book is a sprawling, sometimes meandering, tour de force of action, everyman characters, and very big ideas. While sometimes it works better than other times, it is always an entertaining ride. With Zero World, … Continue reading

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