Review #164 // The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) – Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)

The dead have been haunting the living for 50 years now. The Problem had no clear start, but it’s well known that only young children and teens can see them–and deal with them. Lucy joins the unknown Lockwood & Co., and dealing with far more than a few easy ghosts.

Why this book?: I bought a copy of this years ago, and just decided to pick it up randomly when I didn’t know what to read next.

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Review #163 // Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) – Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

In Victorian London, Audrey Rose, daughter of a Lord, is expected to follow all of society’s expectations. However, Audrey Rose is more interested in dissecting corpses and studying forensic medicine with her estranged uncle. When her forensic studies lead to her working with the police on a string of brutal murders, she finds herself in more danger than ever expected.

Why this book?: I’d heard good things, and heard that the MC was part Indian!

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Review #162 // Failure to Communicate (Xandri Corelel #1) – Kaia Sønderby

Failure to Communicate (Xandri Corelel #1)Xandri Corelel is the head of the Xeno-Liasons on board the Carpathia, specializing in the study and protection of  alien species. She also happens to be one of the few autistics that remains in the far future. When Xandri’s abilities are needed to help negotiate an alliance with the xenophobic Anmerilli, she doesn’t even begin to expect the level at which this mission will endanger her.

Why this book?: I’ve heard amazing things about the autism representation, which is #OwnVoices. This book has been recommended so many times by close friends, so I finally caved.

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Review #160 // All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) – Martha Wells

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Far in the future, space exploration is dominated by the Company. To explore any new planets, teams of scientists must purchase packages through the Company. In a recent expedition, a team followed by a self-aware Security Unit becomes aware that the only fellow team on-planet has gone dark.

Why this book?: Sounded interesting and like it might get me out of my slump.Read More »

Blog Update: Sporadic Posting

Hey everyone!

If you haven’t noticed, posting has been very off and on recently on this blog. I really wish that this didn’t happen, but I just haven’t been able to post–at all. I haven’t had the chance to read as much as I’d like except for assigned reading, so reviews are few and far between. I haven’t had time to write up posts except for essays for classes.

I’m really sorry that my life has gotten in the way of this blog, which is basically an outlet for my passions. I love reading and writing, and this blog allows me to do that and share it with others. My job and school have been getting in the way, and it kills me that this blog suffers.

will not be shutting this blog down. As horrible as my posting has gotten, I still want to keep it up and going. I’ll be trying to come up with a posting schedule that allows for a varying posting schedule, but until then, I hope this isn’t disappointing for any of you.

Thanks for understanding.

– Avery.