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 #157 // Coffee Boy – Austin Chant

Coffee Boy

Ready to resign himself to a life of flipping burgers, Kieran is offered his dream internship at a political campaign. While being an out trans man in the office is stressful, it only gets worse when Kieran meets the humorless campaign strategist, Seth, who also has an extremely obvious crush on their (straight) boss.

Why this book?: I love Austin Chant’s work, and this was the last of his that I hadn’t read.

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Review #154 // You Bring the Distant Near – Mitali Perkins

You Bring the Distant Near

The Das family, from India, moves to New York City from London to follow the job of the father. When an accident puts a rift between the family, it affects three generations of them, with the single woman connecting them falling apart before their eyes.

Why this book?: I’d heard good things about this one, but also because LitCelebrAsian is reading it as their Feb/Mar book choice. It was also different than what I normally read, so I was excited to try a different genre.

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Review #144 // Dead Boys – Gabriel Squailia

Dead Boys

Despite having a rough time after dying, Jacob Campbell made a name for himself as one of Dead City’s top preservationists. Determined to return to the world of the living, however, Jacob sets out on a journey to discover how the Living Man of legend made it into the Underworld unscathed.

Why this book?: I learned about Gabriel Squailia through a friend, and of his two books I had, this one called to me. It just seemed interesting, a new idea I hadn’t yet read.

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