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The Storyteller’s Replacement by N. K. Jemisin

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award.

Published: 2018 in How Long ’til Black Future Month?, a collection of short stories by N. K. Jemisin

Genre: fantasy short story

Length: 13 pages

Setting: Sosun, a medieval-technology world

Summary: Short version: A storyteller’s tale about dragons taking over the royal family Continue reading


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Swing by Kwame Alexander

This was one of the first week’s offerings from the 2019 Sync Audiobooks for teens. (There are two new free audiobooks offered each week.) I love Kwame Alexander and wanted to listen to his latest, especially since he was reading it himself.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA book in verse fiction

Length: 448 pages of text, 4:12 hours of audio

Setting: an American city, present day

Summary: Short version: The life of two teenage black boys in the city Continue reading

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Queen of Darkness by Anne Bishop

This is the third and final book in the Black Jewels trilogy.

Published: 2000

Genre: fantasy

Length: 430 pages

Setting: mostly Kaeleer, after the events of Heir to the Shadows

Summary: Short version: The final confrontation between Jaenelle and Dorothea Continue reading

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War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes

This is the third and final book in the Queen of Hearts trilogy. I happened to see it on the library shelf and picked it up to finish the series.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 342 pages

Setting: the capital of Wonderland, soon after the events of Blood of Wonderland

Summary: Short version: Dinah is crowned Queen, although it is not without heartbreak Continue reading

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Apex by Mercedes Lackey

This is the third book in the Hunter series that we’re listening to as a family. We started it over the summer and finally got around to finishing it.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 304 pages

Setting: mostly around Apex City, soon after the events of Elite

Summary: Short version: The monster-fighting ramps up to a final confrontation Continue reading

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I needed an N author for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge. When I saw this book on the shelf, I remembered hearing good things about it and picked it up.

Published: 2014

Genre: fiction

Length: 297 pages

Setting: a small town in Ohio, 1960s-70s

Summary: Short version: The Lee family doesn’t talk to each other Continue reading

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

This is the first book in the Great Library series. It came to my attention in a post on The Hub about books set in libraries (I’m a sucker for that subgenre – that and books about books). Miss Adventure picked up the second book in the series at our library, and I convinced her to request the first one.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA urban fantasy/alternate history

Font: Bembo

Length: 351 pages

Setting: mostly parts of England and Alexandria, an alternate version of the present

Summary: Short version: The Library of Alexandria is all-powerful and Jess learns that leads to corruption Continue reading


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