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Natasha

Natasha

Natasha's passion for reading was kindled by her parents and the local library that allowed her family to checkout 50 books at a time. She first fell in love with fantasy through Arthurian retellings whereas her love for science fiction began with Star Wars novels. Nowadays, she still spends her free time reading but also gaming, running a blog (natrosette), and obsessing over TV shows. Maybe if she spent as much time reading as she does looking for books to read, she'd actually make a dent in her TBR.

Heart and Soul Fist by Chris Ing - SPFBO 2020 Book Review 01, Oct

Jane Choi belongs to a secret clan of spirit warriors, and she’s eager to start taking on more responsibilities. So she’s thrilled when her father says he has a special assignment for her-- until she finds out that her clan has set her up on a date with Andrew, the young soon-to-be Guardian of the Two Worlds. If their relationship works out it will help bring balance between the Mortal and Spirit Worlds and bring honor to her clan. There’s only two problems-- she’s never dated before (and doesn’t know if she wants to) and there are plenty of humans and spirits alike who would love to get their hands on Andrew’s power.

The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) by Andrea Stewart - Book Review 13, Sep

For decades, the emperor has reigned with the help of his constructs, created with bone shard magic, tasked to keep the citizens in line and, should the need arise, to protect the islands from the return of the Alanga. More and more, however, people have been questioning whether this protection is worth the cost and what the emperor has been up to hiding away in his palace since the death of his wife. Lin, the emperor’s daughter, has many of the same questions, as she strives to prove to her father that she’s worthy to be his heir and learn his secrets. In further reaches of the empire, the smuggler Jovis is on the run and searching for his missing wife, while Ranami attempts to recruit her girlfriend, Phalue, to a rebellion against her own father, the governor of Nephilanu Island.

Dominion edited by Zelda Knight and Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald - Book Review 30, Aug

Dominion is an anthology of twelve speculative short stories (and a poem) from Africa and the African Diaspora. With that being the singular factor uniting these works, they represent a wide range of genres, subjects, and settings. Robots, magicians, angry goddesses, zombies, greedy corporations, and more make appearances across small towns, spaceships, crumbling worlds, and interdimensional spaces.