packetcat reads 2022 Week 46 – The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Pages: 391
Purchased from: Kobo

One of the review quotes for this book described it as a “powerfully disturbing space operas” and I agree with the disturbing bit but I don’t think I would describe it as powerful. To be quite honest I found most of it fairly tedious, especially the middle section of the book. The writer also seems obsessed with the concept of birthing in a way that felt just a tad bit weird (and not in a good way).

The premise/world of the book is interesting, the rest of it is…meh.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 45 – Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Pages: 398
Purchased from: Kobo

Definitely a very interesting look at contemporary Malaysian life. At times it felt a bit uncomfortably like I was reading from the depths of the author’s mind in a way that felt like I was intruding. But other than that I enjoyed the various aspects of the region’s mythology that were depicted in this. I will mention this, there is a scene in this book depicting sexual assault. It is not particularly graphic or long but it is present, just a heads up.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 43 – A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

Pages: 378
Purchased from: Kobo

A nice YA fantasy with a very interesting world and magic system. Its filled with lots of intrigue and there is of course a romance subplot in here. The romance in this one was honestly one of the least interesting things about the narrative and I found myself more interested in all the rest of it. It is not a badly written romance but it does feel very by the numbers.

I am coming to the realization that while a lot of these YA fantasy novels have romance sub-plots in them, very few YA fantasy authors actually do romance well and I usually find myself uninterested in the romance plots as they feel superficial to the rest of the narrative.

Back to the book at hand, I don’t know if I’ll read the second book in the duology but I am glad I read this one at least. cari is now 4/4 for recommendations!