Review • Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

★★★★☆—What if D. W. Griffith was a sorcerer, the Birth of a Nation was part of a spell, and otherworldly monsters fattened the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan? What if an angry young woman with a badass sword hunted them down?

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Review • The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

★★★★☆—When I write a review, I mentally break down a book into components—prose, characters, plot, etc. I weigh them individually; I weigh them as a whole. Rarely, the very essence of a book defies this form of analysis. Some books have components I can’t dissect this way. Sometimes, books simply are.

The Mountains Sing is one of those books.
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Review • Middlegame (Alchemical Journeys #1) by Seanan McGuire

★★★★★—Three creations of terrible alchemy sit crammed into a booth in the all-night Denny’s, pressed against the red vinyl seats, looking at their menus. “Maybe it’s a sign that this has all been too much for me, but pancakes sound really good right about now,” says Roger.
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