This is clearly a delayed response, but I felt I needed to sum up my sci-fi fantasy month somehow, and then I had the following thought: sometimes I don’t want to read a full review. I just want someone to tell me what the fuck to read. So, out of everything I read in January, here’s what I would officially recommend to other sci-fi/fantasy readers and briefly, why.

Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo YES. If you like light YA fantasy with a touch of darkness.
Siege and Storm Leigh Bardugo
Hell House Richard Matheson YES. If you’re into horror that’s both campy and terrifying. And really, who isn’t into that?
Far Far Away Tom McNeal YES. If you love both fantasy and YA and being pleasantly surprised.
The Golem and the Djinni Helene Wecker YES. If you love a fantasy story that’s original and intelligent and simple, and you don’t have to go anywhere for the next two days, because you won’t want to stop reading.
Independent Study Joelle Charbonneau NAY. Unless you’ve read the first book in the series and were really into it.
The Seventh Day Scott Shepherd NAY. It’s not awful, you just have better things to read.
The Maze Runner James Dashner MAYBE. If you’re in the mood for straightforward Dystopian sci-fi that is reminiscent of early-80s YA. Or if you plan to see the movie later this year and want to compare.
The Scorch Trials James Dashner
The Death Cure James Dashner
Lies of Locke Lamora Scott Lynch YES. If you love great characters and worldbuilding but are really tired of reading about wizards and/or dragons, and don’t mind waiting for new books to come out. (3 books are out; I think 8 total are planned?)
Red Seas Under Red Skies Scott Lynch


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