Envy of Angels Review: Urban Fantasy Gets Funny

By Karie Luidens on

What is it with humanity? In fantasy series after fantasy series, we’re the last to know that whole races of monsters and metaphysical beings are messing around in our midst unseen. Witches disguise themselves; werewolf brotherhoods lurk on the edges of society; vampires shutter themselves into the shadows (or try to blend in at high …

House of Shattered Wings Review: When Absence is Presence

By Christina Ladd on

Angels are tricky. They’re not like vampires or werewolves (obviously): their motivations are opaque, and their weaknesses are practically nonexistent. They make poor monsters as a result, and even poorer heroes, prone to perfection as they are. Even worse, they’re often portrayed as extensions of a greater force; it’s not even clear if they have …

The Merro Tree Review

By Christina Ladd on

Perhaps no other book has influenced my thinking about freedom of expression and the power of art as much as The Merro Tree. Yet when I tell people that, I get blank stares.  It’s positively criminal that this book isn’t up there with Fahrenheit 451.  Then again, Fahrenheit 451 is the kind of book that you …