Bi-monthly reviews of new releases for Fully Booked’s First Look Club!



Fully Booked First Look Club

First Look Club: Reina reviews Magic for Liars
It’s only half about liars and even less about magic, and wholly about two estranged sisters, Ivy and Tabitha Gamble. The equally pressing questions of whodunnit and will-they-or-won’t-they-be-sisters-again will keep you turning the pages of Sarah Gailey’s debut novel, Magic for Liars!
First Look Club: Reina reviews The Big Nine
It’s convenient when our machines know us deeply enough to ensure life is always set to our preferences. But that means that the people behind our machines know about us deeply too. And The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans & Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity by Amy Webb has some pretty dire things to say about that.
First Look Club: Reina reviews The Restless Girls
Trapped in grief and loneliness, the twelve princesses discover a magical underground palace where they are free to dance every night – and where they find the courage to fight for their right to rule as princesses and to live as free women.

First Look Club: Reina reviews Vox
The true horror of Vox and the society it suggests isn’t the outrage when you think of the way things used to be, or the hopelessness of being unable to speak up and change anything. It’s the concept of a future generation who will experience neither hopelessness nor outrage because they’ve accepted voicelessness, inequality, and oppression as normal.

First Look Club: Reina reviews What If It’s Us
What are the chances you’ll meet The One while he’s dropping off a breakup box at the post office? This fateful afternoon between two distant souls placed deliberately into each other’s orbits sets the stage for Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s new collaboration – and poses the question – What If It’s Us?

Review: Circe by Madeline Miller (included in
Best devoured, digested, and savored again, Circe is a story about magic, power, and womanhood – and all the ways they are one and the same.

Review: Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Shut your eyes and picture a ship with a crew consisting entirely of girls. I don’t mean a ship captained by a girl, or a ship whose officers are girls. I’m talking an entire crew, from the captain to the officers, the engineers and the sharpshooters, down to the cook and the person who drains the waste from the ship, consisting entirely of girls. Seafire is the story of a woman’s world, not of women excelling in a man’s world.