What a Lot of Modern Fantasy Could Learn From Tess of the Road

What a Lot of Modern Fantasy Could Learn From Tess of the Road

Posted August 2, 2021 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

In the last couple of decades, fantasy books have evolved.  A genre that used to focus heavily on adventure, good vs. evil, and romance is now more nuanced.  I love it so much when authors write fantasy stories filled with myth and magic but still take time to address real, relevant concerns and experiences.  Not just flash and action – real human stories. More fantasy novels do that lately, with particular emphasis on sexism and racism.  I think both of those are fantastic, I really do.  But I also love the more granular approaches to some of the quieter concerns […]

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Posted July 31, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Boy, Snow, Bird was… fine.  It was fine until the end, at which time it become abhorrent for the last few chapters.  The kindest thing I think I can say about Boy, Snow, Bird is that it is extremely forgettable. This book is touted as a Snow White retelling, but I don’t think there’s any resemblance beyond the fact there’s a girl named Snow whose mother has died and she has a stepmother.  The similarities end there.  Boy, Snow, Bird has an interesting commentary on race through the eyes of two different characters.  I also thought the conversation about identity from each […]

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Posted July 30, 2021 in Reviews // 1 Comment

  Cemetery Boys is a wonderful not just because it’s magical.  It has great friendships, complicated but loving families, a misguided villain, and romance scenes that will make you heart flutter.  Best of all, it’s a book about a Latinx trans gay character written by a Latinx trans queer author and it’s always so wonderful to hear a story from someone with that lived experience. But I don’t want to break down Cemetery Boys as just a book about LGBTQIAP+ youth.  Yadriel’s identity was a large part of the plot, but it wasn’t all of the plot.  And I loved that.  It’s […]

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A Love Song to Strong Female Protagonists… & a Call for Strong, Modern Male Protagonists in YA Fantasy

A Love Song to Strong Female Protagonists… & a Call for Strong, Modern Male Protagonists in YA Fantasy

Posted July 28, 2021 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

It feels a little weird to be saying this, but it’s been a long time since I read a YA Fantasy book with a strong male protagonist.  Over the last couple decades, the trope of “Strong Female Protagonist” has taken the reading world by storm.  I love these characters – when I was younger, I found them so empowering and now that I’m older I respect their drive and passion.  The Strong Female Protagonist who “Doesn’t Need To Be Rescued” and is “The Chosen One And Is Going To Kick Butt” is fun and witty and simply wonderful.  She reminds […]

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The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

Posted July 26, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  The City of Brass is a refreshing YA fantasy story.  This is one of those series that has garnered so much hype over the last few years, and it is well-deserved.  There are still a lot of familiar (and tired) tropes, but the world is different and the magic excellent… and I really enjoyed the way Chakraborty slowly peeled back bits and pieces of the land’s history. Nahri is an interesting protagonist.  She has some snark and big dreams and is surviving by her wits alone – fairly common in a YA fantasy heroine.  She’s likable enough, but I […]

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