Icy Strait Point (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Icy Strait Point (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Posted October 22, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

We arrived in Icy Strait Point amidst dense fog and slow, patient rain. On vacation, you always hope for sunshine, but this melancholy and drizzle felt utterly perfect for Alaska somehow and we didn’t mind. Alaska breathes. It is a slow, patient behemoth of a land that waits with utmost patience and simply… is. I’m not sure how to describe it outside of abstractions. The land is largely untouched and even for someone like myself who hails from a deeply rural landscape, it is awe inspiring. We arrived at Icy Strait Point in the afternoon. The rain persisted and so […]

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

Posted October 21, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I do so love Miranda Asebedo’s writing and I have been aching to read A Constellation of Roses since the preorder arrived on my doorstep. In fact, it was this book that made me decide I had to inject my preorders into my TBR rather than leaving them to the mercy of the TBR Jar. When this one popped up, I danced a bit. And you know what? It lived up to all my expectations. Where to begin? The world building is fantastic. Asebedo excels at giving the reader enough so they can imagine the world, but not so much […]

Why It’s Important to Kill Your Darlings

Why It’s Important to Kill Your Darlings

Posted October 20, 2021 in Writing // 1 Comment

The best books are the ones where well-loved characters die. Ah! I know, I know! Unpopular opinion alert!  I’ve read so many reviews where readers vow to defenestrate anyone who dares harm their precious cinnamon rolls… and I hear you.  It’s heartbreaking when a character you love dies.  But the best books kill their darlings. As a reader, it’s fantastic to be surprised when you’re reading.  It can be painful sometimes, but there’s nothing like being so angry you want to throw your book at a wall… but so glued to the story that you can’t put it down.  One […]

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Posted October 19, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Despite the promise of slow romance and intriguing character building, This Shattered World brought a lot of romance. So much, in fact, that the flirting got in the way of the plot and as a reader I found Lee spent more time staring into Flynn’s eyes than she did being a military captain. Selling young adult characters as military brass is difficult, even in a science fiction setting. Fiction, especially science fiction, gives authors so much space to build their own worlds and systems. As far as I could tell, the military in This Shattered World closely resembled the United […]

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Posted October 18, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

This is the part where I’m supposed to talk about how much I didn’t like An Abundance of Katherines. How I think it’s John Green’s worst book, how it’s completely unrealistic and the characters are unreliable and the romance(s) are ridiculous and the Muslim representation is a mess. I’ve been in the book community and I’ve been reading John Green long enough to know the community’s opinions on An Abundance of Katherines. The thing is… I don’t feel that way at all. In fact, An Abundance of Katherine’s is my favorite John Green novel. It’s a highly controversial opinion and […]