Overpowered Characters: When They Are Too Much & When They Are Just Right

Overpowered Characters: When They Are Too Much & When They Are Just Right

Posted November 27, 2020 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments

I hate Jean Grey. If you’re not an X-Men fan, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about.  Jean Grey, aka “The Dark Phoenix”, is a mutant with extremely powerful telekinetic and telepathic abilities.  If you saw the 2019 film Dark Phoenix starring Sophie Turner, you may remember Jean Grey as that-teen-who-stepped-out-into-space-without-a-helmet-and-used-all-her-superpowers-and-still-survived-because-she’s-Jean-Grey.  You only need to watch the movie for 10 minutes to know how the whole thing is going to play out. Characters like this frustrate me to no end. I mean… what’s the point?  Why have Beast and Cyclops and Charles Xavier and Mystique and all the rest when Jean […]

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted November 26, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  After The Dream Thieves, I wasn’t sure what to make of Blue Lily, Lily Blue.  On the one hand, I loved the hunt for Glendower in earlier books…but The Dream Thieves had taken a different turn.  As such, I wasn’t in a rush to get to book three – in fact, it’s been two years since I last met with the Raven Boys (and Blue). Much to my relief, we’re back on track with the story I was promised here in book three. Book three involves a lot of spelunking.  There’s still dreaming and following ley lines, but the story is spaced more […]

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Posted November 25, 2020 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  There are a lot of things to really like about Where Dreams Descend.  It was compared to The Phantom of the Opera when it was first announced, and you know how those comparisons always disappoint? This one did not.  Particularly for those who have actually read The Phantom of the Opera rather than exclusively relying on Andrew Lloyd Webber to delver the story. Wow.  Just wow. I know this book wanted perfect, but it absolutely surpassed my personal expectations. I want to start with the couple of “meh” things I found, with an addendum that even though these were “meh” things, I could easily forgive […]

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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Posted November 24, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  So, the whole reason I have read so much Stephen King this year is because last year I saw the trailer for Doctor Sleep and there was Ewan McGregor and I needed to know more.  So, at longest, here we are.  I saw the Doctor Sleep movie first, and now I’ve read the book.  So what did I think of it? I thought that overall I liked it.  And also that I liked the movie better, but that’s a whole other thing. As a reader, I really enjoy when authors go back and visit their old characters and old books.  I am one of those […]

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Star Ratings:  Why They’re Important, & Why They Don’t Matter

Star Ratings: Why They’re Important, & Why They Don’t Matter

Posted November 23, 2020 in Bookish Things // 6 Comments

People love to hate star ratings. It’s one of the biggest criticisms I hear about Goodreads (and one I feel myself) – a five star rating simply isn’t nuanced enough to give what feels like an accurate impression of the book.  For some of us, adding in the review section helps because there, we can vent our frustrations about why this book was really more like three and a half stars instead of four and how we wish that was an option. And I love reviews, I do.  I generally read a bunch before starting a new book.  But whether we like them […]

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