Category: Reviews

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Posted September 24, 2020 in Reviews // 1 Comment

  When I finished Spin the Dawn, I was so excited for this sequel novel. Spin the Dawn checked a lot of boxes for me – the enemies to friends to lovers vibe, the three-part adventure, the girl-breaking-into-a-man’s-world-and-being-amazing trope.  After saving the kingdom in the first book, I was really expecting a level up here. And, I feel let down, honestly. I thought Maia’s progression was fine and the story inside her head made sense and was consistent with the happenings the previous book.  Unfortunately, I felt that Unravel the Dusk failed to really take the story to the next level.  Book one […]

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A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire

A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire

Posted September 23, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was so excited to win this ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.  Honestly, I have really good luck with LibraryThing.  Secretly, I think this is because I review everything promptly and publishers tend to appreciate when you review the ARCs, even though it’s optional.  One thing about LibraryThing, though, is that there tends to be fewer authors I recognize so when I saw Gregory […]

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D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

Posted September 20, 2020 in Reviews // 1 Comment

  D-Day Girls is a great overview of women’s contributions to WWII and their work in the SOE spy network.  This is a really good place to start for those interested in women’s history or WWII spy networks or women in espionage because it’s an accessible topic and the way Sarah Rose has written the book makes it easy to read and enjoy. A lot of history is fairly dry.  I say that with all the love in my heart because I adore history – I love finding the hidden narratives and half-forgotten heroes in a subject written by the victors, […]

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Posted September 17, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I agree with you, universe… Geekerella is precious. Ashley Poston nods to all the best parts of nerd culture (and acknowledges some of the bad parts, too).  Additionally, this is a fantastic retelling?  I’m not the biggest fan of Cinderella overall, but retellings and adaptations like this bring the story to life.  It’s a really good retelling of the watered-down version of the story (no red-hot iron shoes), and the split POVs brought the tension in the romance to a max. Plus, you really get the sense that Ashley Poston’s been there, you know?  This is such a small example of “write […]

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Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Posted September 16, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  The other day, while I was reading this, I made a noise general disgruntlement.  My husband cocked an eyebrow and asked: if I wasn’t enjoyed the book, why not just put it down?  And here’s the messy, complicated answer to that.  Because Empress of All Seasons is one of my owned books, and because it’s an #OwnVoices story, I feel like I owe it to the book to give it that extra chance. But if I’m being completely honest with myself, I have to come to terms with the fact I didn’t enjoy my experience with Empress of All Seasons. There […]

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