Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Posted June 25, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Much like Die For Me and Blood and Chocolate, I really like Firelight and I don’t have a particularly good reason as to why.  They’re all part of the same genre of tangled love triangles and young paranormal romance and messy YA fantasy which I usually hate but not always.  It’s a tricky balance and general speaking, these are the types of books I slot into my “guilty pleasures” reading list. Firelight is about Jacinda, a young draki, who is forcibly removed from her pride and into a desert town where her mother and sister encourage her to “be happy” and “stopping selfish” as […]

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

Posted June 24, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  I think when he was writing The Secret Commonwealth, Philip Pullman just really wanted all the fans of His Dark Materials to shut up and stop asking what happened to Lyra next.  After teasing longtime fans and readers with La Belle Sauvage, finally a book about Lyra Silvertongue is announced and the story we get is self-important and depressing.  If you’re a fan of The Golden Compass and you haven’t read the gigantic tomes in the decades-later follow-up series yet… well, you’re welcome.  I’ve done it for you so you don’t have to suffer. First of all, the plot was… boring, […]

Reading Diversely & the Disproportionate Amount of Books About Pain & Trauma

Reading Diversely & the Disproportionate Amount of Books About Pain & Trauma

Posted June 23, 2021 in Bookish Things // 3 Comments

As a reader, I’ve been working to better balance my reading so I’m reading an equal number of white and BIPOC authors.  While this isn’t enough diversification, it’s a start, and it was inspired by Emily X. R. Pan’s challenge to her Instagram followers.  This challenge has been surprisingly difficult.  For one, it really underlines how prejudiced the publishing industry is – while far from impossible, it is a lot more difficult to find books by Black or Latinx authors… and frankly it is nearly impossible to find ones from Indigenous or Native authors.  To find books to fit what […]

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

Posted June 22, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  The Cost of Knowing is a perfectly decent book.  There were a lot of themes we’ve seen before – ones that are still important, don’t get me wrong – but from an objective storytelling point of view these themes are not especially unique.  I think my favorite part of this book was at the very end in the authors note.  Brittney Morris shared that she set out to write a book about joy and found that before she could do that, she had to write a book about joy-despite.  I really like how she expressed that, and it’s something […]

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Posted June 21, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Even though I understand Legendborn was not written for me, this book filled such a void in my recent reading.  Even in the early chapter, something about it felt warm and familiar.  Eventually, I was able to identify that fuzzy feeling – nostalgia.  Legendborn reminds me of the types of fantasies I read growing up.  World building and writing style evoking Vampire Academy and City of Bones and that whole genre of “young woman discovers magic abilities and is swept away into a secret club where she learns about a hidden world” feel… I loved it, I loved it so much. Bree is […]