A Quick Wrap Up for a Short Month – February 2021 Wrap Up!

A Quick Wrap Up for a Short Month – February 2021 Wrap Up!

Posted March 8, 2021 in Checking In // 0 Comments

February has been a month of exhaustion and of dreams, my friends. I read a lot less in February.  I had wild sweeps between deep and complete exhaustions and bubbling bursts of energy and a deep desire to do something – anything!  I almost never harness that energy productively, but alas, here we are.  March is already a week deep and I feel myself yearning more and more for spring.  The sun rises a little earlier every day and stays out a little later.  The worst of the darkness is behind us, and I hope the worst of the snow […]

Book vs. TV Show:  Pretty Little Liars (S1E1) (SPOILERS!)

Book vs. TV Show: Pretty Little Liars (S1E1) (SPOILERS!)

Posted March 5, 2021 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

When it comes to Pretty Little Liars, you may be wondering why I’m only comparing one episode to the entire first book.  Why, my loves, that is because the Pretty Little Liars pilot contains everything in the first book of this series.  Well, almost everything, but lets just say that the events of the pilot cover enough of the Pretty Little Liars book that we end at the same place. My initial reaction to this was “thank goodness” because I didn’t like the book at all even though I knew that the show was incredibly popular.  The show, more than the book, was on my […]

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Posted March 3, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Namesake was, in a word, underwhelming. I loved the atmosphere and the edge of adventure in Fable – it’s what made the book such a winner for me in 2020.  Namesake suffered from a lot of quick turns and shallow plot lines.  I got the overall sense that there was a lot of different things that Young wanted to do in this book, and rather than just […]

Opinion:  Romance Makes the LEAST Intriguing Dystopia Plot

Opinion: Romance Makes the LEAST Intriguing Dystopia Plot

Posted March 1, 2021 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments

I’ve always loved dystopian worlds, for as long as I remember.  It’s intriguing to see the world redrafting to an “ideal” state… and then watch it fall apart.  Over the years I’ve fallen in love with dystopian novels (Fahrenheit 451, Feed, The Hunger Games) and movies (The Island is my absolute favorite, but themes from The Matrix have stuck with me just as strongly) and as I get older, I find… I’m still not sick of this genre. I’m not sick of it… but to my tastes, I’ve learned there are some plots that pull me in more than others. In January, I […]

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang

Posted February 27, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  The Dragon Republic delivers just as much as The Poppy War.  This book is good, good, good. Where The Poppy War introduced Rin’s story and her struggle with the Phoenix, The Dragon Republic spread its wings and let us connect to more characters.  While the POV is still just Rin’s, we get more development for Kitay and Nezha, both of whom have very interesting stories to tell.  We also get some answers about various members of the Sike.  The character development in The Dragon Republic continues to be fantastic, including some twists for characters I didn’t expect! But this book is not driven […]