The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Even though I really liked it, The Bone Season was a little all-over-the-place for me. Paige Mahoney’s gift is fascinating – the ability to step outside of herself and move her spirit not only in the world, but into others.  While this is definitely one of those “the main character has this rare and magnificent power!” tropes, I didn’t mind it so much, because she wasn’t the only one.  In The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon introduces her reader to a world where “unnatural” people have incredible psychic and spiritual abilities… whether it’s simple and common like reading tarot, the the rare ability to read […]

Posted September 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Armed & Dangerous: An August 2019 Illumicrate Unboxing

Armed & Dangerous: An August 2019 Illumicrate Unboxing

Good mourningly beautiful monsters!  I hope everyone is having a marvelous day!  Today I’m going to be sharing an unboxing of Illumicrate’s August box.  This month, the theme was Armed & Dangerous.  The general vibe for this seemed to be half weapons, and half dangerous characters?  It’s a bit of a loose theme, as you’ll see when we get to the items, but “armed and dangerous” has a general… fighterly feel?  You’ll see! Now for the technical details! This post is in no way sponsored.  I have a six-month Illumicrate subscription and I just choose to share these unboxing here on […]

Posted September 20, 2019 in Unboxings // 4 Comments //
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

I was on board with this book as soon as I found out it was a YA fantasy western.  I didn’t even need to know the plot – I knew I was there for the aesthetics alone and the rest would com after. I gotta tell you guys, the world Charlotte Nicole Davis built here is AWESOME.  You get hints of a western feeling world in the post-apocalyptic dystopias like LIFEL1K3 and Gunslinger Girl, but The Good Luck Girls isn’t a dystopia and the world stays constant.  I grew up watching old-school westerns with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and while YES these […]

Posted September 19, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart

I had zero expectations for this book, and it blew me away.  What a fantastic debut. Scars Like Wings combines so many of the things I enjoy in contemporaries, and attached them to an amazing girl and an important topic.  How many times have we judged people by their outside, or thought less of them because of some sort of difference that makes us, for no good reason, feel uncomfortable? Difference is not something people like to talk about.  Because we all want to believe we have no unconscious bias and that we are all perfect humans. Ava is the sole […]

Posted September 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Book vs. Movie:  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (SPOILERS!)

Book vs. Movie: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (SPOILERS!)

I’m going to open here with some honesty: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was one of the most satisfying book to film experiences I’ve ever had. Before we go any further, I do want to emphasize the quantity of spoilers to follow.  There will be a lot of spoilers.  It’s a bit difficult to talk about a movie adaptation without talking about the movie, so if you haven’t seen Scary Stories yet (especially since it just came to theatres at the end of August), please tread carefully.  Thanks, loves! Also, I do include some GIFs from the film in […]

Posted September 17, 2019 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments //
Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

The first word that pops into my mind to describe Shadow Frost is “indulgent”. This isn’t, strictly speaking, a bad book.  It’s relatively entertaining, but it’s extreme and predictable.  It has that Disney-esque quality of good triumphing over evil.  The characters are highly powered with limited training and few consequences.  There were some pretty cool ideas in the skeleton of this novel, but I just didn’t believe it.  At all. And, yeah, okay, this is a fantasy and requires suspension of disbelief.  I get that, I really do.  But I also have a problem with characters who achieve the highest levels of […]

Posted September 16, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //