Eight Spooky YA Books To Curl Up With On Halloween

Eight Spooky YA Books To Curl Up With On Halloween

Posted October 27, 2021 in Bookish Things // 4 Comments

Once upon a time, I would spend Halloween trick-or-treating.  It is my favorite holiday of the year.  I love the spookiness, the jack-o-lanterns, and the Celtic roots and just… everything.  I love everything about Halloween as I know it.  Except.  I am now an adult and trick-or-treating has turned into crowded parties and drinking and that part of the holiday is not for me. So, like I do just about every other holiday, I celebrate by eating something chocolate and bad for me and reading. Of course, if I’m going to read, I might as well read something in-theme with the […]

The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

Posted October 26, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

The School for Good and Evil series continues to be in equal parts entertaining and ridiculous. The beginning of this book starts off with some problematic aspects, a lot of the same homophobic/transphobic things that appeared in the last book. Fortunately these things go away after the first couple chapters, but Tedros’s confused feelings about his attachment to Sophie-as-Phillip were not handled well. Nor were the sex change scenes… in general, Tedros’s homophobia and transphobia are extremely off-putting, particularly in a book intended for younger readers. I want to say that up front, because while there are some great aspects […]

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

Posted October 25, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Tor Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was a little bit worried about All of Us Villains at first because the book started out slowly and with a lot of POVs.  It took me a while to get into the book because for the longest time, it felt like it was going nowhere. Once the plot started picking up, I found myself pulled deeper and deeper.  I‘m glad I pushed through the beginning […]

Icy Strait Point (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Icy Strait Point (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Posted October 22, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

We arrived in Icy Strait Point amidst dense fog and slow, patient rain. On vacation, you always hope for sunshine, but this melancholy and drizzle felt utterly perfect for Alaska somehow and we didn’t mind. Alaska breathes. It is a slow, patient behemoth of a land that waits with utmost patience and simply… is. I’m not sure how to describe it outside of abstractions. The land is largely untouched and even for someone like myself who hails from a deeply rural landscape, it is awe inspiring. We arrived at Icy Strait Point in the afternoon. The rain persisted and so […]

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

Posted October 21, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I do so love Miranda Asebedo’s writing and I have been aching to read A Constellation of Roses since the preorder arrived on my doorstep. In fact, it was this book that made me decide I had to inject my preorders into my TBR rather than leaving them to the mercy of the TBR Jar. When this one popped up, I danced a bit. And you know what? It lived up to all my expectations. Where to begin? The world building is fantastic. Asebedo excels at giving the reader enough so they can imagine the world, but not so much […]