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Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

My brother got me this book for my birthday, because he read it and it’s one of his favorite books ever.  He loves it with a fiery passion and I’m so happy about that, because my brother has never been a heavy reader.  For myself, I am not quite so in love with Jane, though I did enjoy reading the book. I find Jane Sinner, as a character, frustrating.  She’s selfish and destructive.  In many ways, that works well but as a reader there were times I had difficulty connecting with her as a character, because she is so intentionally […]

Posted November 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

I’ve got to be honest, I wasn’t in love with A Blade So Black.  The more I learned about the book, the less excited I was to be going into it.  There were areas near the beginning where I almost DNF’d it – but I am glad I didn’t.  As far as Alice in Wonderland retellings go, it wasn’t the worst!  There’s a lot of different aspects here I’d like to talk about, so I’m going to try and hit them one by one. First of all, as if my photo doesn’t scream it, I’m white.  My family came from Canada […]

Posted November 12, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

I love that his book was both science fiction and fantasy.  I love that it was built on hope and war and poetry.  I loved this book. I haven’t seen or heard much of Mirage in the bookish world, only the FairyLoot and OwlCrate unboxing photos.  I am here to tell you that this book is magnificent.  It is sad, but it is also rich and passionate.  The characters flow off the page and the flavors and aromas seem to surround you.  I really, really liked it. Mirage is several things – it is a love story, it is a political […]

Posted November 1, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

Full disclosure:  when my preorder of The Deepest Roots arrived, I didn’t even remember ordering it.  I had to jump on Goodreads in order to refresh my memory of what it was.  I can’t remember ever doing this for a book before, and the fact that I had forgotten I ordered it didn’t sit well for me.  If it was already forgettable, reading it would probably be a chore. I am a fool, loves.  An absolute fool.  The Deepest Roots is one of my favorite reads this year.  Here’s why. The characters are wonderful.  As a white woman, I see myself represented in […]

Posted October 25, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo

I’ve been waffling back and forth about To Kill a Kingdom ever before I read it.  The reviews out there are really mixed.  There are a few reviewers whose views usually align pretty closely with mine, but even among those there are some starkly different views.  So when I went into To Kill a Kingdom, I didn’t know what to expect. The long and short of it is simply this:  depending on what you want from this book, your enjoyment of it will vary.  From a fantasy and a retelling, I’m usually looking for solid worldbuilding, and from a any book I […]

Posted October 24, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Everless by Sara Holland

Everless by Sara Holland

I went into this book with very low expectations, because most the people I know in the blogosphere either hated it, or DNF’d it.  I wasn’t looking forward to reading it, and I even waited a week after pulling it from my TBR Jar before I started it. Then I read it in a day. I won’t go as far as to say that Everless is a perfect novel.  The attention to detail waxes and wanes.  The characters are spotty and a little shallow at times.  But it’s good, too.  It’s highly entertaining.  There are twists – though not entirely unexpected […]

Posted October 23, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //