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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

It took a while to get into The Astonishing Color of After, but once I did, it positively gripped my heart. Leigh feels like the sort of character who is forever trudging through a muddy swamp, trying to navigate her own emotions while living in a shadow of fear and resentment.  She’s afraid for her mother, and trying to prove herself to her father, while entirely not knowing what to feel about her friend Axel.  When her mother kills herself, everything falls apart.  The stain won’t go away. Then, she sees the bird.  And she knows, knows, it is her mother. What […]

Posted October 22, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

I think Heretics Anonymous is a really important book to have out there, and I think that a lot of people will be offended by it. Please take this all with a grain salt, because with anything controversial, personal experiences tends to shade the review.  I am going to try really hard not to discuss too much theology here, because I feel like that will lead to arguments, and this is a book review blog.  That said, I think a little background on my own experience is required to give a fair frame for this review.  I’ll keep it as brief as possible. […]

Posted October 18, 2018 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

I’m not sure what I like best in Sky in the Deep:  the characters, the setting, the love story, or the plot. I think it’s very rare for a novel to hit all the points perfectly.  Most novels will have amazing characters in a riveting plot, but lose something in the worldbuilding.  Or else, they’ll be in these gorgeous fantasy worlds, but the pacing will be so frustrating.  I really can’t think of anything to criticize about Sky in the Deep.  It’s an easy book to fall in love with. Eelyn is an Aska warrior, fierce and brave.  Everything four years, her […]

Posted October 15, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Heart of Iron and I have sort of a weird relationship.  I think at the end of the day, I didn’t like it.  But the thing is… I couldn’t stop reading it.  It’s not a train wreck or anything like that – it’s just really immersive.  And that’s good! This novel is an Anastasia retelling in a space outlaw setting.  In many ways, it’s similar to L1F3LIKE, which I read earlier this year.  Of course it is – they’re both high-tech Anastasia retellings!  I honestly do believe I may have enjoyed Heart of Iron more if I hadn’t read L1F3LIKE, or if I has read […]

Posted October 8, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

I have a historically sordid history with steampunk novels – I am drawn to them, but I rarely love them.  The exception, of course, has been Etiquette & Espionage, which I thought was a hoot.  It wasn’t the steampunk elements that drew me to Ink, Iron, and Bone – this time, it was the promise of someone with the ability to create worlds. Unfortunately, this didn’t really pan out for me either.  I feel like there’s some irony in this – for a book about scriptologists (world writers), the world building itself was unsatisfying.  Clare does a lot of telling and not […]

Posted September 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

I really, really, really wanted to love this book.  I think the name is brilliant.  I adore the cover art.  I loved that it was a book with a bi (possibly lesbian? Jury’s out because Danny herself isn’t sure yet) character and eating disorders.  All sorts of really heavy, important topics and I wanted it to be really good. It just… wasn’t good.  It wasn’t the fit I was looking for, though I can’t really decide if it’s because the book wasn’t well-written, or if it just wasn’t what I wanted from it.  I guess I’ll go with the latter… because it’s quite possible […]

Posted September 12, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //