Genre: Fiction

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War is an Asian-inspired fantasy with an Asian protagonist, and right now in the world of fantasy, these are incredibly rare.  That reason – if no other – is a good one to pick up this novel. Fang Runin is a different sort of protagonist than I’m accustomed to finding in books like these.  She’s driven and smart, but not in a Hermione-esque where learning comes naturally to her. Rin has to work very hard to keep pace with her peers.  Her birth and raising has not disposed her to this sort of life, and so, she must put […]

Posted August 20, 2018 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree is a story of two girls separated by time, their relationships, and the search that holds them together across centuries.  It’s a romance, it’s a time travel story, and it’s historical fiction.  I was not quite what I expected. I went into The Phantom Tree expecting something more akin to Philippa Gregory’s writing – a court of Tudor intrigue, incredible characters and a respectable amount of villainy.  While there is nothing particularly wrong with The Phantom Tree, it is first and foremost a romance. As far as romances go, it was interesting enough.  Predictable, of course.  We have Alison’s love […]

Posted August 15, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Dark Tower by Stephen King

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

I reviewed this book in depth last March, so I am going to keep this brief and to-the-point. 🙂 The Dark Tower is one of my least favorite books of the series, mostly because of the events that unroll within it.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely well-written, and the last 45 minutes of the audiobook are my favorite in the series.  It’s just that I’ve spent a lot of time invested in these books, and I don’t like seeing the characters I fell in love with, die. I mean, fundamentally, that stinks in any book, but after about the 50% […]

Posted August 13, 2018 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s Green Town series feels like a poetic response to L. M. Mongomery’s Anne of Green Gables.  They’re both beautiful, lyrical works of art, and they both wrap you up in stories of growing up and growing older. Both follow children through mundane, magical adventures.  Both wrap you up inside them until you are hopelessly lost and enchanted. Dandelion Wine has been on my TBR for years because of how iconic the sequel is – a few of you may be familiar with Something Wicked This Way Comes?  I wasn’t sure what to expect – Something Wicked is introspective and spooky – […]

Posted August 10, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Small Steps by Louis Sachar

In 2017, we all went head-over-heels for the Black Lives Matter rep in the (truly phenomenal) The Hate U Give… but did anyone know that this rep has been out there before?  And, of all books, in the sequel to the iconic Holes? I had no idea what to expect from Small Steps, knowing only that it was a sequel to one of the beloved books I read as a child, and that it would be following Armpit instead of Stanley Yelnats and Zero.  I honestly barely read the summary – I was all in by the legacy.  I love Holes and I think it’s […]

Posted August 3, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Heyyy, d’y’all remember The Dresden Files? It was this short running series on Syfy back in 2007.  Basically, you’ve got your Gandalf-style old-school wizard in the modern era, only his name is Harry Dresden and he doesn’t have the big beard.  He does have a staff.  In the case of the TV show, it was a hockey stick. You know, The Dresden Files.  Like Legend of the Seeker and other “look, we’ll try to give you some fantasy, but honestly, it isn’t selling right now” TV shows of 10 years ago that you may have seen while flipping through the channels.  Maybe you […]

Posted July 29, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //