Genre: Romance

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

I needed The Wrath and the Dawn because we need more unconventional retellings, guys! While I haven’t read The Arabian Nights, I am well aware of its framework. Scheherazade’s stories that run from one night to another, preserving her life on the basis of basic human curiosity, is a fantastic foundation for a retelling.  Going into The Wrath and the Dawn, I expected a book full of tales and a lot of tension about will-she-or-won’t-she die.  While The Arabian Nights definitely served as the launching pad for this novel, the theme did not continue through the story.  We hear the tales of Agib […]

Posted September 8, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I have some mixed feelings about The Grace Year.  On one hand, this book is really conceptually interesting. It has some serious The Handmaid’s Tale vibes and it’s atmospherically very creative and interesting.  But The Grace Year tried to do a lot of things all at once and I think it over-reached itself. For starters, the pacing was really weird.  Sometimes, we were able to really absorb the situation and the world, and when the story slowed down, the bits and pieces were excellent.  But there were other places that the story seemed to fast-forward and it was easy to get lost.  I […]

Posted September 4, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

If I’m being completely honest, Vinegar Girl was a bit of a bust for me.  I blame most of it on the source material – writing a modern version of The Taming of the Shrew is no small feat.  Our climate called for a twist – we want Kate to be a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need a man to escape and make her happy, and well, let’s just say I didn’t expect the ending?  And I know I should have liked it on some level, but I felt a bit let down. Anne Tyler focused a lot of getting Kate’s personality […]

Posted August 24, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

This was a book I was either bound to love or hate.  It’s like a new movie with a lot of big name actors.  It’ll either be wonderful or absolute ridiculousness riding on the power of its stars.  Speak Easy, Speak Love has a lot of elements I like – it’s set in the 1920s and it’s based on Much Ado About Nothing.  That’s my favorite Shakespeare play – a great comedy and light romance with a lot of wit instead of the usual foolishness.  Add the glitz and glamour of a ’20s speakeasy, and there are a lot of promises. For […]

Posted August 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

I wanted so so much to like Bright Smoke, Cold Fire with the same fiery passion as I liked Crimson Bound.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire has the feeling of a book that wants to do too many things.  There are two POVs in this one – Runajo and Paris, and both are trying to accomplish the same thing – save the city.  In one POV, we learn about the inside of the religious order of the city – in the other, the reader experiences the correct underground.  Either view could have been interesting enough in […]

Posted August 15, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

I always get sucked in by books promising a fabulous multi-verse.  It’s a really complicated theory for a book, where there’s a limited amount of space and a lot of explaining to do.  I feel pretty confident in saying that from the scientific, worldbuilding POV, Tandem is the best YA multi-verse I’ve ever read.  It’s such a complicated subject to get across and explanations need to justify suspension of disbelief, not just ask for it.  I think Anna Jarzab did a really good job in that respect. Unfortunately, because of the immensity of worldbuilding required – not just one, but two, and […]

Posted August 14, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //