I want to blame the narrator of this audiobook, but I strongly suspect that I am not smart enough for The Book of Joan. I found myself listening very hard to make sure I didn’t miss something important. Conceptually, The Book of Joan is somehow both gruesome and beautiful and while I actually really liked it, it was a difficult listen for me. Part warning, part dystopia, this book tells the story of the world after a nuclear event and the evolution and cruelty of the human race. It is in some ways a retelling of the Joan of Arc story… […]
Happy Valentine’s Day! In the spirit of all that is romantic, I bring you a book review about a grisly viking YA. Haha, okay, not that grisly. And there is a romantic plot line that is sort of epic and sweet. The Half-Drowned King tells the story of Ragnvald Eysteinsson and his sister Svanheld. The two are being raised by their greedy stepfather on the land that once belonged to their grandfather, a king. Olaf, the stepfather, has no intention of letting Ragnvald inherit the land, so he contracts a petty king to have him murdered. When the assassin – the […]
“Explaining why you love something is one of the most important jobs on earth.” Well. Now because of this book I take an immense extra pleasure in discussing a good novel. A good book wraps you up in a warm, cozy blanket and gives you magnificent hot cocoa and homemade chocolate cookies and says in that soft, familiar voice: “I love you.” How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran punches you in the face with a dildo and makes you listen to The Cure on repeat until either your brain explodes or you are in love. It is not […]
Wow. I’ve loved this series – when The Queen of the Tearling was announced, I preordered it… and every book since. I know from time to time the story gets difficult to follow, but once you reach the end, it is clear to see why the multiple timelines are so important. Still, it can be a little difficult to follow at times, and I had to force myself to read slowly. I love Kelsea. For all her flaws, I love her. I think she’s strong, brave, and focused. I love her willingness to do what she must for her people, […]
Definitely not what I expected, but I couldn’t put it down.