Tag: 2018 Debut Authors Challenge

My 10 Favorite New Authors of 2018 (& 2018 Debut Author Challenge Review!)

My 10 Favorite New Authors of 2018 (& 2018 Debut Author Challenge Review!)

Last year, I participated in That Artsy Reader Girl’s 2018 Debut Authors Challenge.  This is a challenge Jana has been running for a few years now, though you probably know her better from Top Ten Tuesday!  The Debut Author Challenge is intended to encourage readers to reach out and support new and upcoming authors.  I’ve got to be honest, without this challenge, I most likely would have missed out of some of my favorite books of 2018. As a twist on today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I wanted to talk a little about my Top Ten New Authors from 2018 that […]

Posted January 15, 2019 in Memes // 19 Comments //
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a story about an alien invasion, a girl who become unexpected famous overnight, and why it’s super dangerous to be a rash person.  On some levels, I thought this book was fantastic.  On others, I didn’t like it. But the overall takeaway I want people to have from An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is that it’s an absolutely remarkable book. Starting with the things… okay thing I didn’t like: April May. I couldn’t relate to April at all.  This doesn’t have anything to do with how she is written as a character or Hank’s choice in personality traits being flat […]

Posted December 27, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

In many ways, The Queen’s Rising was a painful book for me to read.  I could see the fantastic ideas just below the surface, like viewing them through a simple gossamer curtain, but they never materialized.  At its very best, The Queen’s Rising is disappointing.  At its worst, it is raw and tedious.  It’s such a shame. Out story starts out with a rushed boarding school montage, where we learned Brienna is trying to become impassionated (a master of an art or skill) but doesn’t really fir any of the passions.  The idea that people have an affinity to or connection with […]

Posted December 13, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
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 //