Tag: 2018 Debut Authors Challenge

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

Full disclosure:  when my preorder of The Deepest Roots arrived, I didn’t even remember ordering it.  I had to jump on Goodreads in order to refresh my memory of what it was.  I can’t remember ever doing this for a book before, and the fact that I had forgotten I ordered it didn’t sit well for me.  If it was already forgettable, reading it would probably be a chore. I am a fool, loves.  An absolute fool.  The Deepest Roots is one of my favorite reads this year.  Here’s why. The characters are wonderful.  As a white woman, I see myself represented in […]

Posted October 25, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo

I’ve been waffling back and forth about To Kill a Kingdom ever before I read it.  The reviews out there are really mixed.  There are a few reviewers whose views usually align pretty closely with mine, but even among those there are some starkly different views.  So when I went into To Kill a Kingdom, I didn’t know what to expect. The long and short of it is simply this:  depending on what you want from this book, your enjoyment of it will vary.  From a fantasy and a retelling, I’m usually looking for solid worldbuilding, and from a any book I […]

Posted October 24, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Everless by Sara Holland

Everless by Sara Holland

I went into this book with very low expectations, because most the people I know in the blogosphere either hated it, or DNF’d it.  I wasn’t looking forward to reading it, and I even waited a week after pulling it from my TBR Jar before I started it. Then I read it in a day. I won’t go as far as to say that Everless is a perfect novel.  The attention to detail waxes and wanes.  The characters are spotty and a little shallow at times.  But it’s good, too.  It’s highly entertaining.  There are twists – though not entirely unexpected […]

Posted October 23, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
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 //