Tag: 2018 Debut Authors Challenge

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

Posted August 29, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments

I am going to do my darnedest to explain why I didn’t like this book, but a lot of other people will.  Perhaps you will love it!  Ignite the Stars is a space-based, science-fiction novel that will appeal to a lot of readers.  There were just some things that didn’t work for me.  That doesn’t make it bad.  It just made it … disappointing. There are some spoilers, y’all, so be wary.  Mostly character-related, but I wanted to warn you. To start off, I like the concept of following a young rebellion leader through the cosmos while she rescues the galaxy from an […]

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The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

Posted August 20, 2018 in Reviews // 7 Comments

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 […]

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Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan

Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan

Posted August 8, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

An unprecedented number of chapters in this book end with the character losing consciousness. I know that’s an odd way to begin a review, but stick with me here.  It’s just one of the many ways Catching Stars irked me.  I don’t typically notice patterns like that when I’m reading – I’m more of the sort of person to get pulled into the story and get annoyed with the characters or something like that.  When something breaks the flow, I notice, and it crawls under my skin.  The writer needs to be exceptional in some way afterwards to pull me back in. […]

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The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl: On Love, Body Image, School, and Making It Through Life by Christina De Witte

The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl: On Love, Body Image, School, and Making It Through Life by Christina De Witte

Posted August 2, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Writing an advice book for young women is easier said than done.  There’s a lot going on in their heads, with their bodies, and the great wide world around them.  When I was a kid, my mum grabbed a religious-toned book and gave it to me and that was “the talk”.  I don’t remember what it was anymore, but I do remember the premise:  everything is natural, your body is god’s temple and do not despoil it, and pray for guidance daily. With all due respect to the religious folk, it was not very helpful.  It didn’t explain how and […]

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Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Posted July 28, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments

My expectations for Not the Girls You’re Looking For were so high, they were halfway to the moon.  I can’t explain it.  I think it was the title – a subtle nod to Obi Wan Kenobi and “These are not the droids you’re looking for.” It’s a stupid reason to latch on to a book, but it’s my reason and it happened. Not the Girls You’re Looking For has nothing to do with Star Wars by the way.  It’s a contemporary romance (ish?) with a Muslim main character who actually observes the Muslim holidays.  Written by a Muslim author.  I can’t really speak […]

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