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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

While I fell completely into The Raven Boys and wanted more of this strange and unusual world, The Dream Thieves left me decidedly unsatisfied.  My understanding of the fan community is that The Dream Thieves is often a favorite in the bookish community, so this is probably a bit of an unpopular opinion…but it just didn’t do it for me.  I’m sorry, but there you have it. This isn’t to say that The Dream Thieves is an inherently unenjoyable book.  It’s still entertaining, and for fans who like Ronan’s character, this book will be a holy grail of awesome.  I’m here for Richard Gansey III and […]

Posted December 10, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

What can I possibly say about The Raven Boys that hasn’t already been said?  This novel enchanted me.  I know that the YA bookish community loves the Raven Cycle, and now I see that they love it with good reason. Going in, I really thought that this would end up being one of those mushy books where the girl falls in love with a gaggle of boys and has to choose, and two of the boys fall in love with each other, and it’s adorable if that’s the sort of thing you like.  I was ready for romance.  I wasn’t looking […]

Posted November 8, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

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 […]

Posted August 20, 2018 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Where Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is this light, fluffy happy story of a boy falling in love, Leah on the Offbeat is a lot grittier.  Sure, Simon had it’s moments.  Goodness knows – it had Martin being a horrible person – but it’s all Oreo cookies compared to Leah. Before I go any further, I think it’s important to say – I genuinely liked this book.  I did!  But there are a lot of places that made me squirm and want to yell at Leah.  But I get Leah, and I think that made it even more uncomfortable for me. Some things to […]

Posted June 30, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

I love this. Nimona is this unapologetic, excited girl with totally unexplained superpowers.  She’s a shapeshifter, or a skin changer, or… well honestly who cares because Sir Blackheart’s evil career needs some serious boosting and HERE COMES NIMONA. This graphic novel is a really well thought-out story about a girl who is lost, two old friends forced by the Institution to be enemies, and a system in power too busy entertaining its own ideas to worry about its people.  There’s deep sentiment and delightful silliness in the panels.  I really enjoyed it. As a graphic novel, it’s brief.  The characters […]

Posted April 4, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Why Book Clubs Aren’t Really My Thing

Why Book Clubs Aren’t Really My Thing

I am such a solitary reader. I feel like that’s a fair thing to be?  After all, unless you’re reading aloud in a circle or recording and audiobook or something equally fantastic, it’s so much lovelier to dig into a novel in a quiet corner so you can really immerse yourself.  And you know what else I really love?  Picking my own books. For about a year, I agreed to join a friend’s book club at work.  It was a small group that eventually dwindled out.  Our biggest problem?  We had one girl who liked romance, one who liked NYT […]

Posted March 30, 2018 in Memes // 20 Comments //