Tag: Strong Female Protagonist

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This book is a really difficult one for me to review. It’s not because of mixed feeling or any qualms I had with the story itself – no, I loved this book and now have so much respect for Kristin Cashore as a writer – but because this book really made me think about how female leads are characterized in YA literature, about reading levels and character relationships, about high fantasy as a genre… so much.  I have so many thoughts about this book. After deliberating about it for a while, I’ve decided I’m going to talk about the romance in Graceling.  […]

Posted June 17, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

When I was in college, people constantly asked: “What are you going to do with a history degree?” Right now, I’m using it for absolutely nothing, although I have no regrets. Learning more about the Crusades and Atlantic history and Ancient Rome was incredible. If I could have stayed in school forever, learning more about the cultural evolution of humanity, I would, have. Unfortunately, life is not perfect, and I work in finance. If the world was perfect, I would be using my degree as a historian for St. Mary’s. I had zero expectations for this book. It wasn’t on […]

Posted May 4, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book is so fucking powerful. If y’all knew me in person, you’d know that I never swear. This calls for it. THE HATE U GIVE calls for something more – something bigger and louder and angrier. This book *needs* to be taught in high school. Every one – no matter your age, color gender, political stance… any of it… everyone needs to read this book. Why? Because it’s *important*. THE HATE U GIVE wasn’t written for me, but it did educate me to check my priveldge, to move out of the spotlight, to see justice no matter its color. […]

Posted May 1, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Delilah Bard stole my heart. While I am a fan of excellent heroines, very few capture me the way Lila did.  The minute she swooped into this book, speaking of her swashbuckling dreams, I was entirely on board. A Darker Shade of Magic isn’t about Lila, though.  Not really.  It’s about Kell and the Antari who travel through worlds, and a bit of corrupted Black London that has found its way into his unwitting hands.  It’s about danger and sacrifice and courage and stubbornness and Lila is very much just along for the ride.  And who came blame her?  With London […]

Posted December 26, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
6 YA Heroines to Watch for in 2018 – Guest Post @ Blushing Bibliophile

6 YA Heroines to Watch for in 2018 – Guest Post @ Blushing Bibliophile

Hi everyone! Today, we’re going to change things up a bit. I was a sked to guest post over at Blushing Bibliophile, so I decided to write a list of something of the up and coming heroines we can expect next year. These six ladies fight, are smart, are themselves despite tropes and environment, and are not about to be fooled by love. Head on over to Blushing Bibliophile and check it out! The weekly Make-Your-Own-Book Box post will air tomorrow, don’t worry!  As a sneak peek, I can tell you that the theme is a hugely popular book, which contains: […]

Posted December 23, 2017 in Reading // 2 Comments //
First Test by Tamora Pierce

First Test by Tamora Pierce

Keladry, I have been missing you all my life. First Test is about Kel of Mindelan, the first girl to apply for pageship since Alanna the Lioness became the first lady knight.  Kel is allowed to enter the program on a one year probation to prove herself – not as an individual, but to prove that girls can do whatever boys do.  She trains hard, works hard, and suffers hazing just like the boys – but she is not without her allies. I cannot believe I waited twenty years to read this book.  Yes, twenty.  My first Tamora Pierce book was Wild […]

Posted December 21, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //