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Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

  This book is so good. It’s good in a way that pulls you right into the story, that unabashedly talks about issues of race, and has characters that could walk right off the page.  Right now, books about Black trauma are being gobbled up, but there isn’t enough conversation about subtle daily racism.  Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From is not a Black book, but it approaches racism from a latinx view and pays respects to Black voices as well.  And it should not be ignored. I think of most people, the most difficult thing about Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From […]

Posted June 30, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Highfire by Eoin Colfer

Highfire by Eoin Colfer

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This book was such an unexpected delight. It’s almost just… super insightful as to the maturity of my sense of humor.  Honestly.  I am so refined.  Only the most elite of jokes. Oh, who am I kidding? Highfire is overrun with balls-jokes, a violence-hungry crooked cop, and a dragon that loves Flashdance and honestly I am here for it.  It’s a little crude but utterly ridiculous, and […]

Posted June 25, 2020 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

  This book is my everything. Which is kinda funny, actually, because if they average reader picked it up, they’d be totally confused by that statement.  Why?, they would ask, side-eyeing the cartoony mass market paperback cover and skimming over eh decidedly simple writing.  Alanna is a YA novel with a strong female protagonist breaking gender norms in 1983, back when the YA genre didn’t really exist and strong female protagonists didn’t really exist and breaking gender norms in fantasy REALLY didn’t exist, and my little self read this in 1998 when a lot of these things still didn’t exist, and it was everything. Now.  […]

Posted June 23, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

  I’ve got some mixed feelings about Masque of the Red Death.  On the one hand, it’s this beautiful, decaying steampunk world. This is a retelling, as you may have guessed, of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” short story.  It’s takes this devastating contagion and casts a spotlight on the masked faces of the selfish upper class dancing while the city burns, essentially. But I think… I think I wanted this book to be something it wasn’t, which resulted in my explaining away a lot of it.  Trying to make excuses.  Trying to make it a better book […]

Posted June 16, 2020 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Finding My “New Normal” – The May 2020 Wrap Up

Finding My “New Normal” – The May 2020 Wrap Up

Good morning everyone and happy… June 8th! I thought about dropping this wrap up last Monday, but I wanted to give myself a little extra time to get my thoughts together as I usually write these posts the weekend before dropping them and who knows!  I may have finished an amazing book on May 31st! I’ve been personally doing a *little* better these days, and I think that comes with a better level of certainty and of course, more sunshine.  Like, literal sunshine.  I don’t do well in the spring.  While the world is still struggling, at least the outline […]

Posted June 8, 2020 in Checking In // 4 Comments //
The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Wow. This book was a ride. You guys already know I pick up pirate books like a robin plucking up fat wriggling worms – I can’t get enough.  The grisly reality, the call of the sea, the code of the Brethren… bring it on.  Requesting The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea was an easy call, and I’m so glad I did. At first, I wasn’t […]

Posted June 3, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //