Hi there, it's been awhile. Things got away from me over the past... 6 months (seriously it's been that long?!). I kept meaning to write wrap-up posts but, well, down time could always be better used as reading time. (That philosophy explains so much about the state of my entire life, really.)
Unlike most fantasy book loving children, thirteen year old Elliot Schafer actually gets picked to protect a land which seems to fulfill all his childhood dreams. The Borderlands are full of creatures right out of his favorite stories – elves, trolls, unicorns, harpies, and to Elliot’s lasting delight, mermaids. The offer to stay and attend school there is everything Elliot could ever wish for. However, he quickly comes to realize that the books all lied – enemies can look like friends, darkness can exist anywhere, and he might have just signed on to attending school in the magic equivalent of Sparta.
Half murder mystery and half dystopian coming of age story, Vaughn manages to write a compelling who-dun-it while sketching out an entire post-apocalyptic world. At the center of Bannerless is The Coast Road communities, a bucolic seeming utopia built after 'The Fall' of the modern world. This is a society where everyone works for their … Continue reading Review: Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn
February has long come and gone without a post to remark on it. This is what happens when your day job gets busy and you take a vacation at the end of the month.
The Best We Could Do is an ambitious, engaging, and emotional memoir...
Billed as a mystery and a suspenseful thriller, Universal Harvester is instead about the intertwining lives of the people who are involved in the creation and discovery of altered VHS rental tapes.
This is not a collection for closure. There is no comfort here.
Few forms of writing are as variable in perceived quality as a poetry collection. What strikes one person as a profoundly striking sentiment will hit the next as a worn thin cliche. Sadly, for me, this collection is the later. Normally when reviewing a poetry collection, I would excerpt a few lines or a shorter … Continue reading Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Retellings of Shakespeare plays are all the rage these days, so it's not surprising to see a fantasy author tackle the magic rich world of The Tempest. Carey's take widens the play from a tale of Prospero's grand revenge scheme into a story of two children growing up supported by each other while in the power … Continue reading Review: Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey
January was quite the tumultuous month! Despite having so many distractions (the start of the apocalypse for one), I managed to get more reading in than I ever thought I would.