So. Your Favorite Books Are Problematic. Now What?

It has definitely been a while since we've had a nice solid discussion, and in the year 2019, I've taken the time to really think about why I write or why I wrote discussion posts. I've taken down a few from last year, and reread others, and in 2019, I want to do better. And … Continue reading So. Your Favorite Books Are Problematic. Now What?

Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas: Another Favorite feat. Murder Mystery, Queer Teens, & Rural Towns

If you didn’t know, When Light Left Us was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and it’s such an underrated one. And so, when the opportunity arose to read Wild and Crooked, I totally pounced. BUT Y’ALL. Leah Thomas is not a one-hit-wonder. Even in a fully contemporary setting, she manages to craft a … Continue reading Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas: Another Favorite feat. Murder Mystery, Queer Teens, & Rural Towns

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: SO. MANY. TWISTS.

5 stars Princess Hesina of Yan has just become queen after what she believes was her father’s murder. Yet, investigating the suspicious circumstances comes with a cost, namely treasonous magic from a soothsayer. Hesina must navigate both her own personal investigation into the murder, as well as the political games inside the imperial court and … Continue reading Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: SO. MANY. TWISTS.

The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin (ARC): Fresh, Exciting, and Unflinchingly a Big Mood™

5 stars A clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives (or, in this case, his high school girlfriends), The Dead Queens Club tells the story from the perspective of Annie Marck aka Cleves, a 17-year-old aspiring journalist who meets Henry at summer camp. Beingn girlfriend number four is hard, and Cleves is the only girlfriend to … Continue reading The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin (ARC): Fresh, Exciting, and Unflinchingly a Big Mood™

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (DRC): A Hard-Hitting Feminist Fantasy That Actually Embodies the Word “Feminist”

5 stars When the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she has no memory of what came before she … Continue reading Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (DRC): A Hard-Hitting Feminist Fantasy That Actually Embodies the Word “Feminist”

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (ARC): A Fast-Paced Sci-Fi Adventure with Surprising Themes

5 stars The notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl, and she's spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. But when she's captured and her identity is exposed, the Commonwealth takes Ia's age and talent as an opportunity for her to serve them and prove that no … Continue reading Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (ARC): A Fast-Paced Sci-Fi Adventure with Surprising Themes