• I’m quitting blogging. And that’s okay.

    Well, perhaps quitting is the wrong word to use. For one, I can’t bring myself to delete this blog no matter how hard I try, which means I have something holding me back. Maybe it’s the years of hard work I’ve put into it, or maybe it’s my unconscious’s way of telling me that I’m not really done just yet. Who knows.… [read on]

    I’m quitting blogging. And that’s okay.
  • 5 Fantasy Tropes I Love

    Fantasy (more specifically high fantasy) is one of those genres that I can never have enough of. Whether it’s television, the big screen, or books, fantasy is the one thing I always return to when I’m feeling uninspired or slump-y. And because I’m such a big fan of such a vast genre, I obviously have favorite tropes that I always… [read on]

    5 Fantasy Tropes I Love
  • Book Haul: August ’17

    Hi, everyone! Today, I come to you with a book haul – which is a post I haven’t done in a really long time on my blog. I’m currently on a book buying ban, meaning that I can’t buy a new book unless I’ve read at least five books that I already own, so I haven’t been buying many books,… [read on]

    Book Haul: August ’17

Siege and Storm (Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo – Review

Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2) Author: Leigh Bardugo Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy Synopsis: Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny…

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman – Review

Title: Unwind (Unwind Dystology #1) Author: Neal Shusterman Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi > Dystopia Synopsis: The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors,…

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Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie Jr. – Review

Title: Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles Author: Ron Currie Jr. Genre: Fiction | Contemporary Synopsis: The protagonist of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles is named Ron Currie, Jr., and as you’d expect, he’s a lot like the guy who wrote the book. Both of them are writers; both of their fathers are dead; both are deeply in love with women whose beauty and allure are matched only by…

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles – Review

Title: A Separate Peace Author: John Knowles Genre: Literary Fiction | Classics Summary: Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer,…

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Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran – Review

Title: Scent of Triumph Author: Jan Moran Genre: Historical Fiction | Romance Summary: When French perfumer Danielle Bretancourt steps aboard a luxury ocean liner, leaving her son behind in Poland with his grandmother, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. The year is 1939, and the declaration of war on the European continent soon threatens her beloved family, scattered across…

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The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth – Review

Title: The Secrets of Midwives Author: Sally Hepworth Genre: Fiction | Women’s Fiction Summary: THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES tells the story of three generations of women devoted to delivering new life into the world—and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy—including the identity of…

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Review

Title: The Bone Season (Bone Season #1) Author: Samantha Shannon Genre: Sci-Fi | Fantasy > Paranormal Synopsis: It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for…

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Hollywood Dreaming by James Franco – Review

Title: Hollywood Dreaming Author: James Franco Genre: Non-Fiction (?) Summary:In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed A California Childhood, James Franco presents a compelling portrait of the life of a young actor coming into his own in Hollywood. Told in an absorbing array of literary styles and art forms—from short stories and poems to personal snapshots, paintings and self-portraits—Hollywood Dreaming brilliantly pieces together the…

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – Review

Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty Author: Libba Bray Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal Summary: A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy—jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel. Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her…

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Krampus by Brom – Review

Title: Krampus Author: Brom Genre: Fantasy  Summary:One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large…

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