Witch by Finbar Hawkins

I did not enjoy most of this book. I don’t really want to write a ‘negative’ review, because I can see how some people might have enjoyed this. But the writing style – although unique, and with an excellent narrative voice, did not gel with me. The book was written with archaic language, playing with […]

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

I really enjoyed this book. Out of the three authors, I have read and enjoyed previous books by Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows, but I’ve never read a Brodi Ashton book yet. Together the three of them combine to something even greater than the sum of their parts: a quick-witted, smartly plotted, adorable historical comedy […]

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

So. This book. I can see the similarities to The Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge! which were the selling points that drew me to this book. The elements are there. But it’s just so… Boring. I’m not going to do a ‘real’ review since I didn’t finish the book. I got about three-quarters […]

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

I borrowed this audiobook from my library, and it took me a while to do so because from the cover, title, and blurb (which I probably didn’t read all the way through or comprehend when it said Second Civil War), I was under the impression this was a genuine historical fiction book about a Wild […]

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Please note that this review spoils both the book and the 2020 Disney film adaptation. I have always loved this book. I first read it in high school after I discovered it was written by the same author who wrote White Fang. Now, keep in mind I was at school over the millennium, so this […]

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

This is the third copy of Black Beauty I own. Black Beauty is an incredibly special book to me. Not only was it the first non-picture book I ever read all by myself at age 5 or 6, and when I finished it I immediately started it all over again: it taught me an incredibly […]

Deathless Divide (Dread Nation #2) by Justina Ireland

Deathless Divide was the perfect sequel to Dread Nation. PERFECT. Whereas Dread Nation (which everyone lost their minds for, myself included, because Civil War era zombies and a black female warrior lead? Oh. My. God. Yes.) sold itself on ‘combat school for Negro girls’, it really wove in a plot that expanded beyond the school […]

Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake

Through the White Wood appealed to me because I love elemental-based magic, especially when it’s ice/water vs fire: I also learned through reading the book that it’s based in an area of Russia centuries ago, except this version of Russia has real magic. I really liked that it was based here, and it was really […]

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