Book Review

Bitterblue

Bitterblue is such an awesome character. She is thoughtful and intelligent and struggling *so hard* to run a kingdom that suffered so much. She has to find a way to take responsibility and step into her leadership role, supporting the people close to her, finding sense and meaning from decades of trauma and heinous acts.The… Continue reading Bitterblue

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Book Review

Fire

I like Fire a lot more than Katsa from Graceling, which is saying a lot. Fire has so much more inner turmoil. She’s fascinating, and her relationship with her father is fascinating, and the depth and power in her are frightening and awesome to see.This story takes place before the events of Graceling, chronologically. I… Continue reading Fire

Book Review

Graceling

This is one of those books that I keep around to re-read every so often. It’s such a delightful fantasy, with a female protagonist who is capable, interesting, and ultimately isn’t scared to ask for what she wants.I really enjoy the Graceling Realm books. Kristin Cashore knows what she’s doing, and her books are easy… Continue reading Graceling

Book Review

The Fifth Season

N. K. Jemisin is a brilliant writer, and I can’t get enough of her novels. Still, I feel like I should offer a trigger warning every time I suggest this book to someone. I’ve flat-out told my husband not to read it—and that makes me really sad, because it means he’s missing out on some… Continue reading The Fifth Season

Book Review

The Golden Compass

I don’t know how to adequately describe my love for this book, and for Philip Pullman’s writing.The first time I read this, I was 13 years old. It was a formative year for me. I found Paganism, decided I was a writer…and read His Dark Materials. Pullman created a world that was familiar and yet… Continue reading The Golden Compass

Book Review

The Artist’s Way

There aren’t enough books like this out there.I don’t know if this book would be necessary for everyone—as a woman who grew up in patriarchal America, however, where creative writing is often considered “impractical,” and creativity is villainized as “unproductive”… Well. You can imagine how cathartic it was to hear that it’s OKAY to be… Continue reading The Artist’s Way

Book Review

The Thousandth Floor

Man, that opening. What a hook. I thought it was going to be cliche. I thought I was going to have this shining example to hold up to say “Never try to hook your reader with this sort of thing…” And then I read this WHOLE BOOK trying to figure out that hook, because it… Continue reading The Thousandth Floor

Book Review, Pagan

Pagan Portals: The Morrigan

I really appreciate that this book was written by an Irish reconstructionist. There’s a certain level of academic adherence in the reconstructionists that puts me at ease. I don’t feel like I have to take everything with a grain of salt and question their research methods and wonder if they’re adding artistic license to their… Continue reading Pagan Portals: The Morrigan

Life, Pagan

Why I’m Pagan

Sometimes the answer to why someone is religious is as simple as knowing what religion/culture they were raised in. The familiar is often comforting, and most large religions have enough to offer people nowadays that there wouldn't necessarily be big reasons to look for something else. I grew up in a Christian community, going to… Continue reading Why I’m Pagan

Book Review

Angels & Demons

I remember really enjoying this book when I first read it. I liked the fast pace, the all-or-nothing drama of the mystery that needs to be solved. Scholars saving the day is always a fun trope—Indiana Jones is awesome, after all, and I LOVE The Librarian movies. Now that I’m older, I got pretty annoyed… Continue reading Angels & Demons