Book Review

Warcross

When I describe this book to people, Ready Player One usually comes up as a comp title. Protagonist finds herself in a virtual reality tournament. Except that’s the thing—Warcross is *better* than Ready Player One. It appeals to me a lot more, which probably has a lot to do with my personal tastes. I feel… Continue reading Warcross

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La Belle Sauvage

I would love this book even if it was terrible--I'm a little biased when it comes to my favorite author. Okay, a LOT biased. I seriously question my friendships with people who haven't read Pullman, or don't like what they have read. His writing is just so damn good.I thought this book was wonderful, though.… Continue reading La Belle Sauvage

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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A Torch Against the Night

Second books in a trilogy are sometimes lackluster. NOT SO WITH THIS BOOK. It doesn’t feel like a bridge between books one and three at all. This feels like an action-packed amazing continuation and escalation of the original story. Elias and Laia and Helene—they are such beautifully-wrought characters. I can’t get enough of Elias and… Continue reading A Torch Against the Night

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An Ember in the Ashes

OMG this book is frickin good. Wow. I LOVED it. I’d heard a lot of good things, so I was excited about reading it, and I am SO GLAD I finally did. Laia is the daughter of the leaders of the Resistance, put in a difficult position, fighting her personal demons even as she tries… Continue reading An Ember in the Ashes