Friday, June 21, 2019

The Redundancy of A Court of Frost and Starlight

It's no secret that I am a little sick and tired of Sarah J. Maas books in general, but I usually tend to enjoy them because they're entertaining. Even with all the issues I take with her series', they offer an fun read if nothing else. But A Court of Frost and Starlight? Nothing happens. Nothing at all. Like many others, I am beyond frustrated with the absence of any action. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

My Favorite Book Villains

Who doesn't love a good villain? Villains can make or break a story and are often the most iconic characters. Everyone knows Darth Vader and the Wicked Witch of the West. In my opinion, the best villains are ones that are undeniably human. Caricatures of manically-laughing criminals are far less intriguing than ones who show depth and motive. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Once Upon a River was an impulse buy at the bookstore one day. I spotted it sitting on the shelf and immediately wanted it. Not only is the cover gorgeous, the story inside is a winding, whimsical tale set on the Thames River in the late 1800s. The story centers around the river itself and features a mystery of a girl found dead who mysteriously comes back to life. The ambiance of this book is so beautiful that you will want to sink right into the story yourself.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Summer Reading List

If I'm being honest, Summer is my least favorite season. It's hot, humid, and there are bugs everywhere. But summer vacation is a whole different story. There's time to read and bake, to go to the beach and go hiking (when it's not too hot to venture outside). I used to kill the summer reading program when I was a kid. I survived my first year of university and I am so ready to throw myself into reading (and working). So here are some books that I am incredibly excited to read!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Time Travel and Magic: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell Review

I enjoyed this book. It has the perfect formula for a book that I would love: time travel, magic, secret societies, and a heist? Count me in! The Last Magician is well written, diverse, and has a vibrant setting. But I just couldn't shake the feeling that it could have been more than what it was. It could have pushed more boundaries, provided more insight, and built up a deeper world. While it was a special book, I don't think that it was especially fantastic.

Friday, February 15, 2019

My Favorite Non-Romantic Books

As we all know, yesterday was Valentine's Day. I think I will always maintain that Valentine's Day is a fake holiday. Yes, I know that technically all holidays are "fake" in the sense that their creation and perpetuation are made up by the human mind, but in my opinion, Valentine's Day is one of the most fake of them all. Hallmark and candy companies conspired to sell heart-shaped chocolates and sappy cards. It's purely marketing. So, against the usual romantic tendencies that spring up around this time of year, I'm here to recommend some of my favorite books that are distinctly non-romantic. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Reading the Scariest Book: The Haunting of Hill House

According to almost all of history and most reviewers, Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House is one of the scariest novels of all time. Since the recent release of Netflix's miniseries of the same title, this classic horror has been brought back into the limelight. As a horror fan, the book had sat on my to be read list for years. I finally got around to reading it after devouring and loving the show, and I was not disappointed.