Modern Fantasy · Review

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle | eARC Review

Inspired by Christina Rossetti’s “The Goblin Market,” Molly Ringle retold it with the addition of two love interests. In Puget Sound, Washington, one young woman, Skye Darwen, remembers hearing the fairy folk when she was little and came upon them again as an adult. The goblins curse her with becoming one of them, leaving her depressed and hardly able to communicate. Livy Darwen, her older sister, tries everything to help her but grows frustrated about how this happened. Kit Sylvain would understand what happened to her because of an inherited contract that makes him the human liaison for the goblin tribe. As he starts dating Livy, he fails to notice Skye dragging his cousin, Grady Sylvain, into the curse. Left untouched by goblin magic…

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Book Traveling Thursdays: A New-to-You Author

It’s time for another Book Traveling Thursdays! This week we are to choose a new-to-you author that you discovered this year. That new-to-me author is Ursula K. Le Guin. Because I read and loved her novella, Paradises Lost, I’m choosing the anthology I found it in: The Birthday of the World and Other Stories. Paradises Lost is about… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: A New-to-You Author

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza Mirk is a famous author of a webcomic, Monstrous Sea, but everyone only knows her as LadyConstellation. She is perfectly happy in her anonymous world with her online friends, her monsters, and her loving-but-confused family. All of this changes when the biggest Monstrous Sea fan transfers to her high school and tries to bring her into the real world. Francesca Zappia’s Eliza and Her Monsters depicts an introverted high schooler, with a few privileges, learns how to balance her needs and interests and how to interact with people off the internet.

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Six Degrees of Separation from Like Water for Chocolate to Wicca

It’s the first Saturday of the month, and that means it’s time for Six Degrees of Separation. It took a surprisingly Halloween-related turn. In case you don’t know, 6 Degrees of Separation, hosted by hosted by Kate @ Booksaremyfavoriteandbest, is where we connect the book Kate gives us to six other books. You can follow the activity… Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation from Like Water for Chocolate to Wicca

Modern Fantasy · Review

Nisemonogatari: Fake Tale: Part 01 by NisiOisiN

Araragi Koyomi wakes up and finds that he has been kidnapped by his girlfriend. In processing how he got there, he recounts the interactions with his sisters and his lifelong friends. He starts to uncover a plot that his middle-school-age “Fire” sisters are involved in. They feel a sense of justice and try to dish it out to people. In Koyomi’s opinion, something just feels fake about it all. NisiOisiN’s Nisemonogatari: Fake Tale: Part 01 is a light-hearted urban fantasy that focuses on Koyomi’s relationships and the trouble of teenagers in his community.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2017

Welcome to Fall, the season of horror, monsters and pumpkin spice lattes! September is coming to a close, and I need to sum up what has happened this month along with some interesting finds. Book Reviews Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2, by Sui Ishida: 4/5 Stars Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin: 3/5 Stars Trans… Continue reading Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2017

Nonfiction · Review

Trans Voices by Declan Henry

Trans Voices: Becoming Who You Are, by Declan Henry, compiles the words of trans individuals and explanations of issues. The book discusses everyday experiences, transitioning, treatments, surgeries, discrimination, and legal and healthcare issues. In this book, Henry attempts to educate the cisgender population about the lives and experiences of trans individuals to increase acceptance and understanding.

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Book Traveling Thursdays: Travel Bucket List

This is the first week of BTT that I’m participating in with Lauren as the host. In case you don’t know, Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme, created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at The Girl Who Read Too Much to compare covers from around the world. It’s now hosted by Lauren at Comma Hangover. Based on the… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: Travel Bucket List