Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean | Book Review

I’ve been a fan of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments for years now, though I can’t get into the spin-off series or enjoy the TV show. Another adaptation has been added to the world with The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1. Once I spotted this graphic….

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Fanfiction

Five Thrilling Harry Potter Fanfics by The Fictionist

I’ve been on a fanfic binge since mid-May, so I want to talk some more about fanfiction. When I’m not reading Drarry fanfics, I like seeing AU interactions between He Who Must Not Be Named and Harry Potter. One of my favorite fanfic authors is The Fictionist, and she satisfies my need for seeing those… Continue reading Five Thrilling Harry Potter Fanfics by The Fictionist

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Audiobook Review

In February I saw several glowing reviews for the audiobook version of The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, and I decided to put myself on the waitlist. It was worth the wait to read this powerful book. One night Starr Carter finds herself the only witness to the fatal shooting of her childhood friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. As the story….

Young Adult

Reviewing Recommended YA Short Stories in Literary Magazines

As a reader and reviewer of young adult books, I’ve mostly focused on novels, but there are also young adult stories. They haven’t typically been my forte, but I’ve learned to appreciate short stories from a creative writing class and from being an undergraduate reader for Blue Mesa Review. This has gotten me thinking about… Continue reading Reviewing Recommended YA Short Stories in Literary Magazines

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali | Book Review

Janna Yusuf is a high school sophomore and hijabi who is dealing with a crush and a monster. Beyond this, the three main types of people in her life are saints, misfits and monsters. I was more sold by the first scene of the book than the synopsis. In this scene, she wears a burkini to the beach despite her father’s criticisms, and shortly after we learn about the monster. S.K. Ali’s Saints and Misfits visits the crushes, friendships and struggles of a Muslim girl.

Fanfiction

I Binged on Fanfiction This Month, and This Is What I Read

Instead of reading a lot of original fiction or nonfiction, I read a lot fanfiction. That means I’m finally making progress on the Fanfiction Reading Challenge! I found myself in a reading slump after the semester ended, but it turned out that I needed to read tons of fanfiction. I basically read 11 fanfics, most… Continue reading I Binged on Fanfiction This Month, and This Is What I Read

Classics · Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy

Paradise Lost by Pablo Auladell & John Milton

Spanish artist Pablo Auladell set out to adapt John Milton’s Paradise Lost into this graphic novel. A few days after Satan’s Fall, he awakens in Hell and rallies his troops to come up with a new plan to attack God. Meanwhile, Adam and Eve are starting their lives together in the Garden of Eden. In this adaptation, we see a condensed and beautiful version of Paradise Lost, even if the characters are relatively flat.