Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black | Audiobook Review

After learning that The Darkest Part of the Forest, by Holly Black, is in the same world as The Cruel Prince, I was willing to read it. It starts with an interesting setting, the town of Fairfold, where humans and the Folk have lived side by side for years. One of the attractions….

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Modern Fantasy · Review

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman | Audiobook Review

Gaiman collected a bunch of his short stories that could be triggering, but he spends a good hour in the introduction explaining his thoughts about trigger warnings and the short story collection. I can’t explain well what Gaiman’s strategy for the book was or what his main motivation was, but I found a quotation that explains it much better. I found this quote from the introduction

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Audiobook Review

Jude Duarte is trying to find a place for herself in the High Court of Faerie, where she grew up after her parents were murdered. She wishes she was like the fey so that she can belong, but she lacks immortality, unlike her oldest sister. She tries different paths so that she can belong, and that often means defying the nobility, especially Prince Cardan. This brings fey cruelty down on her head. As she gets involved in the political….

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Audiobook Review

After reading very little young adult fantasy for a while, it was wonderful to read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, read by Bahni Turpin. Inspired by West African mythology, Adeyemi created a world where the magic-users, Magi, have been oppressed and magic has been almost wiped off the face of the earth. Zélie….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard | Audiobook Review

Several months ago I was looking for an audiobook, and OverDrive suggested M-E Girard’s Girl Mans Up. After listening to the sample, I gave it a shot and loved it.

Girl Mans Up is about a high school girl trying to be who she is. Pen plays video games, supports her friends, wears her brother’s shirts,  and wants to be one of the guys. Her Portuguese parents want her to dress like a “girl” and….

Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Synopsis from the Author’s Website: Incapable. Awkward. Artless.  That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work… Continue reading Crewel by Gennifer Albin