Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

American Panda by Gloria Chao | Book Review

Through a combination of reading the synopsis and several reviews, I decided that I wanted to borrow American Panda, by Gloria Chao, from the library and read it. Having graduated high school a year early, Mei is starting her first semester at MIT on the pre-med path her Taiwanese parents chose for her. She struggles….

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Technology · Thoughts

What I Learned about Ebooks from College

E-textbooks are generally cheaper than physical textbooks, so I tend to pick them when I feel the price of the physical book is too high. Since starting college, I have used ebooks in my classes. I anticipated buying ebooks for my classes. When I visited colleges, we were advised that it was in our best… Continue reading What I Learned about Ebooks from College

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Modern Fantasy · Review

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay, is an anthology of the fictional lives of women: difficult women, loose women, crazy women, frigid women, married women, and dead women. There are some flash fiction, contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy and other types of short stories. This collection expands the labels given to “difficult” women, and they show each woman in the story as a real person, how she got this way, and why she is the person she is.

Technology · Thoughts

When Ebooks Became Pricier Than Paperbacks

Once upon a time, you could count on ebooks being cheaper than their print counterparts, if only by a few dollars. This was always reassuring. Over the last few months, I have noticed that Kindle ebooks are more expensive than paperbacks now. I have never been a fan of paying more than five dollars for… Continue reading When Ebooks Became Pricier Than Paperbacks

Children's Literature · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

Synopsis from Goodreads: Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life… Continue reading The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Half Bad by Sally Green

Since tomorrow is my birthday, I thought it would be a good idea to review a book where a birthday is very important to survival. So, here is Half Bad by Sally Green. Synopsis from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches… Continue reading Half Bad by Sally Green

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Synopsis from Goodreads: Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting… Continue reading Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Children's Literature · Review · Traditional Fantasy

Flight of the Christmas Witch by Morgan Kostival

Synopsis from Goodreads: FLIGHT OF THE CHRISTMAS WITCH is based on the Italian folktale of La Befana and is presented here as a charming holiday poem. This future classic tells Befana’s story in the style of Clement Clarke Moore’s holiday classic, TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. In this version, Befana provides shelter, and a delicious… Continue reading Flight of the Christmas Witch by Morgan Kostival

Modern Fantasy · Review

The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons

Synopsis from Goodreads: From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet. After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic… Continue reading The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons