Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review · Young Adult

Not Simple by Natsume Ono | Graphic Novel Review

Not Simple, by Natsume Ono, reminds me of an experimental independent film that was sad but leaves me feeling unsure about what I just watched. Told in mostly reverse order, the manga tells the life of Ian and the mystery behind it. A writer named Jim has been learning about him and keeping track of him since before he achieved his goal.


Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Sweet Fifteen by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

Sweet Fifteen by Diane Gonzales Bertrand is not part of a series. The synopsis on the back of the book says: Hispanic families traditionally mark the transition to womanhood with a special coming-out party for a girl’s fifteenth birthday. As Stephanie’s quinceañera approaches, however, her household is glum. Her loving but domineering father has recently… Continue reading Sweet Fifteen by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

Children's Literature · Historical Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner is the first book in the Spirit’s Princess series. It also expands the Princesses of Myth series/chronicles. It is set in Japan and features a map to help give a visual of where Himiko goes. This is the synopsis on the cover flap: Himiko shouldn’t have a care in the world. As the daughter… Continue reading Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner


GoT: S01, E02: The Kingsroad

Program: Game of Thrones Season: No. 01 Episode: No. 02: The Kingsroad Tyrion “The Imp” Lannister, wakes up in the Starks’ dog kennel. His nephew, Prince Joffrey Baratheon, is there to mock him. Tyrion slaps the prince to make the prince pay his respects to the injured Bran. Cersei and Ser Jaime are told that Bran will live.… Continue reading GoT: S01, E02: The Kingsroad

Movie/Television · Review

Game of Thrones (GoT): S01, E01: Winter is Coming

Program: Game of Thrones Season: No. 01 Episode: No. 01: Winter is Coming It starts with three members of the Night’s Watch. Two are killed and the other survives. He becomes a deserter. We shift to Winterfell. The fun the Starks were enjoying was interrupted by an announcement. A deserter of the Night’s Watch was captured.… Continue reading Game of Thrones (GoT): S01, E01: Winter is Coming


If you hurt her. . . .

“‘You look happy,’ he said to Clary. He swiveled his gaze to Jace. ‘And a good thing for you that she does.’

Jace raised an eyebrow. ‘is this the part where you tell me that if I hurt her, you’ll kill me?’

‘No,’ said Simon. ‘If you hurt Clary, she’s quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons.'”

~ Cassandra Clare, City of Glass (pg. 534)

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass is the third novel in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Once again, I have finished re-reading this. Just a little fact, the Mortal Instruments series was originally a trilogy, so this had been the last book of it. That was before Cassandra Clare decided that she was going to continue the… Continue reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare is the second novel in the Mortal Instruments series. I just finished re-reading this one. Be warned: there are some spoilers, but I will try not to ruin the ending. By the way, that’s Clary on the cover! Clary and Simon start a brief period of dating, but Clary… Continue reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare