Book Review: Whereabouts

Overall rating: 4/5Pages: 176Genre: Contemporary fictionPace: SlowRead if you loved: Genuinely haven’t read anything similarContent warnings: None Guess who’s done with finals?! Phew, this semester felt waaaaay too long and I’m so tired from the mundane school cycle. I do have an internship starting in ~1 week which is very exciting, and I’m looking forwardContinue reading “Book Review: Whereabouts”

Book Review: These Violent Delights

Overall rating: 4/5Pages: 449Genre: Fantasy, historical fictionPace: MediumRead if you loved: Romeo and Juliet! Or anything with star-crossed lovers/enemies to loversContent warnings: Self-inflicted gore, gang violence, insects crawling/burrowing into bodies So, I need to address my bias before anything else. Growing up, I loved Romeo and Juliet. In fact, I had “These violent delights haveContinue reading “Book Review: These Violent Delights”

Book Review: Transcendent Kingdom

Overall rating: 5/5Pages: 264Genre: FictionPace: Slow-mediumRead if you loved: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (yes, I’m aware I tie everything back to this masterpiece), The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, Homegoing by Yaa GyasiContent warnings: Racism, addiction, loss of a family member, suicide Happy Thursday, everybody! I’m one week closer to finalsContinue reading “Book Review: Transcendent Kingdom”

2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction – Shortlist

The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was just announced and it’s such a diverse selection of books. Of the six books shortlisted, I have read and loved two (The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi), so I cannot wait to read the remaining four before the winner is announced onContinue reading “2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction – Shortlist”

Book Review: Detransition, Baby

Overall rating: 4/5Pages: 337Genre: Fiction, LGBTQ+Pace: MediumRead if you loved: Never quite read anything like this, but The Mothers and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett come to mind as books with comparable themesContent warnings: Miscarriage, abuse, fetishism, transphobia, abortion, HIV/AIDS phobia, suicide, animal cruelty (brief) Detransition, Baby follows the lives of three individuals –Continue reading “Book Review: Detransition, Baby”

Book Review: Lore

Overall rating: 4.5/5Pages: 480Genre: FantasyPace: FastRead if you loved: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, Circe by Madeline Miller, Throne of Glass by Sarah J MaasContent warnings: Violence, sexual assault (brief) Calling all Greek mythology lovers! Go read Lore. No, seriously, it’s wonderful. Tired of the Gods’ unquenchable thirst for power, Zeus instituted the Agon, aContinue reading “Book Review: Lore”

Book Review: The Mothers

Overall rating: 5/5Pages: 288Genre: Bildungsroman, literary fictionPace: SlowRead if you loved: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Conjure Women by Afia Atakora, Homegoing by Yaa GyasiContent warnings: Abortion, infertility, domestic abuse, r*pe (brief), suicide (brief), islamophobia (brief) 17-year old Nadia Turner is reeling from the unexpected loss of her mother. Eager to dim the pain,Continue reading “Book Review: The Mothers”

Book Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

Overall rating: 3/5Pages: 637Genre: High fantasy, romancePace: MediumRead if you loved: From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. ArmentroutContent warnings: Violence Ugh I’m really out here with the least popular of opinions. I promise I’m still very excited for The Crown of Gilded Bones but its predecessor just did not do it for me. MaybeContinue reading “Book Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire”

ARC: The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Overall rating: 4/5Pages: 384Genre: World War 2 FictionPace: MediumRead if you loved: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Giver of Stars by Jojo MoyesContent warnings: Antisemitism, Holocaust I have been intrigued by the premise of this book yetContinue reading “ARC: The Forest of Vanishing Stars”

Book Review: From Blood and Ash

Overall rating: 4/5Pages: 634Genre: Adult fantasy, romancePace: FastRead if you loved: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiContent warnings: Predatory behavior, physical and psychological abuse, child loss Okay, I know I said I was taking a fantasy hiatusContinue reading “Book Review: From Blood and Ash”