A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Review:  After finishing the first book in the Shades of Magic, A Darker Shade of Magic, I jumped right into this one. As mentioned before, I loved the characters and this one not only introduced a few new ones, but let us see some more of my favorite second tier characters. *Some spoilers for the first book, and maybe a small one for this book* Kell and … Continue reading A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Review:  I probably wouldn’t have picked up A Darker Shade of Magic if not for it’s sequel. I didn’t read them out of order and it’s be safe to expect the review for A Gathering of Shadows to come out next week, but it was this second title that grasped my attention. I’m not a big fantasy fan and tend to avoid books with magic in them but … Continue reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Review:   Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel is one of those rare YA books that is delightfully high school. The story is told from the first person POV of Leila so all the other characters only develop as far as her relationship with them does. And there is some development for most of the characters. What makes it delightfully high school is the … Continue reading Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

Review:  This was a really weird story set in the near future. I liked it, but it was really weird. The protagonist, Meena, is a woman on the run and quite disturbed. It’s told in the first person with time jumps between Meena and another woman who predates her, Miriama. The narrative seems confusing at first, but the women are still mentally working through some … Continue reading The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Review: Okay, I’ll admit it, I got a little lost in the language. It took me longer than normal to get through To the Lighthouse. I had begun trying to let my Echo read it to me, which I have loved to do to get ahead on some reading while doing household chores but it let me down here. It was all the sentences that ran … Continue reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich

Review: The Lake was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I didn’t really know what to expect. As usual, I read the description when I first chose to put the book on my TBR and didn’t bother looking at it again when I sat down to read it. What’s the point, I already knew I was interested. I have to say that … Continue reading The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich

Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, translated by Roushan Jahan

Review:  Sultana’s Dream is actually a short story and not a whole book, which I didn’t realize until it came to an abrupt end. It’s about a woman’s dream of an utopian society of women who took over the running of their from the men after they suffered a massive military defeat. The story of how the women came to power is my favorite part of … Continue reading Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, translated by Roushan Jahan

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell

Review:  This is an amazing collection of short stories. Normally, I don’t read horror but the title is so compelling. I just had to read the whole book as soon as I read the title. It is super creepy. Like, really really creepy. Creeped out at a level that I haven’t been since the last time I read a Stephen King collection of short stories. … Continue reading Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell

On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe, translated by Jonathon Cape

Review:  On Black Sisters Street is a dark but good book about the lives of women who have been trafficked to Belgium from Nigeria. It’s sad and a little heartbreaking, but it’s not disaster porn, if that makes any sense. One of my favorite scenes involves one character telling another what to say to the people at the embassy because some of us Western countries get … Continue reading On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe, translated by Jonathon Cape