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

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

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

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Review: This is an entertaining YA fantasy. I put it on my Read Harder 2017 list for task 15: Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+. To discover author’s that fit into this category, I took advice from the Goodreads group on the Read Harder challenge which has Schwab mentioned as an author who is LGBTQ+.  I’ve been wanting to … Continue reading The Archived by Victoria Schwab

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Review: It was great to revisit this classic! I reread it for the Read Harder 2017 task 9: Read a book you’ve read before. I had chosen this one because I remember it being the first book that I enjoyed reading on my own. It happened to be that it was required reading for school, which was the only reason I began it in the … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

After having read the book, I really don’t like any of the descriptions for it from the book sites and so would rather include an excerpt on its inspiration from the Wikipedia page for the book: Nabokov adds that “the initial shiver of inspiration” for Lolita “was somehow prompted by a newspaper story about an ape in the Jardin des Plantes who, after months of … Continue reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Review: This was an interesting book that didn’t turn out to be at all what I expected. One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of … Continue reading The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Echo (Soul Seekers #2) by Alyson Noel

Review: I read and reviewed the first book of the Soul Seekers series here. I liked it enough to continue and look forward to the third book now that I’ve finished this one. There’s still so much Daire Santos has to learn about being the last Soul Seeker….and about herself. As her magical training becomes more intense, so does her relationship with Dace. But when … Continue reading Echo (Soul Seekers #2) by Alyson Noel