✩ Emma’s Bookshelf: COMFORT FOOD ✩

These are books that feel like a hug from a friend, a hot cup of tea against your belly, cozying up in your bed after a long day. They remind you that magic exists in the miraculous but also the mundane: golden light on green leaves, the sound of the ocean, picking flowers and exploringContinue reading “✩ Emma’s Bookshelf: COMFORT FOOD ✩”

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan Review

A great follow up to the Lost Hero, not to mention the return of PERCY! It was fun being introduced to the new cast of characters in the first segment of Heroes of Olympus, but it was also a breath of fresh air to return to the fondly familiar snark of Percy Jackson. I wasContinue reading “The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan Review”

Of Dragons, Feasts, and Murders by Aliette de Bodard Review

4.5/5 Stars Of Dragons, Feasts, and Murders was a brilliant little novella. Despite technically being part of a larger series, it functioned very well as a standalone, touching on concepts from the previous novels while also providing a plot that stood independently. The story follows our protagonist, the Vietnamese dragon prince Thuan and his prickly,Continue reading “Of Dragons, Feasts, and Murders by Aliette de Bodard Review”

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman Review

“I feel called,’ said Tess, feeling it again, groping around for words to clothe it in. “To walk into the world, to see what’s needed, and do it. To uncurl myself and respond.” “Sometimes you can’t fix what you broke. Sometimes you just have to live with it.” The first comparison that popped into myContinue reading “Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman Review”

Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma Review

Others have said it better, but this probably is not objectively a bad book. It was just a bad book for me to read. Things I hate in novels (a brief non-encompassing list): animal death, women treated poorly, children being abused, endings that feel sudden and unfinished. Things this novella contained: all of the above.Continue reading “Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma Review”

All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Oh, I wanted to like this book more than I did. All of Steifvater’s non-Raven Cycle books end up falling into a rut for me, simply because while her style of writing lends itself very well to the type of story and atmosphere she’s building in Henrietta, it feels a little overdone elsewhere. Also, IContinue reading “All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater Review”

These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy Review

These Feathered Flames was a richly imagined, character intensive novel that fell somewhat short of my expectations. If there existed a spectrum for books where on the right was “plot-driven” and on the left was “character-driven”, this book would lean VERY heavily to the left, and I’m not sure if that’s quite my personal preference.Continue reading “These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy Review”