REVIEW: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if you’d made different choices? Gone to a different college, made a different friend, worked a different job. Now, try thinking even smaller. How would your life be different if you’d gone left instead of right a hike in woods? Chosen a different route toContinue reading “REVIEW: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore”

ARC REVIEW: The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

The Wolf and the Woodsman is a perfect book for winter, a delicious blend of The Bear and the Nightingale and The Witcher . It follows a twenty-five year old “wolf-girl” named Évike, a motherless girl who lives within a matriarchal tribe of warriors, magicians, and seers. However, their way of live has been deemed “pagan” by the devoutContinue reading “ARC REVIEW: The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid”

Review: When The Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo

I could read a hundred of these gorgeous little novellas. When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain is a loose successor to Nghi Vo’s lovely novella Empress of Salt and Fortune. It picks up with our protagonist Chih continuing their travels as a monk of the Singing Hills, collecting and recording stories. The themes of this book, similarContinue reading “Review: When The Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo”

Review: (D) A Tale of Two Worlds by Michel Faber

(D): A Tale of Two Worlds was a delightfully weird, middle-grade portal fantasy in the tradition of Narnia and the The Phantom Tollbooth, but I couldn’t help wanting more from it than I got. It follows a young girl named Dhikilo, who was adopted from the country of Somaliand when she was a baby and relocated to theContinue reading “Review: (D) A Tale of Two Worlds by Michel Faber”

Review: The Betrayals by Bridget Collins

Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! Don’t get me wrong, I like puzzles. Some of my favorite books are ones that feel like unraveling a knot or solving a Rubix cube. But this book felt like a puzzle where you put the pieces together, inContinue reading “Review: The Betrayals by Bridget Collins”

Review: Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir

Thank you to NetGalley and Subterranean Press for the review copy! Tamsyn Muir has once again produced a work of snarky, fantastic delight. Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower bundles up a set of traditional fairy-tale tropes, lights them on fire, and cheerfully warms its hands over the blaze. When the embers burn down, youContinue reading “Review: Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir”

✩ 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”