The Demon World by Sally Green My rating: 3 of 5 stars After narrowly escaping the fall of Rossarb, Princess Catherine leads a rag-tag group of survivors into the barren wasteland of the Northern Plateau. With the Brigantine army snapping at their heels, Edyon and Ambrose become separated from the group, while demon hunter Tash … Continue reading ARC Review: The Demon World by Sally Green
The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang My rating: 5 of 5 stars In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her … Continue reading ARC Review: The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro My rating: 4 of 5 stars Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see … Continue reading ARC Review: Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 3 by Sorata Akizuki My rating: 4 of 5 stars A romantic retelling of a classic fairy tale about a beautiful herbalist and a lovestruck prince. Shirayuki is an herbalist famous for her naturally bright-red hair, and the prince of Tanbarun wants her all to himself! Unwilling to … Continue reading ARC Review: Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 3 by Sorata Akizuki
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 10 by Aka Akasaka My rating: 4 of 5 stars Two geniuses. Two brains. Two hearts. One battle. Who will confess their love first…?! Will Hayasaka prove to Kaguya that she can win Miyuki’s heart after all…while singing karaoke? Then the student council engages in some competitive cooking. Yu tries … Continue reading ARC Review: Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 10 by Aka Akasaka
I came across this tag on TheBookofJess; I don't listen to music that often these days but I thought it was still an interesting tag to do! Creators: Scribes & Archers and Of Rainy Days and Stardust Veins What is your favorite song? Imagine Dragons - Radioactive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvTqknDobU&list=RDMMam6rArVPip8&index=27 What song defines you as a person? Ludovico Einaudi … Continue reading The Marvellous Music Tag
A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create … Continue reading Review: A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7 by Koyoharu Gotouge My rating: 4 of 5 stars In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has … Continue reading ARC Review: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7 by Koyoharu Gotouge
I found this tag on Ruby's Books NOPE ENDING a book ending that made you go nope either in rage, or simply because it was crappy The ending of the Half Bad series. It has a bury-your-gays trope and I was PISSED! NOPE PROTAGONIST a main character you dislike and drives you crazy The protagonist … Continue reading The Nope! Book Tag
Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid My rating: 3 of 5 stars The summer after senior year is not going as eighteen-year-old Lu Charles expected: after her longtime boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her, Lu can’t write a single word, despite the fact that her college scholarship is tied to her columnist … Continue reading ARC Review: Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid
Being a Trans Non-Binary person, you can bet that I’ve run into a multitude of trans tropes that have gotten on my nerves. I wanted to make a post about them, and why they’re harmful, but then I got a better idea. Ask other trans readers.
Below you’ll find a list of trans tropes that trans readers have gotten tired of calling out, or are just tired of reading over and over.
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Inspiration for me on a reading slump!!
One of the questions that I have gotten a lot in the past couple of months, from people who follow me on bookstagram or twitter is primarily “How do you read so much/so quickly/Are you magic?” ( I lie, no one has even hinted at magic with me, which is kinda rude because really I might have some magic in me, but no).
I never really know what to say to people who say this, so I thought I would just do a blog post about how I read, and maybe that would help somebody out? Or really, if I get more questions like this I could just point them to this blog and that would work as an answer….yep, liking that idea already. 🙂
So the first thing you should know is that even though I’m not really competitive with other people, I am beyond competitive with myself. And…
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This post brings up the disturbing return of the alpha male trope in YA books, and how normalization of toxic love interests is unhealthy. Suffice to say, I won’t be reading/reviewing this, but in light of the fact that this book has high ratings on GR (4.07 stars as on 20 June 2017) I feel it would be enlightening to anyone hoping to read this book.
Author: Cora Carmack
Rating: 1/5 Stars
Eagle-eyed blog readers may note that the usual purchase links to online retailers is missing from this post. This was entirely intentional because I think every dollar that goes towards Roar is a dollar wasted. I went in expecting an entertaining fantasy, filled with storm magic and a princess discovering her destiny. While the book partially delivered on these expectations, it also came with a significant amount of toxic masculinity, two domineering and possessive love interests, a romance that perpetuates rape culture, and a woman of colour thrown under the bus to further the heroine’s own storyline.
I’ll get the lone positive out of the way first. The world building in Roar was compelling, set in a world haunted by tempestuous storms where gifted humans employ magic to control them. Since the internet has no shortage of glowing reviews…
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My first book was my collection of illustrated fairytales that I adored. Even today, fantasy, and especially fairytales retellings is my favorite genre.
There are certain things that happen when you become a reader, things that people maybe should have prepared you for, things that you won’t expect to happen just because you are reading a book.
See, it starts small, you get a recommendation from a friend, you get a coupon in the mail you decide that maybe you should check out whatever book they were talking about, because they won’t ever stop till you finally read it.
So you go to the store and find it. Surprisingly (especially if they are someone who knows books) you will have no problem finding it. And then you buy it, making some little joke about how it’s something your friend wants you to read, because you would never actually read something like this in real life.
Then you go home. Maybe you set the book down and forget it for a few days until…
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Why I hate the evil scientist trope in every goddamn sci-fi novel
I may be a book blogger by night, but by day I spend my time as a scientist, specifically a tumour immunologist. You may assume that due to my vocation, scientific inaccuracies in books would drive me crazy. Mostly, they don’t (Okay, sometimes they do, but within reason), but the one type of inaccuracy that I have thoroughly reached my tolerance level for is the portray of scientists as amoral, ethically bankrupt, animal-torturing jerkfaces.
You may think Why does it matter? It’s only fiction! or even, well yeah, scientists are amoral, ethically bankrupt, animal-torturing jerkfaces, but the problem is that it’s completely untrue, and this fictional view of scientists does shape peoples’ opinions of science and scientists in the real world.
Well, today, gentle book lovers, I’m going to tell you a little bit about what it’s like to actually be a scientist. And I can tell you, it’s very…
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