Trans Tropes That Have Got to Go (as Told by Trans Readers)

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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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[Reblogged] I somehow read 150 books, and the year is only half over…

Inspiration for me on a reading slump!!

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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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[Reblogged] Book Review: Roar

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.

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Title: Roar

Author: Cora Carmack

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Series? Yes


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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steps for how you become a “READER”

My first book was my collection of illustrated fairytales that I adored. Even today, fantasy, and especially fairytales retellings is my favorite genre.

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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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The evil scientist trope, why it’s doing real world damage to scientists, and why authors need to stop.

Why I hate the evil scientist trope in every goddamn sci-fi novel

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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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Books that travel: Soundless enveloped by Sound

This is a new feature I am trying out, where I take my books places to see. As an introvert, reading is a mostly indoor activity for me. But sometimes those books need to see sunshine and beautiful places, so I will try to take some good ones to some beautiful places. And Japan is … Continue reading Books that travel: Soundless enveloped by Sound

Books that travel: The Young Elites in Tokyo

Let me start off by saying that I have a love-hate relationship with travel. I love to explore new places, or even revisit for nostalgia, but I hate getting out of the house when I could be reading and resting. Traveling alone is a bit of a challenge for a social introvert like me. But … Continue reading Books that travel: The Young Elites in Tokyo

Cordelia, Lucie and Matthew drive in a carriage in new ‘The Last Hours’ snippet

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TLH spring newIt’s been a while since Cassandra Clare has shared a snippet from her second new trilogy, The Last Hours, but today she took to her tumblr to publish a snippet that features the parabatai pair Lucie and Cordelia as well as Matthew:

Cordelia clutched Lucie’s hand as they jolted through the streets in the Carstairs’ carriage, surrounded by the blurred traffic of omnibuses, motorcars, and pedestrians. Advertisements whirled past. THE HORSESHOE HOTEL. THREE GUINEA STOUT. NEW PALACE STEAMERS. Signs advertising tailors and fishmongers, hair tonic and cheap printing.

Matthew, sitting across from them on the upholstered carriage seat, was muttering and swearing to himself, his hair sticking out madly.

“Hidebound,” he muttered. “Weasels.”

“What?” said Lucie.

“I think he said hidebound weasels,” said Cordelia. “But who do you mean, Matthew? Are you angry at us?”

Matthew flung himself sideways so his long legs were pulled up on the bench…

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New Featurette: ‘Shadowhunters’ Glossary, Volume 1

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SHADOWHUNTERS - ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray and Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland. (ABC Family/Bob D'Amico)

While fans of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles are already well-versed in all of the terminology associated with her world, there are new fans joining the fandom every day, so Freeform thought they’d help these new fans brush up on some of the most important words to know in the Shadow World.

Strap in for “A Mundane’s Guide to Shadowhunters, Volume 1,” where the cast and Cassie discuss the terms “Shadowhunter,” “Rune,” “Stele,” and “Warlock.”

Shadowhunters premieres Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

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New ‘Shadowhunters’ Promotional Images

oh, January 12 seems so far!!

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SHADOWHUNTERS - ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" stars Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis and Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood. (ABC Family/Bob D'Amico)

ABC Family/Freeform has released some more promotional photos for Shadowhunters, which include a couple of previous, now untagged photos featuring the entire main cast. There are also some new promotional shots of Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood.

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

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Simon has to say goodbye in new ‘Angels Twice Descending’ snippet

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Angels Twice Descending

Yesterday Cassandra Clare treated her fans to a snippet from her and Robin Wasserman’s final Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy short story, Angels Twice Descending. This ebook focuses on the last step of Simon’s education at Shadowhunter Academy: his Ascension. Unfortunately, there are some downsides to being a mundane-turned-Shadowhunter and this is addressed in the new snippet:

Simon stood on the sidewalk, staring up at his mother’s brownstone, his stomach churning. Traveling by way of Portal always made him feel a bit like puking up his lower intestine, but this time, he didn’t think he could blame the inter-dimensional magic. Not entirely, at least.
“You sure this is a good idea?” he said. “It’s late.”
“It’s eleven pm, Simon,” Clary said. “You know she’s still awake. And even if she’s not, you know—”
“I know.” His mother would want to see him. So would his sister who, according to…

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Pantomime & Shadowplay are Available for Pre-order & All Vestigial Tales are Free for 5 Days

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Pantomime & Shadowplay

Yaay! After 10 months, Pantomime & Shadowplay are now back up for pre-order for the e-re-release (is that a word?) on December 3rd, 2015. The books also now have new, official blurbs. Some of the pre-order links are still percolating through the various systems, hence the slew of (TBAs).

Pantomime is only £2.99 on ebook on Amazon at the moment! Pre-orders would be very, very appreciated. You should be able to purchase them in any country. Strong ebook sales would mean bigger print paperback runs, more bookstore presence, and the hope of Micah Grey finding more readers. Thank you. 🙂


In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once more.

Gene’s life resembles a debutante’s dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Akin to magical beings from an almost-forgotten age, Gene is both male and female. Life…

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Read a sneak peek chapter sampler from ‘Lady Midnight’

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Lady Midnight headerCassandra Clare’s first book in her new The Dark Artifices trilogy, Lady Midnight, will not be released for another 137 days, but Simon & Schuster Australia kindly made one chapter available for all the Shadowhunters that haven’t managed to read the chapter sampler that was given to fans at several events over the last couple of months.

Read Highborn Kinsmen here.

By the Angel, what an ending! We need Lady Midnight like now!

Here is one official synopsis from Cassie’s website:

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other — but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, one in a long line of Shadowhunters tasked with protecting the world from demons. With her

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A warlock baby is found in new ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’ snippet

Aww…Malec babysitting!

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Malec Baby by Art by MagnusRayne on deviantart

We only have two installments of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy left before the series is over and yesterday Cassandra Clare took to her tumblr to share another snippet from Born to Endless Night (aka the story with the Malec baby):

The fist was blue, the rich navy of the sea when it was deep and you were on a boat as evening fell. The blue of Captain America’s suit.

“It’s a baby,” Beatriz breathed. “It’s a warlock baby.”

Here’s a synopsis for the 8th installment:

Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!

Click here for the other snippets and have a look at this short one

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James Herondale accidentally uses his power in new ‘The Last Hours’ snippet

I’m certainly intrigued

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image Art by Cassandra Jean

We’ve already come across James Herondale’s unusual power and his strong friendship with Matthew Fairchild in The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy respectively and now we can add The Last Hours to the list. Cassandra Clare took to her tumblr to share the following snippet:

James cried out. Lightning seemed to fork behind his vision, and suddenly he was back in Regent’s Park, kneeling on the grass. There was a firm grip on his shoulders. “Jamie, Jamie, Jamie,” said an urgent voice, and James — his breath tearing in and out of his chest — tried to focus on what was in front of him.


Everything was blurred in that moment but Matthew’s face, his green eyes wide and dark and steady. Behind him moved other figures; they seemed in that moment like the shapes James had been finding in the clouds…

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