I’m a sucker for unique expressions of magic in fantasy novels. When I found out that Rowenna Miller’s novel Torn was the story of seamstress who sews enchantments into her bespoke garments, I knew I had to read it… especially when I saw the gorgeous cover design.
Let me level with you — I don’t really like the ocean. I’m a poor swimmer, and I don’t like to be in water where I can’t stand with my feet on the floor and my head above the water. And the ocean has a ridiculous amount of creepy looking creatures in it. Other people may be entranced by coral reefs and playful dolphins, and I’m thinking about those sea stars with the really long arms, and goblin sharks.
Those of us who read fiction set in either a historic period or a fantasy world inspired by history know that we’re getting a sanitized version of reality. For the most part, we don’t actually want to think about the reality of life before our currently level of food safety, medical science, and sanitation.
I love books. I’ve loved them for pretty much my entire life, and I don’t know what I’d do without them. That said, there’s no denying that sometimes, it can be hard to be a book lover. Here are a few problems you might have run across: -Moving. What a nightmare. You have to pack all your books. Then you have all these heavy boxes that no one has to carry. Then you have to figure out how to fit all of your bookcases into your new home, and then you have to unpack all the books, which takes five […]
One reason why I was excited to start writing for this blog was that I saw tea reviews alongside the book reviews. I love tea and books about equally (and they go so well together), so I knew this was the place for me. I also knew that it was the place to review Darjeeling, which had been on my TBR list for a while.
I’ll be perfectly honest, I put in a NetGalley request for Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories based solely on the cover. Oh, ok, maybe the comparison to Neil Gaiman helped, but mostly it was those beautiful dragonfly wings. Dreadful Young Ladies is a single-author short story collection featuring the work of Kelly Barnhill. All of the stories are of a fantastic nature, though a couple lean more literary despite the fantasy elements. The collection starts off strong with “Mrs. Sorenson and the Sasquatch.” I enjoyed the author’s voice and how the story was told through the eyes of outsiders, and […]
I’ve never one-clicked a book faster than when I found out about Robots vs Fairies. The only thing better than an anthology of stories trying to prove that either fairies or robots are the rightful masters of humanity is such an anthology that happens to feature work by some of your favorite authors and others you’ve had your eye on. I expected a delightful romp, and this book did not disappoint. It kicks things right off with an entertaining intro by editors Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. The first story, Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire, is sure to […]