Category: Book Reviews
Heart of the Sun Warrior
I don’t want to reveal too many spoilers because if a book makes me cry, I refuse to jeopardize that experience for anyone else. So I hope this final thought will suffice: The Celestial Kingdom Duology will be taking pride of placement in the shelf reserved only for my favorite YA novels.
The Fifth Season
The Fifth Season is a fantasy novel set in the “Stillness” during a post-apocalyptic era. I hesitate to say “post” as it seems this “Father Earth” is always on the precipice of destruction.
Bloodchild and Other Stories
I have not come out of this book as a lover of science fiction but as an Octavia Butler fan. To say her mind is a field bursting with imagination and wonder is an understatement. While her stories are unique and experimental, their real-winning trait is how they pose moral/ethical dilemmas that get you thinking.
I truly feel this book would be far more enjoyable had it been more focused and intentional with its narrative choices. Less unnecessary description and more action.
Books of Blood
Clive Barker’s imagination & storytelling talent is truly unmatched. “Books of Blood: Volume I” is a collection of 6 short stories that explore several avenues of horror— from the grotesque, to the demonic, to death, immortality, and giants comprised of human bodies.
Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020
I admire Rushdie for his eloquence, his wit (seriously I laughed out loud so many times while reading this), his intelligence, and most of all for his unwavering advocacy for the truth— or what we believe is the truth according to our own individual realities. I will definitely be revisiting this collection, both for pleasure…
Ten Thousand Stitches
In “Ten Thousand Stitches,” we are introduced to Effie, a girl who’d give nearly anything to be seen by the man she loves— Benedict Ashbrooke. There’s only one problem. He’s a lord and she’s his housemaid.
When the Elephants Dance
I can’t say I “thoroughly enjoyed” this book, as it’s not a light read by any means– and can you truly enjoy a book about war? But I will say that the writing is beautiful, the characters memorable, the stories dear, and no matter how many more books I’ll read, I will always remember this…
The Ghost Bride
This is a great read for world-building and folklore but a mediocre read for the characterization and execution of the plot.
Time is A Mother
As expected, Time is a Mother is a deeply moving, poignant work of art that depicts grief and a striking mix of internal violence and chaos (or at least that’s what I was getting).