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This Savage Song-Victoria Schwab

By Courtenay 3/5 “Good and bad were weak words. Monsters did not care about intentions or ideals.”   “He could be the monster if that kept others human.” This Savage Song is set in a world where monsters are created... Continue Reading →

The Summer Prince-Alaya Dawn Johnson

By Paola 2.5/5 The best way I can sum up this book is futuristic, Solarpunk Dystopian Brazil with a dash of Scott Westfield’s Uglies and Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games. Set in the fictional pyramid city of Palmares Tres, it... Continue Reading →

The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern

By Courtenay 5/5 " 'It is difficult to see a situation for what it is when you are in the midst of it," Tsukiko says. "It is too familiar. Too comfortable.’ " The Night Circus is a speculative fiction novel... Continue Reading →

Reading Riyria- Theft of Swords

By Paola 4/5 As I said in a previous review, I started reading the Riyria series in the chronological order, not the publication order, which the author, Michael Sullivan, recommends. Which means going into Theft of Swords, I had an... Continue Reading →

Female Agency and Shadow and Bone

By Paola Warning: May contain Spoilers When people talk about strong female characters in literature, the term “agency” is often used, so I thought I would talk about what this means. In fiction, the term refers to: “the ability for a person, or agent, to act for herself or himself. A person who is not allowed to act for her/himself is lacking in agency, or is said to have been denied agency.” Often, female... Continue Reading →

A Darker Shade of Magic- V.E Schwab

By Courtenay 3.5/5 In anticipation of A Conjuring of Light, the concluding installment of the Shades of Magic Trilogy, released on Feb. 22. I decided to re-read the first two books in the series. To start this off, I really... Continue Reading →

Discussion: If I was Your Girl-Meredith Russo

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her... Continue Reading →

The Way of Kings- Brandon Sanderson

By Courtenay 4.5/5 “We remember the good times and the bad ones, forgetting that most times are neither good nor bad. They just are.” It’s hard to find a prolific writer in the fantasy genre who is consistently putting out... Continue Reading →

It Begins in a Garden-Sarah N.B.

By Paola 4/5 Sarah N.B., better known by her tumblr username notbecauseofvictories, has been one of my favorite online writers for over 3 years. It Begins in A Garden is an anthology of some of her work that’s been previously... Continue Reading →

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