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Caraval (Stephanie Garber) 3-6

By Paola Spoiler Warning for both Caraval and the Six of Crows duology here! We start with the story of Del Ojos Beach, where Scarlett has set up this meeting, and how Scarlett was told as a kid that it... Continue Reading →

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Caraval (Stephanie Garber): 1-3

By Paola In the grand tradition of my icons Snarktheater and Readingwithavengence, this is the start of a book snark! For those not in the know, this is where I come to make fun of critique books in a more... Continue Reading →

Sorcerer to the Crown-Zen Cho

By Paola 3/5 First of all, I just want to make sure that everyone understands that while this book has a similar style to the regency/Austen style found in Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, and a somewhat similar... Continue Reading →

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 →

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