Book Review: “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune

I really, really wanted to love this book. You've got no idea how much it pains me to write those words. I loved this book. It's got everything I wanted - mysterious children (reminds me a little bit of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), unsatisfied office drone worker (Stardew Valley), and the "found family" … Continue reading Book Review: “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune

First Impression Friday: “The Once and Future Witches” by Alix E. Harrow

Why is it that library holds always come in all at once? I've been on the waiting list for the next five FIF posts for almost six months now, and of course they all came in at once. From GoodReads: In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Once and Future Witches” by Alix E. Harrow

Book Review: “The Conductors” by Nicole Glover

I was pleasantly surprised by The Conductors, because the synopsis made it sound like it could go either very good or very bad. I was also expecting this to be a one-off, but after I finished the book I got an ad for The Undertakers on Kindle, so I guess this is going to be … Continue reading Book Review: “The Conductors” by Nicole Glover

First Impression Friday: “The Conductors” by Nicole Glover

I recommended this to my library several months ago and they finally bought it, and I was first on the waiting list! From GoodReads: As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Conductors” by Nicole Glover

Book Review: “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik

My First Impression Friday musings were correct: our main character, El (short for Galadriel), is snappy and rude with everyone she comes across, because she holds a giant grudge against the rest of humanity for not helping her when she was young and she encountered her first "mal" - creatures that prey on those with … Continue reading Book Review: “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik

Book Review: “A Great & Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray

Gemma Doyle tries the patience of everyone around her. In the beginning of the novel, she's in India with her family. They're British, so there's a very specific set of rules they have when interacting with the "locals." (Oh, and they do fetishize the character of Indian descent in the novel as being "exotic," which is … Continue reading Book Review: “A Great & Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray

Book Review: “Magyk” by Angie Sage

I'm going to be the odd one out here and say that I prefer this series over Harry Potter. Please, put down your pitchforks. I love Harry Potter. That's why I can confidently say that I prefer this series. It's a little less well-known than JK Rowling's bespectacled wizard, and it takes place in a different time … Continue reading Book Review: “Magyk” by Angie Sage