Troublesome Thursday: The Thing About Fantasy Worlds

It’s been a while, but it’s time for another Troublesome Thursday! Today, I want to talk about fantasy worlds and worldbuilding- fantasy racism and slavery in particular. All too often, especially nowadays, I see people condemning books for having some…unsavory parts in that fictional history (or even there in the story), whether it is that the…

Anime Review: Devilman Crybaby

In January 2018, Netflix released Devilman Crybaby, a full adaptation of Go Nagai’s apparently scandalous manga (will confirm when I read it). Now, I checked out the summary, looked at the rating (TV-MA), and very promptly went to go find a content warning, because gore is not my thing and I’m just really squeamish. So here’s…

A Short Reflection on 2017

Hello, all! Well, in just a few hours (for me), it’ll be the new year. It’s been almost a full year since I started this blog, and I have to say, it’s been one of the true highlights of this year. 2017 has been an…eventful year. From starting this, to my sister’s wedding, to all of…

NaNoWriMo 2017

So I attempted NaNoWriMo this year. It was difficult, to be quite honest. I did an idea that I’d had about a year or so ago (in gym class of all places), but I didn’t have any sort of clear plot, or even all the characters I wanted to put in. Half of them appeared…

Book Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti My rating: 3 of 5 stars Summary: A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to…

Book Review: Hex, Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt My rating: 3 of 5 stars Summary: Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks…

Book Review: More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera My rating: 4 of 5 stars Summary: In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like….

Book Review: Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys My rating: 3 of 5 stars Summary: Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war. As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying…

Manga Review: Shinkuu Yuusetsu, Bikke

真空融接 上 [Shinkuu Yuusetsu 1] by Bikke My rating: 3 of 5 stars Summary: In this country, every person has to be matched up with a partner. Partnerships are made around when you turn three or four. The doctors decide who gets paired together. One person acts as the ‘supplier.’ The other as the ‘receiver.’ It…

Troublesome Thursdays: Reawakened, Colleen Houck

I’m only about halfway through this now, but boy do I have the biggest rant prepared so far. Somehow, this book has managed to have a worse protagonist than the author’s Tiger’s Curse series, has been more racist than said series, and yet is somehow also twice as hilarious. In any case, I can tell right now that this book…

Manhwa/Webtoon Review: ShootAround, Suspu

Summary: When a zombie apocalypse hits during the practice of a high school basketball team, it’s a whole new life for the coach, Jeff. The world’s turned upside down and the girls seem to be handling the changes way better than Jeff, who has troubles adjusting. A close-knit group of friends, the girls are eager to…