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…

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…

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…

Update

So, I haven’t posted in more than a week. Oops. I’ve got a good reason- I took the SAT last Saturday, and I spent all of the week before trying to prepare for it. It’s just that life kind of got in the way of posting reviews and other things, and I’m trying to start…

Strange Saturday Nights

Prompt from: https://thestoryshack.com/tools/writing-prompt Genre: fairy tale Person: a golfer Item: a machine gun Sentence to use: “Don’t trust everything you see.” Full title: Strange Saturday Nights Are Good For Sunday Morning Health I’m starting to wonder if I’m actually drunk. I didn’t think I was, considering I only had a sip from one of my…

TBR Tuesday: Nemesis, Brendan Reichs

It’s time for another TBR Tuesday! Today, it’s one that’s coming out pretty soon: Nemesis. Summary: Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series. It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in…

We’ve got some seriously awesome sunsets where I live. 

Folktale Friday: Empousai, Lamiae, and Mormo

Because I’m still struggling to come up with what to say in a review for The Night Ocean, it’s time for another Folktale Friday! Today, it’s the stories of the Empousai, Lamiae, and the lesser-known Mormo, all from Greek/Roman mythology. Empousai: Supposedly, the empousai were fearsome creatures, possibly the spawn of the goddess Hecate, who took…

Story Time!

So, on Valentine’s Day, I was at an elementary school with some of my classmates, teaching fifth graders introductory Spanish. They’re doing some kind of video project with a Spanish-speaking country, so we were asked to come and teach them a little. It was actually quite a bit more fun than I expected. The first kid…

Current Reads: The Hammer of Thor

It took me far too long to even start this book, and it’s taking me even longer to finish it. There really are a bunch of small reasons for this, but there’s really only one that’s making me reluctant to even pick it up in my spare time: I hate being preached to, and that’s…

TBR Tuesday: The Love Interest, Cale Dietrich

Today, I’ll talk about a book that I’m actually super excited about: The Love Interest, by Cale Dietrich. Summary: There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical…