Last year, I read Babel, and it was one of the best books I’d ever read. I was overwhelmed by the book, the level of detail, just how much was in it. It was truly a masterpiece, in my personal opinion, so when I heard that the author, R.F. Kuang herself, would be in Boston to talk about her newest novel, Yellowface, I knew I had to attend!Continue reading “R.F. Kuang at the Harvard Bookstore”
Review: Lei and the Fire Goddess
Anna Leilani wishes she could be like every other sixth grader. She wishes she could sit with the cool kids, like her former best friend has started to do. She wishes she didn’t have to sit by the trash cans every day for lunch. And she especially wishes that she could spend a month in Hawaii doing actual tourist stuff instead of spending the whole month with her grandmother, trying to learn her family’s stories. What do these stories matter, anyway? She can always Google them later, right? They’re not real. But at least Anna will have her Hawaiian best friend, Kaipo, there with her.
In an attempt to prove that the stories aren’t real and don’t matter, Anna picks a flower belonging to none other than Pele, the fire goddess. Now, Kaipo has been kidnapped by the goddess, and lava is slowly trickling down the volcano to destroy her grandmother’s home. It’s up to Anna to make things right, and learn to use the stories she doesn’t believe in to formulate a plan to save everyone.
I received an advanced reading copy of Lei and the Fire Goddess in exchange for an honest review.Continue reading “Review: Lei and the Fire Goddess”
An Interview with Malia Maunakea, Author of Lei and the Fire Goddess
You guys, I just had an amazing opportunity. I got to talk to Malia Maunakea and ask her a few questions about her newest book, about her writing career, and a few other things. Read on to find out what inspired her to write, what strange things she keeps on her desk, and more!Continue reading “An Interview with Malia Maunakea, Author of Lei and the Fire Goddess”
Review: Scavenge the Stars
Amaya has spent the last seven years of her life on a ship, worked to the bone, gutting fish to pay off her father’s debts in Moray. But finally, freedom is so close she can almost taste it. That is all put in danger, however, when she rescues a drowning man from the middle of the ocean. Escaping with him, he offers her a deal: the chance to make her enemies pay, as long as she restores his own name in the process. Amaya has nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
Cayo Mercado is the son of one of the richest merchants in Moray, but he’s working hard to deserve that title. After losing half his fortune gambling, and discovering that his sister has a frightening disease, he has a lot to make up for. Now, all his family’s hopes are pinned on him, and he has to wonder whether he will buckle under the pressure.
As their destinies intertwine, Amaya and Cayo will discover just how much darkness the shadows of Moray hold, and how few people one can really trust.Continue reading “Review: Scavenge the Stars”
Review: Crown of Coral and Pearl
Nor and Zadie are twins, identical except for the scar on Nor’s cheek. While they’re both equally beautiful, the scar on Nor’s cheek ruins her chances of being chosen from among the other Varenian girls to marry the Ilarian prince. Every generation, one girl is chosen to become a part of Ilarian royalty, and escape the difficult life in Varenia, where they are forced to dive ever deeper for pearls as their supply slowly dwindles.
When Zadie gets chosen among all the other girls, both she and Nor are disappointed. Zadie because she’s never really wanted to leave home, and Nor because all she’s ever done is dreamed of seeing something new outside their small village. Everything changes when Zadie is badly injured and scarred, and no longer the perfect choice for the prince. Nor is called to step in, and she does so gladly. But when she arrives in Ilara, it’s not what she’d dreamed. The forbidding castle is deep in the mountain, in the cold and dark, and the prince she’s supposed to marry seems to match. Nor is determined to make the best of a bad situation, and make it so that back home, the risk of starvation is no longer possible. But how will she do it when the world she’s stepped into seems determined to break her down?Continue reading “Review: Crown of Coral and Pearl”
TV Series Review: Daisy Jones & The Six
I happened to get Daisy Jones & The Six in a holiday gift exchange, and I was so excited to see that there was actually an adaptation coming out on Amazon. Sometimes you just get lucky!Continue reading “TV Series Review: Daisy Jones & The Six”
Review: The Hazel Wood
Alice and her mother, Ella, have been running for a long time. Running from the mysterious bad luck that seems to follow them everywhere they go, running from every mention of the famous author grandmother Ella refuses to ever talk about, running from the world. But when they receive a message that the famous Anthea Proserpine, Alice’s grandmother, is dead, they feel like they can finally relax. They settle in New York, Ella marrying a wealthy man, Alice trying to live a normal life when she’s never felt like a regular person. But when Ella goes missing, taken by mysterious strangers, and Alice starts spotting characters from her grandmother’s infamous book of fairy tales walking on the streets, her world is turned upside down. The only place to go to for answers is the Hazel Wood, Anthea’s manor. Only problem is, how does one find a manor that seems to exist on the seam between two worlds?Continue reading “Review: The Hazel Wood”
Review: Chosen Ones
Sloane is tired. Ten years ago, she and her friends were picked out from among all the other kids in North America and told that they were a potential “Chosen One,” meant to destroy the Dark One and save their world from extinction. She and her friends did that, and since then, they’ve been dealing with the consequences, the trauma. Sloane still has to remind herself that she’s in the present, and not captured by the Dark One. She has to remind herself that the torture, the pain, all her experiences are in the past. But they continue to haunt her to this day.
But when more than memories begin to haunt her, Sloane begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Their world is changing, and the Dark One might not be as dead as they thought he was.Continue reading “Review: Chosen Ones”
Review: Some Faraway Place
Rose is not like the rest of her family. They’re all Atypical, able to do things such as moving things without touching them or reading people’s minds. Rose, however, is typical. Or so she thinks. But when she starts having dreams, her family learns that she’s a Dreamdiver, able to walk into people’s dreams, whether they’re awake or asleep. Unfortunately this come about at the worst time, right when Rose meets a young woman named Emily. Now, Rose is dealing with more complications to her life, and the dream world is so tempting to fall into. Is it possible for her to stay there forever?Continue reading “Review: Some Faraway Place”
April 2023 Book Haul!
Another month gone, and April started out fairly chilly over here before devolving into showers. April showers bring May flowers, though, right? Although, it’s May now and it’s still raining. Whatever flowers we get will hopefully be great ones, considering all this rain.Continue reading “April 2023 Book Haul!”