Review: Fantasy

Game of Thrones Season 7: The Best Season Yet in All Aspects…Except One

This will contain massive spoilers for all of season 7, as well as the books up to A Dance with Dragons. Last night concluded the penultimate season of the juggernaut show that is Game of Thrones. Even though I just made a post about this season, that was a post riddled with frustration. This time,… Continue reading Game of Thrones Season 7: The Best Season Yet in All Aspects…Except One

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Essays · Review: Fantasy

Adapting a Story vs an Idea: A Critique of Game of Thrones (Season 7)

Game of Thrones is a TV show adapted from George R. R. Martin's unfinished fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Game of Thrones is, without a doubt, the biggest show in the world. The books and show are full of rich character development and plots and intrigues so complex that it can be… Continue reading Adapting a Story vs an Idea: A Critique of Game of Thrones (Season 7)

Review: Fantasy · Review: Teen Fiction

Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This review will be largely spoiler-free, only discussing the premise and setting. Scarlett Dragna lives a miserable life under the thumb of her abusive father. Her only reprieves are her sister Tella and her hope that she will someday get to enjoy the renowned annual audience-participation game Caraval, if only the Grand Master Legend would… Continue reading Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn / The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights for young adults; The Rose and the Dagger, its sequel, is a fantasy political thriller that wraps up the story. I'm lumping the books together into one review because this felt less like two separate books in a series and more… Continue reading Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn / The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

I will say from the start that if you enjoyed the first movie in this franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, then I highly recommend this movie. Though this review will be as spoiler-free as possible, it will contain mentions of characters and events from early in the movie. I… Continue reading Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Review: Children's Fiction · Review: Fantasy

Book Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

At the San Francisco Writer's Conference 2017, I heard this book repeatedly recommended by the agent Mary C Moore whenever discussing middle grade fantasy. After the conference, I put it on my reading list. In the past, I had the opinion that the best books are children's books: an opinion that had faded of late.… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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Book Review: Beheld by Alex Flinn

I'm not sure if I'm growing into Alex Flinn with age, or if her books are developing into works that are more to my taste with time. Either way, I enjoyed this. It's my second favorite of her books, after Bewitched (but I also adored that book, so it would be hard to top). Beheld… Continue reading Book Review: Beheld by Alex Flinn