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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

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Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Yes, I was always going to find another version of Beauty and the Beast to gush over, eventually. Here goes. The Story The Gentle Lord makes bargains with the mortals of Arcadia. Everyone knows that those bargains always come at a terrible price. Nyx's betrothal to the Gentle Lord was an outcome of one such… Continue reading Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

I obtained this book in my pre-Christmas scramble for any fairy tale retelling that wasn't checked out at the library. Entwined had the dubious honor of being the only one of a list of twenty that was available at the time. That's probably the only reason why I ended up reading this. I used to… Continue reading Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon