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Untranslated: Stepfather Step by Miyuki Miyabe

Stepfather Step happens to be my favorite book by Miyuki Miyabe. It also happens to be one of her books that was never translated into English. Summary A professional thief crashes into the lives of two middle schoolers—literally—when a heist goes improbably wrong. These middle schoolers are twin boys with a crisis of their own,… Continue reading Untranslated: Stepfather Step by Miyuki Miyabe

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Review: Fantasy · Review: Teen Fiction

These Lies That Live Between Us by Kai Raine

Three sisters: the heir, the airhead and the dead. Parting in anger, each attempts to confront the looming threat of invaders practicing forbidden magic in her own way. However, they soon learn that history is not so simple—much like their bond to one another. This is the start of a fantasy epic about family, adventure,… Continue reading These Lies That Live Between Us by Kai Raine

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TV Show Review: Violetta Season 1

I have a soft spot for music-themed stories. No matter how cringe-worthy the general public deems a movie or a show, if it's music based, I will probably watch it. So it shouldn't come as any surprise that in addition to the traditional musical fare, I've seen not only the likes of Once and Begin… Continue reading TV Show Review: Violetta Season 1

Review: Memoir

Book Review: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

I attended the 2017 San Francisco Writer's Conference in February, and kept on hearing praise of Angela's Ashes. I vaguely remembered the title as something my mother used to own. I remembered it being a large-ish book that would throw off my attempts to alphabetize the biography section of my parents' home "library". Later, on… Continue reading Book Review: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

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Book Review: East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Carole Bellacera

This is one of the most unconventional and brilliant ways of retelling a fairy tale that I've ever seen. I feel the need to preface my summary with this statement, because I know that the summary alone will alienate some people—I would have been one of those people, had I not had a passion for… Continue reading Book Review: East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Carole Bellacera

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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