The Genius of Madeline Miller and “The Song of Achilles”

I’m thrilled to be guest-blogging for Ristra Reads and Recs, and especially to discuss the works of one of my favorite authors – Madeline Miller! I read both The Song of Achilles and Circe at the end of last year, and I am still astounded by the beauty Miller has managed to create.  Once JacquelineContinue reading “The Genius of Madeline Miller and “The Song of Achilles””

Welcome to Madeline Miller Week!

I’m so excited to be hosting my first ever bookish event! I’m also a little nervous. The love and feedback I’ve gotten from the online bookish community has already been great. Let’s be honest, though, putting on a social media event can be scary. The thoughts in the back of my mind have been “isContinue reading “Welcome to Madeline Miller Week!”

Review of “Empire of Sand” by Tasha Suri

Do you ever pick up a book in a bookstore, and just know that you’re going to love it? And then, some of the time, because that feeling secretly came just from liking the cover, you are horribly wrong. But on that rare, beautiful occasion, you and a book really do connect, and before youContinue reading “Review of “Empire of Sand” by Tasha Suri”

Review of “The Empire of Gold” by S. A. Chakraborty

This review contains spoilers for The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper.  It has been such a delight to revisit S. A. Chakraborty’s Daevabad trilogy and review it for the blog! I am sad to be sharing the third and final review, because it means saying goodbye to the series again, at leastContinue reading “Review of “The Empire of Gold” by S. A. Chakraborty”

Review of “The Kingdom of Copper” by S. A. Chakraborty

*This review contains spoilers for The City of Brass* As I started writing this review, I was struck with the same thought I had the first time I read The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty, which is that it must be hard to write the second book in a trilogy. The second bookContinue reading “Review of “The Kingdom of Copper” by S. A. Chakraborty”

Review of “The City of Brass” by S. A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty is the first book in the Daevabad trilogy, which is one of my favorite series of all time. After my initial read through of the book, I told everyone I know about it. I wish I was joking. Seriously, even my bosses, who are 70 something year oldContinue reading “Review of “The City of Brass” by S. A. Chakraborty”

Review of “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic is not my usual cup of tea in the sense that I don’t usually read books that are overt horror novels. I was so caught up in the fact that Silvia Moreno-Garcia was releasing another book, that it took me a while to process that it was actually going to be scary. IContinue reading “Review of “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia”

Review of “The Poppy War” by R.F. Kuang

CW for the book: Descriptions of intense violence, rape, and war crimes  The Poppy War is, in a word, brilliant. It absolutely blows my mind that R.F. Kuang wrote it when she was so young, and that it is her debut novel. The depth of the book is amazing. The writing is fantastic. For allContinue reading “Review of “The Poppy War” by R.F. Kuang”

Review of “We Hunt the Flame” by Hafsah Faizal

Welcome to my rant on why We Hunt the Flame is so very good and why everyone should read it! This blog will now be a part time Hafsah Faizal fan page (not really, but also really).  The premise of this book is that seventeen-year-old Zafira is the only person who’s willing to enter theContinue reading “Review of “We Hunt the Flame” by Hafsah Faizal”

Review of “The Tethered Mage” by Melissa Caruso

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso is a great test of how I judge books. It proved to me that a book can have good writing, interesting worldbuilding, and a well-paced plot, but if the characters are flat, then the whole story falls flat for me.  The premise of the book is that The RaverranContinue reading “Review of “The Tethered Mage” by Melissa Caruso”