Review: The Raven King

*NOTA BENE: This review has been truncated due to spoilers. You can read the entire review over on Goodreads. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 4 of 5 stars I am conflicted. I am conflicted because I adore The Raven Cycle. Its first installment, The Raven Boys was my introduction in the poetic […]

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Heartsong to the City

I cannot help but wonder if I love this city because, right now, it is not mine. I am a traveler and a wanderer, a stranger in a foreign land with no responsibilities or cares, because this is not my home. I would love it to be. I would love to be here, living in […]

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Pure Imagination

If you take the Tube down south past the river, changing onto the overland line and taking a bit of a small walk, you’ll end up in a district known as Brockley. I’d never been to this part of the city, and admittedly had to let the Citymapper app guide me like Dorothy down the […]

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Review: Warrior Witch

Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen My rating: 2 of 5 stars **Thank you so much to Angry Robot Books for providing me a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley for the purposes of review** I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed. As much as paranormal romance is not my genre, I was […]

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Dreaming Dials

It’s easy to see why London inspires so many writers, especially fantasy writers. It is an immortal city, where the old and new sit side-by-side in surprising comfort. Ruins of the Roman walls of Londinium can be found but a stone’s throw away from a 19th century pub and a 21st-century skyscraper. It truly is […]

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A Shattered Visage Lies

The sands brush across her face, soft and warm, granules coating her skin in a glittering layer of pale dust. A few paces before her, two great trunks of dark stone rise higher, higher towards the clear azure sky. Heat from the sun beats down hard, throwing harsh, glaring light onto the ruined, shattered visage […]

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Memory Glass

I land to rain. This isn’t all that surprising. After all, last time I was here, I joked that I didn’t see the sun for the entirety of my stay — which is almost true, though admittedly more fiction than fact. But it’s raining now, and not just the mists and drizzles that usually grace […]

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The Girl of Triggers and Thorns

Originally posted on backroomwhispering.com on April 8th, 2016. “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.” (The Fault in Our Stars) Recently, I started thinking back on my experience of first reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Nobody had told me that Elisa was “fat” or that body image and self-love played […]

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Cave of Mind

Nota bene: I am currently abroad in London, so while I’m here, I will be writing what is likely to become a series of posts that combine the experiential, the factual, and the fictional. There is a magic to traveling abroad, and my mind likes to make full-use of that magic. Please enjoy these quasi-fictional ramblings, as […]

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