Review: Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo My rating: 5 of 5 stars   WHEN YOU CAN’T BEAT THE ODDS, CHANGE THE GAME. In reviewing this novel’s predecessor Six of Crows, I made a point of saying that one of my favourite things about the world of Ketterdam and The Dregs was the pervasive darkness that seeped […]

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Gods Forbid We Talk About Sex

Every year, I make a point to re-read one of my favourite book series’ of all time: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Consisting of three novels (Northern Lights — entitled The Golden Compass in the US — The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), this series marketed for young readers and young adults is a brilliant literary reversal of […]

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Review: Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas My rating: 3 of 5 stars I hate to admit it, but I think I’m tired of this series. Had you asked me a couple of years ago, when I’d first started this, I’d have told you this series was great. It was fun, fast and action-packed, and […]

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Review: Ghost Talkers

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal My rating: 4 of 5 stars **A massive thank you to Tor Books for providing me a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley for the purposes of review** I’m a fan of Mary Robinette Kowal. I ate up her Glamourist Histories series like an addict, and upon finishing, […]

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Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch

CAVEAT EMPTOR: The following post will contain spoilers for specific incidents in HBO’s series, Game of Thrones, from Seasons 5-6. You have been warned. “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” (Exodus 22:18) Game of Thrones has now concluded its sixth season in what can only be described as “epic” fashion. And while I would […]

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One-Winged Trainwreck

“I hope that this project may lead to something, since we woke up something that was sleeping.” (Tetsuo Nomura on Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children) Full disclosure: I’m not a gamer. The extent of my electronic gaming can be summed up by The Sims 2, Kingdom Hearts I & II, Assassin’s Creed II, and scattered Gameboy […]

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Review: Nevernight

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff My rating: 5 of 5 stars Review to come…after I find the right words to express my sheer joy with this novel… Okay, deep breath…here we go… **A massive thank you to Thomas Dunne Books and St. Martin’s Press for providing me a digital ARC of this novel via Netgalley for […]

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Confectionary Fandemonium

As you may well be aware, Game of Thrones, HBO’s television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, returned to television for its sixth season on April 24th in what can probably be accurately described as one of the biggest television events of the year. People gather for viewing parties, […]

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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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