Author Thank You: Jennifer Niven

“The thing is, there are good days and bad days. I feel almost guilty saying they aren’t all bad.” Dear Jennifer Niven, We’ve actually met once, back in 2015 at NoVa Teen Book Fest — I had an ARC of All The Bright Places with a billion little blue and green post-it flags sticking out […]

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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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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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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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Fear the Darkling

“Fine, make me your villain.” (Shadow and Bone, 341) Alright, I’ve got a bit of a confession to make: I don’t exactly hate the bad boy trope. I’m as guilty as the next person of finding the bad boy in literature interesting and, even at times, a wee bit irresistible. He could be a protagonist, […]

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