Posted 2 days ago

Because when I get mad, I write poetry

N.B. This is a poem I started a while back ago in my head and somewhat translated in fragments to paper. Most of it was regarding my frustration in general with how authors were treating reviewers as target practice/in unprofessional ways and also a measure which I told myself “If any author starts personally attacking me because of a critical review, I’m just going to post a poem response and…

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Posted 2 days ago

Soapbox Saturday: Yet Another Letter to Kathleen Hale

N.B. This open letter comes as a response (among many) to recent events surrounding the author Kathleen Hale, author of “No One Else Can Have You,”  a book published by James Frey’s publishing company Full Fathom Five.  The author had previously had polarizing opinions regarding her work in the past, but Hale’s obsession turned to one particular blogger, which then resulted in a situation that…

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Posted 1 week ago

Review: Apolonia by Jamie McGuire

Review: Apolonia by Jamie McGuire

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Pre-read reaction:Something tells me I’m going to regret this, but I seriously want to figure out how McGuire handles sci-fi. I didn’t try “Red Hill” because I love zombie novels too much and with the issues her past paranormal series have had with worldbuilding (i.e. Providence) plus with awkward or non-existent character motivations (Beautiful Disaster, Walking Disaster, etc.), I didn’t think…

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Posted 1 week ago

Review: The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

Review: The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

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Quick review for a quick read. I ended up reading this at the insistence of someone telling me that “The Song of Fireflies” makes a lot more sense after reading this second part to the “The Edge of Never.” While that’s true (and I ended up understanding more on why Cam and Andrew showed up in “Fireflies”), I don’t think this was worth the read, because it felt like a series of different…

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Posted 1 week ago

Review: Evernight (Darkest London #5) by Kristen Callihan

Review: Evernight (Darkest London #5) by Kristen Callihan

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Well, that certainly put the steam in “steampunk.”. In perhaps a different measure than I expected. *coughs*

I need to get my head out of that space before my mind goes to the gutter, but in sum – I liked this book, but not as much as previous entries in the series. I will start this review saying that I love Callihan’s writing and worldbuilding in this series. It draws me in so much that I find…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

Review: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

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This is probably the most difficult review I’ve had to write about a book in a while, because I’m very conflicted about what my sentiments are regarding the novel. This was well-written and intimate in terms of the narrative itself showing the thoughts and sentiments of the characters. I applaud Gudenkauf for taking an unflinching look at a series of tough subject matters that came together…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987

Review: The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987

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I think one of the gems of this particular compilation of greatest console video games is the fact it details some of the background creation and facts surrounding the games released in this span of ten years. I ended up learning much about games that were created somewhat before my generation (I was born in 1984, and while I was able to play some of the games in this list as a child, many of…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Sunday Night Playlist: [Review] Poets of the Fall - Jealous Gods

Sunday Night Playlist: [Review] Poets of the Fall – Jealous Gods

"Jealous Gods" is Poets of the Fall's sixth studio album.

This is the first music review I’ve done in ages, but I figure to ease myself back into my theme days on this blog, that I’d do a review for a new album from one of my favorite bands.  These guys seem to build on their momentum with every new release they have, and “Jealous Gods” has a variety of songs that aptly fit not only the name of the album, but further a strong thematic, lyricism, and…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Soapbox Saturday: An Open Letter to Jamie McGuire and Teresa Mummert

N.B.  This is involving an incident that’s covered on Jenny Trout’s blog in detail regarding the lawsuit against Dear Author/Jane Litte from a well known romance publisher, Ellora’s Cave.  The two authors mentioned: Jamie McGuire (author of Beautiful Disaster) and Teresa Mummert (author of White Trash Damaged) had some vague public social media messages that celebrated the lawsuit against Dear…

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Posted 1 month ago

Review: Be with Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn

Review: Be with Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn

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Initial reaction: Dude, I have some complaints about this. The audio reading is fine, but there are moments of cheese and underdevelopment. Review to come.

Full review:

Have you ever picked up a book where you appreciate the story being told for what it offers, but find you hate the way it’s told? That pretty much sums up my reaction to J. Lynn’s second book in the “Wait for You” series – “Be…

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