Book Review: Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

I had such mixed feelings about “Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xochitl Gonzalez. On the one hand, it’s a beautifully written book, with simply gorgeously crafted sentences, an interesting protagonist, and important insights into the Puerto Rican independence movement as well as the immigrant experience. On the other hand, I felt as if the plot wasContinue reading “Book Review: Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez”

Book Review: Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee

Wow. The thrilling conclusion to the miraculous Green Bone Saga left me breathless till the very end, not wanting it to end and to find myself torn asunder from this incredible universe. Typically I am wary of fantasy series and have a bit of a stigma about trilogies; so often they are publishing’s way toContinue reading “Book Review: Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee”

Book Review: Mouth Full of Ashes by Briana Morgan

My Kindle became well-used during the pandemic, which finally made me get over my stigma about e-books. But then I found myself missing the tactile sensation of holding a book in your hands and flipping through the pages, so I’ve bought more paperbacks and patronized the library more often lately. There is just something aboutContinue reading “Book Review: Mouth Full of Ashes by Briana Morgan”

Book Review: A Spindle Splintered by Alix Harrow

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about this story. I was sold by a feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but when I started reading I realized how heavily influenced by Disney versions of fairy tales and the Spider-verse this was and I started thinking it was too Millennial for me. Yes, I amContinue reading “Book Review: A Spindle Splintered by Alix Harrow”

Book Review: Jade War by Fonda Lee

Often fantasy trilogies disappoint me. I find publishers want authors to write trilogies for the money, so authors think they need to write trilogies. They had a great idea for a solo book, but then the idea loses its legs and it wanes its brightness in the second and third book, like the author wasContinue reading “Book Review: Jade War by Fonda Lee”

Graphic Novel Review: Radiant Black Vol. 1 from Image Comics

I had to snap a picture of my copy of “Radiant Black,” published by Image Comics, because this cover art is exactly what I love about comics. For this comic exclusive variant covers were created for local comic book shops. This was the cover created for my local comic book shop, Things From Another World.Continue reading “Graphic Novel Review: Radiant Black Vol. 1 from Image Comics”

Book Review: The Orchid and The Lion by Gabriel Hargrave

Since writing more of my own fiction, I find it difficult to read for pleasure anymore. I’m constantly analyzing books like a writer, studying their literary qualities and what I can learn from them for my own writing, and I’m often hyper-critical. As a result it is rare these days for me to fall headContinue reading “Book Review: The Orchid and The Lion by Gabriel Hargrave”

Book Review: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

I really enjoyed “The Bone Shard Daughter” by Andrea Stewart. It drew me in with an intriguing, logic-based magic system, flawed but compelling characters, and a deeply literary style.  I don’t know what makes fiction literary versus any other genre per se, but it is something about an emphasis on character development, interiority of aContinue reading “Book Review: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart”

Book Review: Jade City by Fonda Lee

I had a bit of review fatigue so I haven’t written a book review in awhile, but for my first one back I’m tackling “Jade City” by Fonda Lee, the first book in the Green Bone trilogy. I’m also working on simplifying my reviews so they will be less intimidating to write.  This book wasContinue reading “Book Review: Jade City by Fonda Lee”