Review: The Majesties

The Majesties

When your sister murders three hundred people, you can’t help but wonder why—especially if you were one of the intended victims—though I do forgive her, if you can believe it. I tried my best to deny the strength of family ties when everyone was still alive, but now I realize the truth of the cliché: Blood does run thick. Even if poison trumps all.

This opening line of The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao is absolutely devastating. The book starts off by informing readers that our narrator, Gwendolyn, is the only survivor of a mass murder committed by her very own sister. Ready for some twists and turns?

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Review: Silver in the Wood

Silver in the Wood

“He knew it the same way the woodsman knew it, because he knew trees: but he also knew it with the knowledge of the Wild Man of Greenhollow, who felt every slow green beat of the forest’s heart.”

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh is the perfect woodland dream, filled with fae, old magic, forest folk, and love and sacrifice. It’s another wonderful novella from Tor Dot Com, and if you’re in the mood for a quick yet fully-immersive fantasy, get your hands on this book.

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Review: The Spinner of Dreams

The Spinner of Dreams

“Never be sorry for showing the world who you are or who you wish to become. These struggles have brought you exactly where you need to be.”

If you’re looking for a book to escape in to, one full of magic and adventure and ancient stories, then stop what you’re doing right now and go get a copy of The Spinner of Dreams by K. A. Reynolds. This middle grade fantasy was perfect, and gave my imagination a much-needed work out.

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Review: Take It Back

Take It Back

“What they will lose are concrete things: a place in college, maybe a future job. What I have lost can’t be seen. I’ve lost my courage, my confidence, my belief that I can have a good life.”

I finished reading Take It Back by Kia Abdullah this past weekend, and have been trying to gather my thoughts on the story. This book destroyed me though, and I’m still not sure what to do with myself!

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Review: The Arrangement

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

“Welcome to the sugar bowl.”

While this might sound like a sweet-tooth’s dream, it’s actually something quite different. In Robyn Harding’s newest domestic thriller, The Arrangement, readers meet Natalie and Gabe, a couple involved in a sugar-baby/sugar-daddy relationship.

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Books With Friends: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory

Books With Friends

In this edition of Books with Friends, I chatted with Natasha from Natasha Devine Photography about Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory, by Caitlin Doughty. I’d seen a couple photos of this book before, but never really gave it much thought. After hearing Natasha talk about it though, I’m hoping I find time to read it for myself one day!

Death has always been a scary topic for me, and I’ve been trying to come to terms with it more because, well, it’s inevitable. One of my uncles is also a funeral director, and my Dad works part-time with him now too, so the funerary business isn’t exactly foreign to me. However, I still found some of these topics to be new and weirdly interesting, and hope you do too.

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