Book Reviews

I Freakin’ Loved Lydia, Which was a Surprise

I’m generally not a huge fan of books that take a beloved piece of literature and say, “Oh, but what if the story was told from THIS character’s perspective??” because I live in fear of being told, “The characters you thought you loved are secretly awful! See them for what they are! Repent in dust […]

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

How can anyone resist a title like Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality (Elizabeth Eulberg)? I love these long, wordy titles that promise all kinds of mischief and mayhem. Also, speaking as someone with a great personality and zero pageant crowns (though, in fairness, I’ve never been in a pageant), all it took was a […]

Let’s Talk About Love Was a Big Bag O’ Disappointment

t’s Pride Month, and I’ve wanted to read Claire Kann’s Let’s Talk About Love since the moment I heard about it. It is an asexual romance, people. I have never in my life seen a book starring an asexual person, never mind one that focuses exclusively on the romantic longings of an asexual person. In […]

I Have a Lot of Thoughts About Bella Swan

Yes, it’s true. We’re talking about Bella Swan today. Hey, where are you going? Get back here! Look, I know that Bella Swan isn’t a very interesting character. She’s pretty bland, and pretty passive, and—from a writer’s point of view, at least—obviously designed as a self-insert character. She’s a whole lot of nothing, which means […]

7 YA Books That I’m Dying to Read

There are SO MANY BOOKS that I’m dying to read. D Y I N G. But because it’s exam season, and because I’ve been preparing to begin dissertation fieldwork, I haven’t been reading much YA. Most of what I’ve read for the past month and a half has been titled stuff like, “The Conservative Governments […]