Book Reviews

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 […]

Dumplin’ Made Me Feel a Whole Lot of Feelings

I’ve wanted to read Dumplin’ for over a year now, but because I’m a poor grad student, buying it wasn’t an option. My budget is limited and I don’t want to buy a book that I haven’t already read and loved. Being an adult is hard. Enter my trusty local library, and some minor begging and […]

10 More Kickass YA Heroines

It was International Women’s Day last week, March is Women’s History Month, and here in the UK, we just celebrated the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. HOT DAMN. Here are ten more kickass YA heroines who can’t and won’t stay still. (Read last year’s list here.) 1. Starr Carter, The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas). I […]

I Hate Two Out of Three Jace Waylands

Today, I’m basically waving a red cape in front of a bull and calling its mother names, because I’m going to talk about why I hate Jace Wayland from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. *ducks as rotten tomatoes are thrown* Okay, now, hear me out— Okay, okay. Let me clarify: I hate two out of three […]