Complicated Thoughts on Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Wilder Girls ★★★★★ Rory Power A group of girls are trapped at an island boarding school as their bodies mutate and change underneath them. In trying to consider why this book worked so well for me, I keep coming back to this: This is one of the most chilling books I have ever read. (If you’re really … More Complicated Thoughts on Wilder Girls by Rory Power

For Personal Reasons, I Will Be Crawling Into a Hole with My Disappointment Over The Power

  The Power ★★☆☆☆ Naomi Alderman One morning, women all over the world begin developing a power: electricity, running through their fingers. The ensuing cataclysm, framed by documentation from the future, comes from four characters. There’s Roxy, 15-year-old white British daughter of a gangster; Tunde, a Nigerian journalist (the only man who narrates); Margot, an … More For Personal Reasons, I Will Be Crawling Into a Hole with My Disappointment Over The Power

Fantasy Tropes and Sibling Rivalry in Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars ★★★★★ Sarah Gailey Magic for Liars follows private investigator Ivy Gamble as she investigates a death in the Osthorne Academy for Young Mages, the workplace of her sister and a location she has envied for years. While she’s living a life she thinks of as simple, her sister is a famous and talented teacher. … More Fantasy Tropes and Sibling Rivalry in Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Release by Patrick Ness (and Why It Made Me Cry)

Release ★★★★★ Patrick Ness Release follows preacher’s-son Adam through one day of his life, as he attempts to find closure with his ex. The subjects are small moments: a final party, only significant to Adam. The discussion of homophobia in this was so much and I don’t even really know why it hit me that hard. … More Release by Patrick Ness (and Why It Made Me Cry)

Some Thoughts on Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse

The Winner’s Curse ★★★☆☆ Marie Rutkoski People in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark. I guess we’re back on the bandwagon of reading 2010s-published YA fantasy that I missed out on when I was probably in the right age range to appreciate it. It is with gladness in my heart that I say … More Some Thoughts on Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse