📑 Reviews: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Synopsis: "In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood. In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission

📑 Review: Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind

Synopsis: Hollywood in the 1960s: the studios are in decline; aging moguls are frantic to attract an audience distracted by TV; and, in severe contrast, an explosion of creative energy in European cinema is shaking the foundations of film-making convention. By the 1970s, Hollywood falls to a new generation of filmmakers who usher in a renaissance of bold and influential films. But, as the personal visions of this "New Hollywood" flourish, drug abuse and egotism threaten to overturn its rule. Rating: 🐉🐉🐉.5/5 (review might make why this is clear) Review: This book is an absolute must for anyone interesting in film, film-making or just an avid fan of popular culture. For me personally, with

📑 Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Synopsis: "Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen? Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire… But Akaran has its own secrets

📚 WWW Wednesdays #5

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly book-blogging meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. The concept is simple, answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? You can join in to! Just leave a comment with your link at Taking On's blog and then go on an adventure to find what other people are reading. What are you currently reading? To say that Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter is strange would be an understatement. But, as you may have noticed from my book choices, I do love me a little bit of strange. It's a retelling of the classic Russian fairytale Vasilisa the Beautiful, but set

📚 WWW Wednesdays #4

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly book-blogging meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. The concept is simple, answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? You can join in to! Just leave a comment with your link at Taking On's blog and then go on an adventure to find what other people are reading. What are you currently reading? Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire I'm basically done with this award winning novella and damn, does it not hold back. It's beautiful, it's sad, it's strange and, despite it's very fantasy premise, it feels so real. What did you recently finish readin

🎬 Teaser Trailer Tuesday! Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

Teaser Trailer Tuesday is a new Book Blog Meme/Tag that we're starting at JAF Ink where one of our illustrious members posts a short and enticing review of a book they've read and recommend (or don't receommend, it all depends), without giving too many details/plot points away. Much like a teaser trailer! Want to participate? Just comment in the post and link back to us in your blog post and we'll share what you've reviewed! A of JAF's Tempting Tease: A modern, dystopian retelling of The Odyssey set in post-tsunami/earthquake devastated LA filled with lyricism, beauty, and diversity. I wanted to love this book, and, at times, I really did, finding myself ensnared by the descriptions. But ev

📑 Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Synopsis: "Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifi

📚 WWW Wednesdays #3

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly book-blogging meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. The concept is simple, answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? You can join in to! Just leave a comment with your link at Taking On's blog and then go on an adventure to find what other people are reading. What are you currently reading? [if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></

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