Main points Minor spoilers ahead! This is a really good book as an introduction to the world. As a series it encompasses a lot. As a universe it encompasses even more and leaves plenty unexplored. I am going back through the series only having read the original series (not the spin-off) and the Field Guide, so my thoughts will reflect that, even as I continue through the universe and analyse the other books as well. So this first book is short. Like I said, it serves as a good introduction. To what, exactly? I think […]
Hello everyone! Welcome to my tearoom. Make yourselves right at home in the parlour while I prepare a nice pot of tea. In this new feature, I will be sharing with you some of the various kinds of tea I’ve tried and what I thought of them. One might even consider these…tea reviews! Here are some scones, jam, and clotted cream to keep you busy while the water boils. Let me just quickly fetch the tea I’ll be discussing today and we can begin!
Main points This book was even more intense than the second one, but both the second and third were very similar. It was still hugely about the dynamic between the characters, but this time even more complicated. So much love and hate and trust and distrust being bandied about, so many combinations of the four. Things changed on a dime, and often. It was all very unexpected. Primal, too. Which I guess was part of the point. There was a lot of human vs. nonhuman emotional stuff going on. I think I liked everyone a […]
Here is an essay I wrote on Gatsby just over three years ago, in high school. I am publishing it for comparison purposes- it’s interesting to see how my style has changed over the years. I think I’ve gotten a lot better since then. (: But if you’re curious how I wrote essays about the book when I hated it, read on.
Here is an essay I wrote for an English class in college. It basically explains how I saw Gatsby and Daisy and why their relationship would not have worked. The assignment limited me to chapter 3, but obviously I had to use more than just that.
This review has been updated and re-published! I used to think of it as one-star, and now I rate it five. Find out why I changed my mind!
Main points This book was a trip. I’ve read the author before, and liked her work, but this was something quite different. The story was, anyway. It’s difficult to describe as anything other than a trippy experience, because it felt like everyone was literally crazy or just full of secrets and lying about everything. Sometimes a mixture of both. And it felt that way because that’s exactly what was happening. I kept waiting for someone to be perfectly innocent and forthcoming, but it seemed that that didn’t happen. I don’t know how everyone who wasn’t […]
Main points I SUPER LOVED this book. It was everything I was looking for in a period drama. It was such a great blend of romance, mystery, and historical quotidian. It’s one of those books that reminds me just how much I want to live in this era. The language took some getting used to but I loved it all the same. I wish we all spoke like that. I do sometimes, but it’s easy to forget when no one else does. I did learn several new (archaic) words as well. Really, though, it’s probably […]
Main points I particularly enjoyed this one. Action romance indeed. I usually enjoy these kinds of stories, especially the hate-to-love sort of thing. I think it’s hard for most people to resist that. I guess that’s as good a place to start as any. The important thing to note is that it wasn’t too fast. Too often, authors know that we really just want them to get into it already, so maybe by around halfway (if not sooner) things start changing. But not here. No, things didn’t really pick up until well into the three-quarter […]
Main points This book was REALLY good. Oh man, I have so much to say. I hope I remember it all. Okay, the story was excellent. It wasn’t entirely without plot holes (some of which I could fill in myself using logic, but not all) but it was mostly just really cool. Some of the smaller details really added to the story. In fact, I think all of them did. The fact that the Jessas shared memories when they Traveled, some things that Danny said that were strangely poignant or important, the subtle differences between […]