Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

Book by a favorite author: *has no title, no synopsis, no cover, no release date*

Me, immediately:

I feel like we all have that small group of favorite authors who are the equivalent of King Arthur’s Round Table and whenever they release a new book, it becomes an absolute priority to read it. I have so many authors on my Auto-Buy list (mostly because I never really need a reason to buy books), so it was excrutiating to limit this list to ten authors but I did! (mostly)

So without further ado, here are my Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors! Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors”

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Review: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

36516585SYNOPSIS:

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading.

And thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more.

Except discovery of their bond would be death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right?


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

You asked me to tell truths. I have. What do I want? Understanding. Exchange. Victory. A game—hiding and discovery. You’re a swift opponent, Blue. You play long odds. You run the table. If we’re to be at war, we might as well entertain one another.

This Is How You Lose the Time War is the kind of novel that dips in and out of minds, catches the sharp sun of memory and gleams, leaves its scent on its readers, like perfume transferred between lovers. As soon as you start to put more words in, however, you stagger and come to bewilderment Continue reading “Review: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone”

Mid-year Book Freak Out Tag

me: no fear

*remembers it’s over halfway through 2019 and I’m still a long way from reading all the books I want to read this year*

me: one fear *cue all panic and no disco*

It feels like January was four years ago, March lasted a week and June has completely disengaged from linear time. The last time I did a book tag was maybe….let’s see…three eternities and a half ago? Saying it was long overdue would be something of an understatement. I’ve actually been meaning to do this a month ago but at this point, I procrastinate so much that if I were a vampire, I’d put off getting shit done for CENTURIES. Hell, at this rate, I’ll probably put off death and never die!

Alright, so without further ado, let’s get into the questions! Continue reading “Mid-year Book Freak Out Tag”

Review: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

41555947SYNOPSIS:

Sharp, mainstream fantasy meets compelling thrills of investigative noir in this fantasy debut by rising star Sarah Gailey. 

Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.

But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟

Ivy Gamble is not magic.

She will not be whisked away to train in a magician’s school where she will have all the glory her teeth can snatch. She is not the Chosen One, standing over her peers like a towering peak—all the possibilities of life, death, and magic spinning in her head. Instead, Continue reading “Review: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey”

Review: Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) by Lev A.C. Rosen

40099424SYNOPSIS:

My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.

Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.

He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous…


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

There’s a rush in reading books that speak to the deepest layers of your soul against which no drug compares; and Jack of Hearts caught me like a fish snagged by a line. I felt such a weightless joy upon finishing this book—the feeling that this moment, this hour, this universe could not possibly be improved upon. Continue reading “Review: Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) by Lev A.C. Rosen”

Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We're Briefly GorgeousSYNOPSIS:

Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Dear Ma,” within the narrator’s head—or it might have been his heart—the name begins tolling, very much like a bell, “I am writing to reach you—even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are.Continue reading “Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong”

Review: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

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Late one spring night, as Driss Guerraoui is walking across a darkened intersection in California, he’s killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui’s daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she’d left for good; his widow, Maryam, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora’s and an Iraqi War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son’s secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.

As the characters–deeply divided by race, religion, and class–tell their stories, connections among them emerge, even as Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love–messy and unpredictable–is born.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟

Growing up in this town, I had long ago learned that the savagery of a man named Mohammed was rarely questioned, but his humanity always had to be proven.

The hit-and-run killing of Driss Guerraoui echoed through his daughter’s mind with the vitality of a heartbeat. Continue reading “Review: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami”