Looking for a Weird Time? “Mirror in the Sky”

Hey readers! I wrote an in-depth review of Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana over on Plotworm, and boy that book was a doozy. What starts off as a familiar plot to your usual dystopian YA, suddenly changes into an introspective look at the cusp of adulthood. There’s an alternate Earth, people changing their…

A Whole New Vibe with “Last Call”

Every once in awhile, it’s fun to see someone break the mold. For the genre of urban fantasy, I’d always seen the shelves stocked with plenty of detective series’ to shake a fedora at. So, when new author Paul Krueger decides to shake things up and throw some booze magic into the mix, I sit…

Top 5 Books That Messed Me Up As a Kid

This post should actually be titled “Top 5 Books That Messed Me Up as a Kid But Influenced My Growth as a Reader”, but it was too long. I’m sure everyone can count on one hand the books that they read as a child that have stayed with them well into adulthood. You don’t have…

The 7 Most Shocking and Emotional Moments in “Morning Star”

The reason I haven’t posted much about my feelings on Morning Star is due in large part to my new placement on the floor of my bedroom, curled into the fetal position and crying “It’s over? Wait, IT’S OVER??” But with Pierce Brown’s recent admission that a new trilogy set in Darrow’s new world order…

Holmes in Rome: Why You Should Read the “Roma Sub Rosa” Series

Who doesn’t love a good detective story? But on my shelf, you won’t find your typical James Patterson or John Grisham. Naw, I’m more of the classic Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie fare. But in terms of historical fiction mysteries, my heart belongs only to the Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor. I adore…

Top 5 Fantasy Series That Deserve To Be On TV

Have you ever come across a book that’s so rich in world detail and character that you think to yourself, “Oh my gosh, I can totally picture this on HBO.” Brotha, you ain’t alone in that regard. I seem to pick a lot of my choice reads (and rereads) based on how cinematically written the…

“World War Z”: Trusting the Transcript Style

No doubt, most of you have seen the Brad Pitt movie that was inspired by this book. I say inspired, because from what I’ve seen, there are very few aspects that the book shares with the film. Now, I’m not saying the film was an atrocity, I simply mean that it shouldn’t be taken as…

“Watership Down”: Lord of the Rings with Rabbits

Let me tell you about a friend of mine. She was a huge fan of the “Lord of the Rings” films, the recent Peter Jackson imaginings. She loved the films so much, she owned the extended editions and would occasionally have movie marathons with her family. But anytime she tried to tackle the books, it…

Top 5 Sci-Fi Books That Should Be on Your Shelf

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the official trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was released last night. Like many other Americans, my family and I gathered in front of the family television to sit through two quarters of football for teams I didn’t care for (Eli Manning can suck it!) and once…

Stockholm Syndrome Romance: Why is it Popular?

It’s tirade Friday. Rant alert.  Let me start off by saying that I adore Naomi Novik as a writer. I’ve read her Temeraire series, which was fantastic, and I’ve seen her at panels and in interviews. She’s very knowledgeable and well-read, with a fangirl side to her, and is a huge advocate for fan-works. I…

“Blood Oath” is Not Your Sister’s “Twilight”

If You Like… Classic horror “X-Files” The Dresden Files American history Then You’ll Like… Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth Quick post today! Over the Fourth of July weekend, my siblings and I gathered around the ol’ television to enjoy a patriotic depiction of one of our greatest Presidents: in other words, we enjoyed a showing of “Abraham…