It took me a while to find my feet in this one, but once I did, it was a delightful romp through a fantastical Regency England. In Cho’s world, magic is in the air….or it would be if the Fairy Courts hadn’t plugged up the hole allowing their magic to trickle into England. But someone’s pissed off the Fairy Queen, and it becomes quite the kerfuffle for our titular Sorcerer Royal, Zacharias. On top of Fairy feelings, Zacharais is also fighting deep seated racism since he’s *gasp* African and *double gasp* the son of slaves with no societal connections to […]
After being so disappointed in my last go at a self-help book, I went rooting around the internet for other natural remedies to curing lady-parts issues and stumbled upon Marilyn Glenville. She’s a certified nutritionist with a Ph.D from Cambridge. And I’m happy to report that this was a fantastic read for anyone looking to make some lifestyle changes to regulate their cycle. Glenville’s book is broken down into easy-to-follow guidelines for making small, but effective changes over a period of time to get the body back in sync. And while she spends much of the book using diet, […]
A few years ago I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts, and one of my best friends recommended this book to me to stop my frantic scrolling through WebMD and other health sites that keep telling me I’m going to die. She read WomanCode while prepping for pregnancy and since the author herself suffered from PCOS, I figured it couldn’t hurt. And honestly it didn’t. But as a person who grew up with a professional salesman for a father, I know when someone’s trying to sell me something instead of just, you know, putting the information out there. The author, Alisa Vitti, runs […]
For years I’ve had issues with short story collections. The whipping from one plot to another so quickly makes my brain feel like it’s on a very shaky roller coaster. But it’s the genre my mentor most likes to teach, so I’ve found myself reading a lot of it lately. Thanks to his patience, I have a newfound understanding of the short story, and decided to start off the year by revisiting the first short story collection I ever finished, Neil Gaiman’s “Smoke and Mirrors.” When I read this four years ago, the stories disturbed me so much I had […]
A big THANK YOU to Sistercoyote for these awesome books! These are first up on my to-read for 2019!
In preparation for the upcoming new Amazon series, I decided to reread “Good Omens.” It’s probably been about a decade since I picked this up the first time, and while there were many parts that I thoroughly re-enjoyed, there were other parts that let me down. And not because it’s bad, but just because we’re getting farther and farther away from many of the contemporary nuances and details that were hilarious in the 2000s. Sadly, as time marches on, much of the ironic nuance in the jokes and satire don’t make sense simply because we’re missing the contemporary background. Published […]
A big thank-you to crystalclear for suggesting this book both on CBR and in person (by means of shoving the audio book case at me in a parking lot). I toted it around in my car for about a week before reading her review, and I’m glad I took the few hours to listen to this on my commute. The book is absolutely adorable. Kenny is a young rabbit living in a little farming village, and like most children’s book characters, he doesn’t fit in. He’s a book worm and a smarty-pants, while the rest of his village is more […]
I have the glorious honor of introducing one of my mentor’s new books to our school on Monday. And what a book it was! But first, backstory….Eliot Shrefer was the second reader for my thesis, and the teacher who really taught me to story-board and get to the nitty-gritty about my novel. It’s safe to say I’m a little indebted to him, so I was very excited to get a copy of his newest book and be asked to write an introduction for his interview. He also fits beautifully into CBR bingo, as his birthday is in November! Onto the […]