As a huge Harry Potter fan, there was no way I was skipping this book, which is essentially a collection of information from Pottermore, the official website dedicated to all things Harry Potter. I’ve read other supplemental texts affiliated with the series, but this feels like the least substantial of them all. The story is a small guide to Hogwarts – how to get there, fun facts about the school and its inhabitants – presented both as general information, and then commented on by Rowling herself as a creator. It provides very little that serious fans don’t already know. More […]
I haven’t read a book of poetry in a long time, and this was a perfect way to get back into it. I used to love writing and reading poetry, especially in high school. I was even published once, in our lit mag. This is the type of poetry I have always loved, and I wish Amanda Lovelace had come into my life sooner. This slight and powerful book of poetry is based on Amanda’s life and while simply written, contains such multitudes of feeling that you feel you’ve gone on a journey with her through her whole life by […]
Full disclosure up front: This was an ARC that I won in a contest on GoodReads. This book is not released until February. I am a HUGE fantasy nerd. The words “epic fantasy series” make me happy. When I won a contest to read what was touted as the fantasy star of 2019, I was thrilled. Then I read the inside cover where it is described as “Uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss”and suddenly I was hesitant. Those are big, bold words to throw out for a debut novel. IMHO, Rothfuss […]
A huge thank you to Crystal Clear for jump starting my next CBR, which will hopefully be more successful than this one was. I read 21 books and managed to review none of them, so there’s no where to go but up!
A great big thank you to Ashlie for my fabulous gifts! I’ve received Buffy: Demons of the Hellmouth, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, and a bonus Hyperbole & a Half calendar! This year, despite some good things for me like getting to travel, there’s been a lot of terror, sadness, and darkness in the world. I’m incredibly grateful for this community, and the little bits of joy and togetherness we can bring each other, not just with gifts like this, but with reviews and community in general. I’m grateful for these gifts, but I’m more grateful […]
“Doing nothing sometimes hurts more than doing something. Life doesn’t come with a guarantee, which is just as well, because most guarantees are bullshit.” Three Sisters Island Trilogy – Review at KatsCannon Readers of my reviews know I love a good Nora Roberts trilogy, and this is no exception. It’s been a hell of a year for me (well, let’s be honest, for everyone) and so a lot of my reading has trended towards the simple and easy to enjoy. Nora is the best for that. I like to think of her books as popcorn lit – they are delicious, […]
“You refuse all help, reject all hope, and seem intent on living the most abject existence possible. If anyone is punishing you, look inward, not upward.” Abomination – Review at KatsCannon Preface in the name of transparency – I won this book as part of a GoodReads giveaway, courtesy of Inkshares. Free books in any capacity, be they giveaways, ARCs, or what have you, are awesome and I try not to let that influence my review, but I always like to be upfront about it. That said, thank you to GoodReads and Inkshares!! Abomination is a debut novel by the […]
“Life isn’t easy, no matter where you are. You’ll make choices you think are right, and then suffer for them.” The Assassin’s Blade – Review on KatsCannon This review is my longest to date, I believe, and filled with spoilers for people who haven’t read any of Throne of Glass. Looking through it, there’s really only spoilers about Sam, and some hints of spoilers about later things. But if you are worried about any spoilers, just skip this one. Just know that these novellas are awesome as stand-alone, or as a part of this world, but better as part of the […]