This book is tough. It’s centered around an emotionally devastating premise — the untimely death of a teen girl — and the tension of that mystery unfolding is coupled with a stark examination of gender politics and middle-class family dynamics. It’s the type of story that doesn’t let the reader breathe easily, as it seems too real, and, for many of us, too relate-able in a lot of ways. One minute, you feel deeply for James or Marilyn Lee, struggling with being an outsider and taking opposite approaches to combating the judgement of others. The next, you hurt for their […]
I like Tessa Dare. I know her books are derisively considered by many to be HINO (Historical In Name Only) but that’s something that’s never bothered me, personally. I like that her characters have modern sensibilities, because I don’t want to read about a hero with traditional Regency-era attitudes toward women. I like that her books each tend to have a designated Element of Silliness (see: Romancing the Duke‘s cosplayers, Any Duchess Will Do‘s terrible knitting) and in this one it’s the recurring joke of a bratty kid confusing carnal noises for the sound of a woman being murdered. It’s […]
This is the second Brenna Yovanoff novel I’ve read that, to my taste, didn’t quite stick the landing. She really knows how to set a scene around an intriguing premise. Here, that idea is that our main character, Mackie, is a replacement, a fae child that was left behind with a human family after their own was taken. In Mackie’s town, this sort of thing happens every seven years, except that most of the time, the replacement doesn’t live — it becomes sick and dies. The people of the town are weirdly accepting of this, because the town seems to […]
Over and over again, Ursula Todd lives through two world wars. She’s never in as much control of her death and rebirth as characters in The Edge of Tomorrow, for example, but she does learn from her multiple lives. It’s somewhere between deja vu and being able to completely accurately predict the future (because you’ve already been there). I have to admit to being disappointed with this book, but I don’t think that’s the fault of the book. I just wanted it to be something other than what it actually was. I wanted it more like The Edge of Tomorrow […]
I’m not going to extract from my review here because I don’t know if any of my paragraphs can stand alone. But I will say this. You know that trope of sticking women in fridges so the male characters can feel man pain? This is one very long, poorly translated slog of fridge after fridge after fridge. Read the rest (?) at Pop Culture Penalty Box!
My goodness. What do I even say about this that hasn’t been said already? Bitch Planet is a prison planet for women who are “Non Complaint.” They are too fat, too mouthy, too ambiguously scary, too….too. For all their failings in the eyes of this toxic patriarchy (is there another kind?), they are sent to prison. But it’s not like the expectation to be compliant ends with getting put in prison. It just morphs, changes shape. Instead of the daily grind of microaggressions and 1960’s-style office politics, the very thing that landed them in prison is exploited for the viewing […]
It feels like an Onion article: Local Woman Praised for Not Reading Paper; Knowing Nothing of World. But also like William/Ryan shouldn’t be famous. If Paris Hilton weren’t, you know, famous (or whatever) on her own, would you have any idea who the owner of Hilton Hotels’ kids were? Can you pick the children of the heads of Viacom, General Electric, or Monsanto out of a line up? I can’t! Wait. Am I the lead in a romantic novel? When I go out to lunch later, am I gonna run into the powerful (but humble!) son of a corn […]
Outlander is one of those books I picked up about a dozen times in various bookstores and then put down without actually buying it. It has a lot of elements I go for–WWII! Britain! Conspicuously well-groomed and progressive men-of-the-past! Time travel!–but for whatever reason, the back of the book never grabbed me. And I heard rumblings that the book had some problems, which I will get to later. Outlander is the story of Claire Randall, an English woman freshly back from WWII where she served as a nurse in France. She is married to a man named Frank Randall, who […]