[review] the darkest part of the forest

Holly Black takes something so ordinary, so relatable to the modern adolescent, and juxtaposes it against the profoundly extraordinary.

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Stunning cover art is just one of the many positives about this book.

After a dismal run of DNF and one-star reads, Holly Black‘s The Darkest Part of the Forest was a pure delight. I have to confess, ten years ago, I never would have picked up this book: I was strictly a high-fantasy or slice-of-life contemporary literature kind of girl. I had no interest in magical realism or the blurring of lines between our world and others. What a wonderful thing personal growth is!

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[review] ready player one

The biggest tragedy facing 2044 is that LGBTQI+ women of colour are still experiencing inequality to the point they need to masquerade as straight white boys in an online simulation.

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Ready Player One? No. In fact, I’d very much like to quit.

I really don’t know what to say about this one. Although late to the party, my inner geek was excited to read Ready Player One due to the overwhelmingly positive reviews floating around the internet. Some even go as far as to laud it as the ‘best book ever’.

This is not one of those reviews.

Warning. There will be spoilers.

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[review] heart of mist

  Heart of Mist fills the classic fantasy epic with a cast of wonderfully gritty characters and themes relevant to the modern-day reader. 
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The stunning cover of Heart of Mist as revealed on Writer’s Edit. Source: http://www.writersedit.com

I was fortunate enough to have received an ARC of Helen Scheuerer‘s debut novel Heart of Mist,  the first installment of her upcoming YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles. Having read the prequel short stories available on her website for free, I had some idea of what to expect and the novel itself did not disappoint.

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[review] the perks of being a wallflower

A fifteen-year-old boy only just becoming aware of the joys of masturbation? That I don’t buy.

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This book had been around long before I had a chance to read it—there’s already been a movie made, for God’s sake! I am usually pretty slow to jump on bandwagons (I still haven’t read Harry Potter and probably never will) and honestly, the only reason I picked this up after all these years is because it was nominated as a buddy read. I had been—until now—rather disinterested: I lived through high school as a so-called geek—I didn’t need to read about it.

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