[Book Review] The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso // political intrigue and necromancy

I’m honestly really appalled at myself that I’ve never read a Melissa Caruso book before. I requested The Obsidian Tower from NetGalley on a whim, buddy read it with Lili @ Utopia State of Mind, and absolutely ended up loving it! And now tbh I’m determined to read the rest of her books as well.

Not only is this book chock-full of amazing magic systems and political intrigue, it’s also got tons of casual queer rep. So if you’re looking to add more queer reads to your TBR for Pride Month, read on!

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Announcing the #BoneShardDaughterPH blog tour!

Hello friends! If you follow me on Twitter, then I’m sure you’ve seen me occasionally tweeting in the past month about a book called Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart. Well, I’m super excited to inform you all that I’ll be hosting a blog tour for this amazing 2020 release!

Read on to find out more!

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When Short Books Do You No Favors: A Discussion of Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao

I’m a fan of short books. They’re great ways to get your reading count up if you’re trying to meet a goal, and they’re a wonderful way to fit some reading into the day when you don’t have the energy or mental space for a longer, meatier book.

But sometimes, shortness just doesn’t work for the story you’re trying to tell. Sometimes, you really do need to take the time to explore your setting and your plot, and if that takes 500+ pages, then so be it. If you need to do that in order to do justice to the story that you want to tell, then you need to do that!

Unfortuantely, Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao is a perfect example of when short books do no favors, for either the author or the reader. If you want to know why I, unfortunately, did not enjoy this book, then read on!

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Book Characters That Would Get Along

Hello guys, gals, and nonbinary pals! Welcome back to my blog. Today, I’m bringing to you a post that I’ve been thinking about for sometime, ever since lockdown began. Obviously, social distancing and staying home means that I can’t exactly see my friends, and as an admittedly extroverted person (a rarity in the book community, I know!) quarantining has been a little hard on me.

So it got me wondering, which of the characters of my favorite books would get along and eventually become friends? Which leads me to this post!

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[Book Review] Steel Crow Saga – Paul Krueger // fantasy post-WWII discussions of colonialism, forgiveness, and love of country

A couple of months ago, I was applying for a senior manager position in another company. The head honcho who would be my direct supervisor if I got the job asked me what I looked to do in my spare time. I said that I liked to read, so she asked me what I was currently reading. At the time, I was participating in #SteelCrowReadathon by Shealea, so I said I was reading that. The director asked me what it was about – and that’s how I ended up spending fifteen minutes of a job interview gushing about a book.

(I got the job, by the way.)

Read on to find out what I loved about this amazing five-star read!

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How Not to End a Trilogy: The Case of The Folk of the Air

This review has been three years in the making. Lol.

When I first read The Cruel Prince back in 2018, I honestly saw the appeal. I thought it wasn’t a particularly great book, but it was a highly entertaining one. It was problematic as fuck – it portrayed a victim being in a romantic relationship with her abuser as a good thing and perpetuated that age-old super harmful stereotype of boys being mean to girls because they like them. But it was still enjoyable to read because its main character was one of the most ruthless, ambitious, cunning girls I’ve ever seen in YA fiction. I didn’t know where The Cruel Prince was going to take me, but I did know I wanted to go along with Jude Duarte.

Little did I know the Jude that developed in The Cruel Prince, the Jude that I fell in love with in The Wicked King, was going to be snatched away and replaced by a changeling (hah!) in The Queen of Nothing.

Read on to find out how I was let down by one of the most anticipated reads of the entire YA community.

(Be aware though that this discussion post is not spoiler-free!)

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Get The Cruel Prince here, The Wicked King here, or The Queen of Nothing here.

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My Fave Books by Muslim Authors + Muslim Bloggers to Support this Ramadan

Hello friends! Welcome back to my blog. Today, I’m bringing to you a post hyping up some of my most favorite books written by Muslim authors and some of my favorite Muslim bookish content creators that you really need to check out this Ramadan – and for the rest of the year as well.

The content creators I talk about write some of the best reviews, take amazing Instagram photos, or have the best hot takes on Twitter ever. Their content was what originally got me following them, but through interacting, I discovered that they’re also some of the nicest, smartest, funniest people ever, and now I’m very proud to say that I count them my friends!

Meanwhile, these books are some of the most lush, vivid stories I’ve ever read, with important lessons to part and ideas to share. They’re a peek into various worlds and cultures that I am absolutely loving to learn about. They’ve given me pairings to root for, heroines to be obsessed with, love interests to squeal over, and the most amazing world-building. And the authors are really great people as well!

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