Mini-Reviews: the Marie Kondo (Konmari) Books

I borrowed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and its sequel Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up from a friend and read them both, one after the other, over the course of a weekend. I was hoping for inspiration; I’m moving to a newRead more

Blog Tour: “The Darkest Torment” by Gena Showalter

Does the thought of a sexy bad boy demon falling in love with a mortal woman appeal to you? What about hell puppies? Then The Darkest Torment should be right up your alley. It’s the newest installment in the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter, and is also a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, whichRead more

“The Immortal Crown” by Kieth Merrill

This is the week where I finish all of the books that have been sitting on my Goodreads “Currently Reading” shelf forever.  I started reading The Immortal Crown by Kieth Merrill back in May, and despite really liking the plot, it’s taken me a while to finish it.  It’s a pretty hefty dose of epic fantasy, andRead more

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by John Tiffany, Jack Thorn, & J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a screenplay about Harry Potter’s son Albus.  It takes place many years after the previous books, when Harry is a middle-aged man and his son is about to take his place at Hogwarts.  Despite all of his adventures in defeating evil, Harry Potter doesn’t know how to be aRead more

“Rebellion” by Karen Sandler

Rebellion is the third book in the Tankborn trilogy, a YA dystopian series featuring diverse protagonists, cyborgs, and (you guessed it!) a rebellion.  Minor spoilers from the previous two books, but I’ll try to keep them as minimal as possible. Kayla is a GEN, or genetically engineered human.  Devak is a highborn.  The two of themRead more

“Marlene” by C.W. Gortner: Blog Tour & Giveaway

Marlene by C.W. Gortner is a biographical novel about Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich.  Marlene grew up in an aristocratic family that had fallen upon hard times, and her mother pressured her into nurturing her musical talent to become a concert violinist.  That was never to happen, and instead Marlene rebelled and used her talent toRead more

“The Doll Collection” edited by Ellen Datlow

Dolls are a staple in horror media, and for good reason.  They’re similar enough to us that we can see ourselves in them, and yet alien enough to be unnerving.  The Doll Collection, edited by anthologist Ellen Datlow, presents seventeen short stories, each of which feature dolls.  But the dolls in this collection are not themselves soRead more