A Reaper at the Gates

Okay peeps, this is more as a record that I finished all of Sabaa Tahir’s Ember books rather than a proper review because I don’t like writing spoilers! Especially on books I love.

The Ember books are incredible. I really mean it. After I finished Harry Potter, I spent years trying to find a book series that could fill that hole in my life (and upon rereading the Harry Potter books, I’ve come to realize they are not all created equal. But that’s a blog post for another day). The Dresden Files is one such series, as I’ve mentioned before. So are Sabaa Tahir’s Ember in the Ashes novels. Continue reading “A Reaper at the Gates”


A Torch Against the Night

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Hello, 2019! A new year, a new chance to read and write a bajillion book reviews! Seeing how few times I wrote a book review last year, I…um…have a goal to read and review at least twelve books this year.  Yeah…just twelve.  I know, I know, some people read seventy books in a single year and then crow about it on Goodreads.  But I…I’m a lot slower.  I used to be able to read a book a week, just by taking Saturdays and devouring an entire 400-page book in a single sitting, but now I can’t.

I blame Twitter. Continue reading “A Torch Against the Night”


Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson, is a treasure. I could end my review there, but I’ll continue.

When I first saw Nimona in stores, I thought the art looked weird and immature. Yes, I was one of those comic art purists who believed every art style in comics, graphic novels, and the like should be in traditional manga or Marvel/DC art style. I’m talking the 60s-70s Steve Ditko-y style. So I thumbed my nose at it and went along. (I’m sensing a theme in my selections of slightly older books. I guess I used to be a bit of a snob. Hopefully I’ve outgrown that) Continue reading “Nimona”

An Ember in the Ashes

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An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir, is a book that I never would have heard of if it hadn’t been for Twitter.  I have an addiction to Twitter that I’ve been fighting, with limited success, and one thing that I love about Twitter is Book Twitter.  There are so many authors on Twitter, and they all share the books by other authors they love.  If you wander around and follow them for long, then you’ll be bound to be exposed to other awesome authors, whether new or established.  I can’t remember who I was following when I ran across Sabaa Tahir’s Twitter page, but I do remember it was because someone else I was following retweeted her revealing the new covers for her first (as seen here) and second books in a series, as well as the cover reveal to her soon-to-be-released third book.  The cover intrigued me, as well as the squeals in the comments by rabid fans.  How could I have missed something so widely loved, if Twitter was any guide? (Answer: I hadn’t frequented a bookstore in so long, and I’d stayed away from social media for a long time.  In some ways, my knowledge of YA books is as old as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Even when I’d entered a bookstore on the rare occasion, there were so many books screaming at me from bookshelves that the truly great ones never caught my eye.) Continue reading “An Ember in the Ashes”