Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)



Book: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

Author: V.E. Schwab

This was my #RockMyTBR read for December after I swapped Wonder Woman out with it because I wasn’t really feeling it. I was a little unsure about this one because I wasn’t all that keen on This Savage Song, but I’m glad that I decided to finish out this duology, because the second book was so much better than the first one! The pacing was still a little off, the first couple of parts were pretty slow and the second two were racing along at breakneck speed, but the characters were far more fleshed out in this one, the emotional stakes felt higher and I just generally found it more enjoyable. Here is a short synopsis of the book:

Kate Harker is a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can…

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ARC Review: Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

YA on my Mind

Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars, #0.5)Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweeping, action-packed, and romantic fantasy full of dangerous magic and dark choices, perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and Kristin Cashore—set in the same world as Of Fire and Stars.

Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but…

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Aquaman (2018) Movie Review


Universe: Worlds of DC (unofficially known as the DC Extended Universe).
Rated: PG-13.
Director: James Wan.
Screenplay: David Leslie, Johnson-McGoldrick & Will Beall.
Story: Geoff Johns, James Wan & Will Beall.
Release Date: 2018.
Runtime: 143 min.
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science-Fiction.
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and many more!
Budget: $160,000,000.
Opening Weekend: TBD.
Box Office: TBD.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10).

Also in the Worlds of DC:
Man of Steel (2013)
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition (2016)
Suicide Squad Extended Cut (2016)
Wonder Woman (2017)


The latest movie in the Worlds of DC is now in theaters and James Wan looks to show the world that movies under the DC Comics and Warner Bros umbrella are still…

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By Sea and Stars: A Book Review

Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

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By Sea and Stars  by Trent Dalton is the story of the voyage of the First Fleet which brought the convicts from England to Australia between May 1787 to January 1788. This was an interesting novella size historical piece of non-fiction. Dalton, a journalist, used the eleven journal manuscripts still in existence today to bring characters to life, giving voice to some of the men and women who sailed a voice. We have convicts and commissioned officers that made up the 1420 people who endured the trip from England to Botany Bay. We meet the youngest criminal – John Hudson who at 9 is transported for

At times the narrative is poetic “Sometimes history is only a question of size and space. The size of a pox sore on a young father’s forearm. The space between two kneecaps when the working girls of Drury Lane  open their…

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Scars and Stories: How I Learned to Read (Though Sheer Stubborness)



Every book blogger has a story of how they got into reading or what book insinuated the love of reading in them. This is my story, except my “learning to love to read” story is also my “literally learning to read story”.

Story Time:

Every kindergartener in America starts reading by learning sight words, and by the time they get to first grade they can read picture books on their own. Right?

Well, I went to a private school from preschool until first grade, and they were more math than reading oriented. Reading was basically something that was used to understand the directions on worksheets and that’s it. We didn’t actually read books. I don’t think I read a book until the second grade. That is when I really learned to read. (I mean, I’m pretty sure I read picture books and stuff. But not much else.)

Now, I…

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Why I Side-Eye “Historical Accuracy” in Fantasy

The Bookworm Daydreamer

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First, some essential reading. I wasn’t the first to touch on this topic, and I certainly won’t be the last. I just want to offer my own thoughts here. But if you want to learn more, please check out these articles, they’re excellent:

Since I started this blog, I’ve reviewed dozens of books, most of them fantasy. A lot of what I’ve read contain strong female characters. Of course, being picky with what you read helps a lot. It weeds out books you may…

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The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas | Book Review

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Publisher: Amulet Books

Pub. Date: 2018

Genres:Gothic Fantasy, YA

Pages: 308

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

The title, The Good Demon, is enticing enough on its own, which is why I stopped to look at it at the library. Then you find out that the protagonist, Clare, has been exorcised of her demon, the one known only as Her, her best friend. She’s devastated, angry and depressed. Then she finds a few clues left by her Only so that they can be together again, and it involves the reverend’s son. As she struggles with the boy being present as his father exorcised her of her demon and with finding her demon, she gets to know the boy and discovers the dark history of occult in her Southern town. The Good Demon, by Jimmy Cajoleas, is a gothic horror story of love and friendship, good and evil, and…

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