• Book Review

    The Salt Line

    Warnings: Violence My Thoughts This book was so high on my wishlist when it was first published, but unfortunately The Salt Line was one of the most disappointing books I had ever read. What I had expected to get from the synopsis was very different than what was actually delivered, and I’m sure that played a huge part in my disappointment with the book. I struggled with this novel and ended up DNFing my ARC copy. The book is split into three parts and I quit at the end of the second part. I always felt guilty and wondered if I was missing out, so I picked the book back…

  • Book Review

    The Readymade Thief

    My Thoughts Well, this book is certainly interesting, so much so that I still don’t fully know what to make of it. The Readymade Thief is a love letter to Marcel Duchamp, a French-American artist that became famous in the early twentieth century for his influence on conceptual art. He is most famous for his readymades, manufactured pieces that he turned into art. His stance on what constituted art is an idea that could be applied to the novel. It’s art if the artist says that it is art. There are connections if that’s what you want to see. Duchamp’s life and work are threaded throughout the story, even some…

  • YA Fantasy Book Review

    Beasts Made of Night

    Warnings: Violence My Thoughts I feel like such an asshole for not liking this book. The premise for this novel is so good and I was excited to pick it up. The book follows Taj, a sin eater, ancient practitioners that devour the sin of another, taking on the burden of their guilt. This practice has been documented at several points in history and although its origins are unclear it is considered to be a form of magic. Add in a dash of Nigerian mythology and this book sounds like a dream that I honestly wanted to love. Taj has a very mercenary attitude, he looks out for himself and…