• Graphic Novel Review

    The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

    Warnings: Mild Violence My Thoughts The Great Gatsby is one of the classics that I somehow missed in high school, and though it is well-loved it was one that I never felt compelled to read. Maybe I just wasn’t that interested in the roaring twenties, but there was nothing about the various descriptions that I had read that pulled me in. I even skipped the film adaptations, I just can’t explain why I had no interest in this story. Despite that, when I was offered the opportunity to read a graphic novel adaptation, and my husband expressed to me how much he enjoyed the novel, I decided to give it…

  • Book Review

    Heart of Mist

    My Thoughts The plot has a lot of familiar fantasy elements: a heroine with unknown powers, a medieval high fantasy setting with kings and knights, political rivalries, forbidden magic, class tension, corrupt royalty, and rampant abuse towards women. As the story unfolds Heart of Mist adds some refreshing twists to the classic hero’s journey. The thing that made this book really stand out to me was how the plot tackles various social issues. Bleak copes with her magical powers by drowning herself in alcohol and her struggle with drinking opens up a conversation about alcoholism in young adults, a topic not often brought up in YA novels. Bleak is a…

  • Book Review

    The Monsters Within

    My Thoughts The Monsters Within follows the Holloway family, who have recently moved into a new house. The family is troubled and is carrying emotional baggage along with them. The reader is plunged directly into the conflict, with one member of the family ready to move on while the rest seem to be hanging onto their own personal struggles. While the causes of each person’s grief varied, it becomes clear that each is being consumed by painful memories. The darkness in each person’s heart manifesting into the mysterious house that appears to be haunted. The dark inhabitants of the house are indeed ghastly, one, in particular, made my toes curl…

  • Poetry Book Review

    Secrets of a Broken Heart

    My Thoughts Secrets of a Broken Heart is a debut poetry collection that covers a couple of different topics: feelings of sadness and heartbreak after a breakup, the excitement of new love, or the anxiety of writing and creating art. It is a wide collection that follows a similar free verse style that has become popular in poetry in recent years. “Honey, you are so pretty that the ground cannot get enough of you. Your tears are the water to the earth, your red eyes the sun to the flowers.” This poetry book is split into a few different sections, the first half of the collection primarily handling themes of…