• Feminist Book Review,  Literary Book Review

    Milk Blood Heat

    My Review: Love requires a bareness, a certain pliability, and I didn’t thrill at the possibility of being transformed or wiped away.Milk Blood Heat is quite simply a stunning short story collection and an impressive debut. The stories in this collection felt as hot and sticky as the Florida sun, filled with complicated characters and the less-than-perfect lives that they lead. Having spent years living in Florida I felt at home while reading these stories, the microaggressions from the largely white middle-class inhabitants were deeply relatable. The stories in this collection were all about power struggles; between mother and daughter, husband and wife, brother and sister. The titular Milk Blood…

  • Romance Book Review,  Science Fiction Book Review

    Bellwether

    My Review: I didn’t know a single thing about Bellwether when I picked it up, but I decided to give audiobooks a try while at work and remembered a friend’s glowing comments about the book. This novel was quite simply a pleasure to listen to, and I’m so glad that I took that blind recommendation. Bellwether transcends genres: science fiction, satire, romantic comedy. When I say science fiction, I mean fiction about science. The main character Sandra is a researcher studying fads and this book screams 90s nostalgia. The book pokes fun at popular trends, from fashion fads to new work culture mantras. The characters were charming and I found…

  • Horror Graphic Novel Review

    Infidel

    My Review: There are times that I run into a piece of horror media that has so much potential, with so much to love about it, but then I don’t end up loving it, and I sorely wish that I did. Infidel is a graphic novel about the horrors of racism, and specifically, Islamophobia. Taking place in the United States after the 9/11 bombings, the story follows Aisha, a Muslim American woman coping with the evils of everyday racism in all of its many shapes and forms. Aisha is a wonderful main character, she tries her best despite the casual racism she regularly encounters, from strangers, friends, family, even other…

  • Media & Pop Culture Book Review

    Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made

    My Review: I love video games as much as I love books, so this book was a natural selection. I was excited to get my hands on this book, especially to read about the creation of Stardew Valley, one of my all-time favorite games. This book was shocking but fun, and an easy recommendation for any gamer. Jason Schreier has made a name for himself in the last few years for bringing attention to the poor practices in the gaming industry, particularly about crunch culture. This book feels like a stepping stone to the articles he writes today and provides a broad survey of video game development. AAA and indie…

  • Historical Romance Book Review

    When the Scoundrel Sins

    My Review: Wow, is it hot in here? I think I need to open a window because my goodness was this a steamy read. When the Scoundrel Sins is the second book in the Capturing the Carlisles series and it is a hot and heavy romance. The characters have a lot of chemistry, the strong-willed bluestocking meeting her match with an impish rakehell. I loved the sass and teasing between the characters throughout the novel that kept their romance steaming, straddling that line between childhood friends and potentially something more. I was extremely happy with how the book discussed marriage, and in particular, a pesky piece of common law called…

  • Historical Romance Book Review

    If the Duke Demands

    My Review: You ever read a book that you are initially dazzled by, and then slowly grow more disappointed until the end when the plot comes crashing down? Oh, how I loathed the way that this book ended. The book starts off good, and I mean really good. The two main characters are charming and seem to actually have some good chemistry. The physical tension between the two of them is hard to ignore and builds up at a steady rate throughout the novel. Sebastian was a total dreamboat and I was really digging the story up until the halfway point. So what went wrong? It was a couple of…