Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Sigh. I wanted to love this book. I expected to love it. I've done my fair share of fangirling. Or at least, for a while I considered myself "active" in the Glee fandom. I wrote fanfic (and read tons of it), had a Tumblr, talked to other fans online, etc. It was fun. (It was also terrible, because Glee is terrible, but… Continue reading Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Matilda Reviews: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Wow, it's been a while since I reviewed a book. My life for the past month has been a series of ups and downs, so reading has unfortunately fallen by the wayside. I did, however, manage to steadily (albeit slowly) plug away at the second installment in Lev Grossman's Magician series, The Magician King. (I recently read and reviewed the first… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Matilda Reviews: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Dystopia Published: 1993 When I was in 5th grade, it seemed like all of a sudden everyone was checking out The Giver from our school library. I remember it distinctly because of the cover: that grayscale photograph of the old man with the beard, floating next to the shiny gold Newbery Medal. Who wants to read a book about… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Matilda Reviews: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Genre: Fantasy Published: 2009   Lev Grossman's The Magicians has been described as Harry Potter plus The Chronicles of Narnia for adults, and in a way, that's a fair assessment. But The Magicians is also something entirely its own. It has a vastly different feel than the Harry Potter books: grittier, more sordid. It seems to be at once more and… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Matilda Reviews: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Well, I finally read it. I know I'm super late to the game (haha, get it?), but finally I can join the rest of America in recognizing the significance of such statements as "Justin Bieber is turning out to be the Prince Joffrey of the pop music realm." (That means he's a terrible human being, in case you didn't know.)… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Matilda Reviews: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Genre: Children's Published: 1997 Summary At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Matilda Reviews: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Summary:  Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

My girlfriend and I read Howl's Moving Castle out loud to each other, which I believe made it a lot more enjoyable than it would've been if I'd read it in my head. It was a fun, young adult fantasy story about a young girl, Sophie, who gets turned into an old woman. She makes her… Continue reading Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

What Makes a Fantasy World Fantastic?

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm not a fan of science fiction novels, and in general I'm not wild about fantasy either; I tend to gravitate toward books that have a realistic setting. I've been wondering what it is about science fiction/fantasy that turns me off (and what it is about some fantasy book… Continue reading What Makes a Fantasy World Fantastic?

Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

Let's get this out there first---I'm not a big fan of fairy tales. Other than Tolkien, I don't really take to fantasy: fairies, vampires, zombies, etc. are just not my thing. Which is probably why it took me so long to finally pick up Malinda Lo's Ash. To be honest, the only reason Ash was even on my… Continue reading Review: Ash by Malinda Lo