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Crows on Heartstrings is a fully illustrated anthology of short stories. We have a little something for everyone, no matter what your gender, sexuality, or color, we have something for you. We are proud to say that we are mostly created by, for and about lgbtqa+ folks. It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before. We are also comprised of 23 women, and 3 men, so READ WOMEN!

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Book Review: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 15.20.19This was a great one. There were only a few I felt were just not my cup of tea. Most were engaging, but I did have a few favorites.

  1. Emmeline – Cat Winters
  2. Sleepless – Jay Kristoff
  3. In the Forest Dark and Deep by Carrie Ryan
  4. Fat Girl With a Knife – Jonathan Maberry

Those were the ultimates for me. I already reviewed Emmeline, so I’ll cut to the others. Sleepless had the most CHILLING reveal. I don’t want to spoil it but it was by far the most suspenseful of the bunch.

In the Forest Dark and Deep left me with a lot of questions. But it was beautifully written and I ended up liking the main character because I feel like maybe she was in control the whole time, a monster rather than a victim. Which is also why I liked Fat Girl With a Knife.

I found that most of the stories made me feel like they weren’t about supernatural monsters so much as they were about how easy it is to become a monster when pushed to the edge.

I highly recommend picking this one up. I won’t share which stories I didn’t much like, because I don’t want to turn anyone off to it. The stories I didn’t enjoy all shared a common similarity and I know that just means they weren’t for me.

Happy reading!

Book Review: Emmeline – Cat Winters

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 15.20.19Okay so this isn’t a book, it’s a short story and part of the Slasher Girls and Monster Boys collection curated by April Genevieve Tucholke. I’m not finished with this the collection yet, but I had to review Emmeline while it was still fresh in my mind. I was having a pretty average experience with the book up until this story. Which means, the stories were great, some more well written than others, one was a great story but not my cup of tea, and the other was  a bit confusing but creepy all the same. Anyway, when I got to Emmeline I was immediately entranced. I love a good romance turned ghost story. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I highly recommend you pick up the Slasher Girls and Monster Boys collection curated by April Genevieve Tucholke, and read this one!

I’ll most definitely review the whole book when I’m finished, I just had to get out my feelings about this one first!

Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray

17234658 I started reading this book weeks ago and I wrote it off because I was in the middle of the longest book hangover of my life.

THANK THE UNIVERSE I PICKED THIS UP AGAIN!

I don’t know if we should rely on bratty reader, Meeks, who thought the beginning wasn’t very interesting.

I was annoyed about the way the character dealt with her art, being a Fine Arts major myself, but I got over it. I was also very angry because, and this is a spoiler, I loved Paul. I thought of him as this misunderstood Loki villain, and I HATED that Marguerite kept talking to me about how much Theo liked her. I wasn’t interested and put the book down.

Just to recap what the story is about, I’ll quote goodreads page:

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.”

The characters were easy enough to fall in love with. I don’t really know who Marguerite is outside of this firebird stuff, an artist, an outsider in her own family, but more than that I don’t really know.

I wish I knew why both Theo and Paul were in love with her. I think the emotional plot’s pacing was off in this book a tad. I wanted to feel Marguerite and Paul fall in love in Russia (Dimensional Travel) but I felt that was rushed.  But once she fell in love with Paul, I felt a bit of her struggle, and I did feel her love for him, and his pent up love for her as well.

The final world lacked the world building of the Russian world. The Russian world I could see so clearly because I had reference points and feelings and emotions. But with the final world, I don’t even know if I’m sure I know what it looks like. I’m going with underwater space station for now.

Aside from all that, the pacing of the action plot was terrific. I felt like I was piecing together the clues ad Marguerite did, which was refreshing and exciting. I felt engaged, like I was working this out with them.

Honestly, for me, the pros of this book outweigh my nitpicky cons. I recommend this one.

Mean Reader

I’ve recently been a very bratty and picky reader lately. So there are a few things on my to do list as far as reading.

  1. Stop being a jerk and read A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray because you know what, bratty self, it’s pretty good.
  2. Re-read Nick and Charlie and Amend the original review because I have a feeling, knowing Alice Oseman’s work, it was better than you’re giving credit for. Again, self, stop being a jerk.
  3. Re-evaluate all the books you put down whilst in your reading slump and said were shit when everyone else who reviews them says they are not.

“She would be so pretty if…”

Women in books kind of bother me. Even the ones who win and kick ass. I feel like a lot of kickass women I read get a nice boyfriend in the end, who loves her despite what makes her different.

I agree that we need diversity in books. We need fat women, women of ALL CULTURES, trans women, disabled women, just ALL WOMEN, and you know what? We don’t need them to get a nice, gorgeous boyfriend in the end of their story. As if the boyfriend is a hero because he loves them despite their fatness, or blackness, or disability, or whatever it is that makes them a real person.

We need female heroines of all shapes, sizes, and colors, living life and not being viewed as a success IN SPITE OF whatever it is which makes us love them, whatever it is which sets them apart.

We need heroines who teach women you are important because you are you, not in spite of what makes you, you.

Book Review: Solitaire – Alice Oseman

20618110I LOVED Solitaire. The book is about “chronic pessimist” Tori Spring navigating through school like a normal teen these days with tumblr and pranks Ferris Bueller could only dream to pull off.

The characterization is phenomenal. Tori Spring is depressed and aloof, but I was never once annoyed by her. I felt like she was such a real person, that I couldn’t feel that she was whiny or complained too much. On the contrary, Alice Oseman made me care so much for Tori that I rooted for her. I wanted her to get better, I stuck with her through the hard times. I loved her.

What’s more, I loved Michael Holden. (Funny that his last name is Holden when the book is being called a contemporary Catcher in the Rye. Cute) I loved Nick, and Charlie. All the kids in the book had very real problems, all very relatable problems.

The realness was striking. Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you what the book was about, you can read the summary on amazon, I’m talking about the quality of the writing here. I guess that’s what I aim to do in my reviews. The characters were so engaging, I felt less like I was reading a story, and more like I was living with them. I think that’s important.

I finished Solitaire feeling like I was leaving my friends behind. That’s how monumental I felt this book was for today’s YA readers. I think to say Alice Oseman’s young age directly correlates to how effectively she relates to her young audience is unfair. She relates to her readers because she is a good writer. She knows what she’s talking about and seems like she’s either been there with all of us, or she’s done a damn good amount of research. This book and it’s dealings with mental illness among teenagers is so truthful, I think every struggling teen should read it.

Solitaire is dripping with the “You are NOT Alone” message. I cannot stress enough how authentic this book felt.

 

Book Review: Attachments- Rainbow Rowell

10600010I was going to review The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, but I want to re read it because I feel like I loved it so much, I rushed right through it.

So my second option, for the moment, is Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. I love Rainbow Rowell. I find her writing light and engrossing and real. Attachments, I feel, needs some more love. I see people raving over Fangril (Rightfully so) And the upcoming Carry On, (I’m so excited!) But nothing really for Attachments.

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure about it. It’s set pre-Y2k in an office featuring people a bit older than my own age. (how boring, people my own age!) It’s a bit slow going in the beginning. Lincoln, the spying IT guy, was a bit difficult for me to really care about at first. But, as the characters embarked on their arcs, I became enraptured.  I felt like nerdy but burly Lincoln’s sister, (but a good one, his real sister sucked) just wanting to push him and tell him “I know you’re in love with the girl who’s email you’re stalking, so go talk to her! She saw you! She likes you! Go talk to her you idiot!”

The girls in the story were hilarious. I found myself connecting with them on various levels despite only being able to read their emails. I guess that’s why I didn’t feel too creeped out by Lincoln feeling like he knew them. I FELT LIKE I KNEW THEM. Good Job Rainbow Rowell!

Anyway, without getting too spoilery, the hype around Y2k, this earth shattering event, set the theme for the character’s personal events. I thought it was clever, and frustrating, and all around a good read.

Book Review: Winger – Andrew Smith

11861815I picked this book up honestly, because I wanted to do some research about the genre. I’m working on a manuscript at the moment about a regular boy with some every day problems, and I wanted to see how authors today are handling it.

Well, I don’t know what I was expecting, but this book was an outstanding read. Between Ryan Dean’s doodles, to his wit, his obsession with singing and being a tough rugby player, to the way he cared about his best friend and less about who thought he was gay for loving said best friend, he was a real entertaining main character.

I think with a book like this, the biggest obstacle is creating a character with a clear voice who engages the reader. At least, that’s what I think about when I write my book. So Ryan Dean definitely did that. I have a clear picture of who he is, and he is absolutely damn funny and keeps me engaged when really he doesn’t do very many out of the ordinary things… until the tragic ending.

Really. Please pick up this book. Like the rest of Andrew Smith’s books, it’s worth it. ALSO I just found out it’s the first in a series :O

Book Review: Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

aumokd6pfdtuhq4dvfax_0Recently, I’ve become obsessed with good graphic novels. I read Beautiful Creatures ONLY because Cassandra Jean illustrated it. I started reading Manga, and immersed myself in the graphic novels of Gerard Way (a childhood hero) and started collecting stories with pretty art.

That’s how I came across Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I knew of her work from the cover of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. So though I missed out on the Nimona webcomic, I snatched up this book, preordered and all.

Let’s talk story. The story is engaging, action packed, witty, everything I wanted. We follow Nimona, a girl eager to be the sidekick of her favorite supervillian, Lord Ballister Blackheart, and take down the adorable, knight in shining armor, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, I mean, really with the names, how adorable can we get?

Without spoiling it for you, I can tell you Nimona and Lord Blackheart go on an epic journey, learn about love and who to trust, and how exactly to not leave a shapeshifter behind.

This full color, clearly, and beautifully illustrated story is engaging and worth the read. It sits so nicely on my shelf.

Also, despite the rich story, it’s a light read. I highly recommend it.

Find Noelle Stevenson here!