• Historical Romance Book Reviews

    The Female Correspondent

    Finally! A real regency romance! I’ve been wary of the regency and historical romance genres as of late due to many of the stories just feeling so out of place for their respective time periods. I had no such issues with this book and it was actually pretty refreshing. “The words seemed to rearrange themselves on the paper, until the familiar hand became the strong, sweet voice of Miss Debord, chronicling, not the leisurely life of a gentleman of means, as he had supposed, but the lonely and isolated life of a woman who had striven to enrich her own life and that of others by her tireless work, without…

  • Weird Fiction Reviews

    The Universe Inside Me

    This was an interesting piece of weird fiction about a man that finds that he has a universe growing inside him – quite literally. He is given six months to live and spends his final months pondering the life that he had built, the limits of time, and the endlessness of love. “I read a theory once, that time isn’t infinite. Like all things, it too will die. Time and reality is like an old clock and with every passing second, it’s calmly winding down. As it does, everything in existence will slow down and eventually stop, leaving us frozen in place forever.” It is a short and sad piece…

  • Paranormal Romance Book Reviews

    I Wish I Weren’t a Djinni

    I Wish I Weren’t a Djinni is your run of the mill genie story. A young man finds a lamp, he gets three wishes, and the djinni wishes to be free. It’s a pretty standard genie story that is very predictable but still manages to be sweet. There is a little humor as the genie tries to figure out 21st century life. After a while, though, it got a little tiring. “What happens to you once I make my third wish?” As a positive, for a young adult story with mild hints of romance, there was no instalove and I found that to be refreshing. The connection between James and…

  • YA Fantasy Book Reviews

    The Witch of Duva

    I had been meaning to get around to reading something by Leigh Bardugo due to her popularity in the YA community. Though I had already picked up the original Grishaverse trilogy, I found this companion story on the Tor website and decided to give it a try. I am so happy that I stumbled across this short because I was honestly blown away. “There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls.” The Witch of Duva is a dark fantasy about a harsh winter and the mysterious disappearances of young girls in a small village. The tone of the story is overwhelmingly atmospheric as Duva was brought to…

  • Horror Book Reviews

    The Sign of the Beast

    What I admire most about Oates’ brand of suspenseful horror is that she truly understands the predatory nature of people. Mrs. S—— is definitely the predator in this case, taunting and teasing Howard mercilessly, making inappropriate comments about his physical development. The story seems very straightforward, that this Sunday school teacher is dressing provocatively to entice young Howard, but by the halfway point my assumptions were challenged. Similar to Miao Dao, The Sign of the Beast deals with the confusion and shame that comes with puberty and the sexual awakening of an adolescent. Howard feels embarrassed about the way he’s treated by Mrs. S—— yet finds himself desiring her sexually.…

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