The novel A Song Below Water, by Bethany C. Morrow, is a YA urban fantasy story revolving around two young women living in Portland, Oregon. The novel creates lore that takes some liberties with real-world mythos to create a story about race and about being unashamed of one’s identity. The novel’s main allure in regards … More Setting Study: A Song Below Water
I will admit that, as a reader, I tend not to care much about an author unless I find that I really enjoy their work. It’s the book covers and the synopses that I judge a book by to determine if I want to read it. Well, that, and the title. Yet I don’t need … More New Additions to my TBR List: Supporting Black Authors
I recently watched an old youtube podcast involving three hosts talk about fantasy. (For the intensely curious: The Story Telling Podcast #16: Writing Fantasy) It was clear that they were not particularly well-versed in the genre, and to be fair it was back from 2013. However, as I listened to them try to to define … More What is Fantasy?
After my slow progress through the Wheel of Time series–which, never fear, I’m still reading!–let me tell you: I forgot how exhilarating it can be to read an entire book in less than a day. I got a week off of work to spend some time with my family, during which time I finished Lord … More February Reading Reflections: Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater