Book Review: Yumi and the Nightmare Painter

Book Review: Yumi and the Nightmare Painter

I’ve been in a massive reading slump this year. Even books I’ve been anticipating or written by some of my favorite authors are difficult for me to finish. When my boyfriend told me that Yumi and the Nightmare Painter was inspired by one of my favorite video games of all time, Final Fantasy X, I decided to give it a try—I was immediately invested and read the entire book in […]

Posted April 13, 2024 in Book Reviews, Fantasy
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Book Review : How to Become the Dark Lord and Die Trying

Book Review : How to Become the Dark Lord and Die Trying

As a fan of author Django Wexler’s Burningblade and Silvereye trilogy, I was really excited to dig into How to Become the Dark Lord and Die Trying, which even had a spot on My Most Anticipated Books of 2024 list. It sounded like an absolute ride and a subversion of the tried-and-true trope of a character getting Isekai-ed into a new world and finding themselves designated as the Chosen One […]

Posted March 29, 2024 in ARCS, Book Reviews, Fantasy
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The Sephiroth Problem

The Sephiroth Problem

  If there’s one thing that really bothers me about Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, it’s the portrayal of Sephiroth. In the original game, players are constantly confronted with the aftermath of Sephiroth, not with Sephiroth himself constantly popping in to ask if you have time to hear about his Lord and Savior, Jenova. It’s hard to take this monstrously powerful man seriously, which is a big problem. I never thought […]

Posted March 22, 2024 in Games
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Book Review : A Letter to the Luminous Deep

Book Review : A Letter to the Luminous Deep

I really wanted to like A Letter to the Luminous Deep—the cover is lovely, the concept is unique, the characters are likable, and the epistolary style is immersive. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, but unfortunately, it was very difficult for me to even reach 34% of the way through the novel, let alone push through the rest of it. And it’s not because A […]

Posted March 8, 2024 in ARCS, Book Reviews, Fantasy
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Book Review : The Fireborne Blade

Book Review : The Fireborne Blade

The Fireborne Blade instantly sucked me into its world. I was immediately captured by the serious business of dragon-slaying, which was presented in alternating perspectives—one from woman knight Maddileh and one from the dragon slaying Bible of sorts jam packed with the experiences (and often, the untimely deaths) of other knights. The parts of the novella excerpted from this dragon slaying handbook really put me to mind of A Natural […]

Posted March 1, 2024 in ARCS, Book Reviews, Fantasy
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