Paper Princess » Book Review

Paper Princess » Book Review

I shouldn’t have enjoyed this book as much as I did, but it was a fun little traipse through the gutter.  “Gutter,” you say, Ellen?  Mightn’t that be a touch harsh?  Nah.  Ask the author to her face about whether or not Paper Princess is even moderate literature, and I bet she’d be like, “No, no, no. This book is just for funzees.” The novel is a rags-to-riches tale following Ella, a seventeen year-old who is a smart cookie, but also a… Read more »

Captive Prince » Series Review

Captive Prince » Series Review

What if a lion and panther met in the jungle?  There might be some vicious spats at first, but you know those big cats would wind up feeling admiration for the other.  Because although they’re intensely different creatures, each is a remarkable beast in his own way… Damianos, Prince of Akielos, is a hero to his countrymen.  He’s famous for his defeat of Auguste, the heir of a rival kingdom, on the field of battle. His skill in combat is… Read more »

Crimson Peak » Movie Review

Crimson Peak » Movie Review

“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.” — Mary Shelley Full disclosure — I love this movie.  I went to see Crimson Peak (2o15) in theaters twice and one of those times was on its opening day.  I knew I’d adore the film before I ever even saw it.  I mean, Guillermo del Toro, (Pan’s Labyrinth) doing a period, gothic horror? Shut up and take my money! Crimson Peak tells the story of a young American woman, Edith Cushing…. Read more »

Rebel of the Sands » Book Review

Rebel of the Sands » Book Review

I’ve been putting off this review because I have to eat crow while writing it… Rebel of the Sands is a great example of a book that starts off brightly, but fades with each turning page. Honestly, the first three chapters are about as good as you can get in YA — vivid characters, vivid setting, vivid language, and vivid promise… And so, you see, a month before Rebel of the Sands was released, I read the sampler package and called it then… Read more »

The Glittering Court » Book Review

The Glittering Court » Book Review

Aaah! I feel such conflict! Richelle Mead is such a hit or miss author with me, and for the first time, I feel unsure over one of her books. Did I love The Glittering Court or did I hate it? Neither. To really understand the book, you need to erase much of what the official synopsis is telling you.  It’s true, The Glittering Court is much like Kiera Cass’s book The Selection for about 1/2 of the time.  Not all of those bits in The Glittering Court were… Read more »

Undecided » Book Review

Undecided » Book Review

It’s no secret that I’ve been in a blue mood recently.  So Undecided, a fresh-of-the-presses NA romance was just what the doctor ordered. Before I begin my (all over the place) review, let me analyze the cover a little. I have lots of feminist rage in me, and one of my main combustion points is man-spreading.  You know, when you’re on mass-transit or the couch or whatever and the dude next to you spreads out his legs like he’s at a trip… Read more »

Summer Skin » Book Review

Summer Skin » Book Review

‘It’s not your fault,’ Farren assured her. ‘You’re going up against years of conditioning—this idea that for every woman there’s a singular male who will haunt her, fascinate her, for the rest of her life. Look, from the moment they start reading fairy stories to us, we’re encouraged to isolate ourselves, put ourselves in a tower, or in a deep sleep, hang out in our room at college, and wait for this mythical being to turn up.’ This quote is awesome…. Read more »

On Chesil Beach » Book Review

On Chesil Beach » Book Review

On Chesil Beach is a novelette by Ian McEwan, the esteemed author of Atonement.  I’ve never read Atonement, despite owning a copy of the book. However, from watching the movie, I figure that Atonement is about the biggest errors of people’s lives. Fitting in with that theme, On Chesil Beach is also about life-altering mistakes. The novelette follows Florence and Edward, young newlyweds on the first night of their honeymoon, in 1962.  They’re both virgins, but the couple have wildly different views on sex.  Edward is typical, highly anticipating… Read more »

I’m Not Dead, Just Depressed

I’m Not Dead, Just Depressed

Guh, it’s been over a month since I posted.  How horrible, I mean, I pay for the privilege of domain. I’ve still been reading, but way WAY less. It’s so hard to balance it with all the other things I can’t do. I’m going to try to post more.

Us » Book Review

Us » Book Review

Us is the sequel to Him, a dual M/M romance effort by authors Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. If you remember, I loved Him very, very much. It was the first M/M romance I’d ever read, and it’s safe to say that reading Him opened up the floodgates.  I actively seek diverse romances now, and I have Bowen and Kennedy to thank. I started reading Us about an hour and a half after it came out, at 1:35 am.  Literally, I woke up at 1:35 in the morning,… Read more »