Bookish Musings: High School in Real Life vs. High School in Books

If you read my reviews, you've probably noticed that I don't read many YA books set in high schools. And the reason I am so hesitant to read them anymore is because I can't stand all the typical high school tropes. And it's not just books that do this, it's movies and shows too. I've joked before about how I must've had a different high school experience than most authors, but it has reached the...
 

Book Review: Bleed Through by Adriana Arrington

Liam thinks his schizophrenia is mostly under control and that he's close to finally being independent, but then he starts seeing strange paranormal visions, like one of a murder that may or may not have really happened. Convinced his meds are causing the new visions, he stops taking them, but as his symptoms get worse and he gets more wrapped up in the murder, Liam struggles to figure out what's...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring New York City

When I was a kid, I always wanted to go to New York. I don't know if I'd ever actually want to live there, but I finally got to go there when I was 16 or so, for two days on a family vacation, and yes, I loved it just as much as I thought I would. Unfortunately that's the only time I've ever been. Anyway, New York, it turns out, is an awesome topic for book covers! And, because I'm a...
 

Book Review: Garden of Thorns (House of Royals Book 6) by Keary Taylor

It's been years since the battle in Mississippi, and Elle finally has a life of her own away from her brother and the House of Conrath, though she still hasn't entirely escaped a life involving vampires as she now administers the cure to Bittens out of her apothecary in Boston. But when trouble with Charles Allaway and his House start brewing, Lexington (from Alivia's House) moves in as a...
 

Book Review: Broken (Beautiful Monsters Book 3) by Jex Lane

Matthew has been through a lot without losing hope or the desire to keep fighting, but his latest situation pushes him to his breaking point, and his body starts to decay right before his very eyes. Aside from getting the free life that he wants, Tarrick is the only thing that might be able to stop the decay, but Matthew doesn't know if he can trust him, and his presence just might make things...
 

Book Review: Sparrow Man (Sparrow Man Book 1) by M. R. Pritchard

When people everywhere start turning into zombies, Meg escapes from jail, where she only went in the first place because she took the responsibility for a crime her fiance committed, and heads for a place in Kingston where she and he agreed to meet. But along the way she finds Sparrow, a quirky man with an obsession for collecting feathers whose only goal is to get to an old barn where a snowy...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Elephants

A lot of the covers I found this week aren't my usual type of covers, and I'm pretty sure quite a few of them aren't sci-fi/fantasy, but elephants is just an awesome topic! So I wanted to join in anyway. You know, I always say I have a story for everything, but it turns out I do not have any stories about elephants. I mean, I've read some interesting/funny/awesome things involving elephants in...
 

Book Review: Gospel of the Forgotten (The Immortal Coil Book 3) by J. Armand

Just when Dorian thinks he's getting his life under control, it gets upended once again by the appearance of Lyle and a team of people trying to keep the peace between humans and supernaturals who go by PROJECT: UNITY. Working together, Dorian, Noah, and the team discover the true horrors behind a shady pharmaceutical company, as well as the darkness within the human race and possibly their own...
 

Bookish Musings: Realism in Books – Basic Necessities

Food. Water. Shelter. Bathrooms. There are a few basic things that we humans need in order to survive, and a few other things that might not be entirely necessary but that we'd definitely notice if they weren't available. Generally in contemporary books, these things are common and available and not an issue. But what about books set in the past? Dystopian books? Post-apocalyptic books? Books in...
 

Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels – Sex Criminals Vol. 1, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Day Men Vol. 1

In Sex Criminals Vol. 1, a woman who stops time when she orgasms finally meets a man who can do the same. In The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a naive couple finds themselves in a creepy mansion when they try to get out of the rain. In Day Men Vol. 1, David, the man who protects a family of vampires during the day, finds himself in the middle of the start of a war between two vampire families. Enjoy...