Bookish Musings: Why Readers Like Characters Who Have Done Awful Things (+ Some Thoughts on The Vampire Chronicles)

The creation of this post has been a curvy path. The original idea came about because of something in The Vampire Chronicles. It got me thinking, so I ended up writing a post about whether rape in books can ever be forgivable. But then I ended up on this whole tangent of why readers might still like a character who has done something bad or seemingly unforgivable. So I decided, instead of...
 

Book Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me Book 1) by Tahereh Mafi

When Juliette touches people, it hurts and sometimes kills them, and she has no control over it. At 14, she was taken from her parents and eventually ended up being left to die in an asylum, watching through her one window as the world outside continued to collapse. But then a boy is put into her cell with her, she finds out things she never knew, and she's given a chance to live a better life......
 

Update: Life and Books (2/25/18)

I considered not posting today because I've not been feeling great, but this post was already mostly finished. Anyway, it turns out the eye strain I've had is merely a symptom of something else since I've been having a lot of problems. The problem is, I haven't been able to pinpoint the actual cause. Usually it's a new food or vitamin or something like that, but it could be literally almost...
 

Bookish Musings: Top 5 Strangest Book Reviews I’ve Written

I like to think of this post as proof that a) you really don't need to write "professional" reviews to have a book blog, and b) positive reviews can in fact be fun! I also like finding ways to continue talking about great books that I totally recommend and think people should read, since oftentimes books just get forgotten after the review is posted, and this seemed like a good way to do...
 

Book Review: The Devil’s Revolver (The Devil’s Revolver Book 1) by V.S. McGrath

When Hettie's sister is taken, Hettie is determined to get her back, but she soon finds out there are a lot of secrets surrounding her family that she never knew about, including a powerful cursed revolver that ends up in her possession. Hettie doesn't know who she can trust, but she soon finds herself with a posse of sorts and will do whatever it takes to get to her...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Disability

I've been wanting to do this post for a while since I talk a lot about disability in books on my blog and have the list of sci-fi/fantasy books with disability and everything, but let me tell you, there are NOT a lot of book covers out there that show any sort of visible disability on them. Especially sci-fi/fantasy books, which is what I like to focus on. A lot of disabilities are invisible, and...
 

Book Review: Apocalypse Alley (Blue Unicorn Book 2) by Don Allmon

When Comet, a soldier, gets home from an assignment out of the country, he discovers that his friend JT's home has been attacked, and JT is missing. He finds Buzz among the wreckage, takes him prisoner, and the two end up traveling across the country to find their mutual friend. Being hunted down by assassins on their way is no surprise, but developing feelings for one another...
 

Book Recs: 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books with No Romance

In honor of Valentine's Day, I have decided to make a post for all the people out there who are NOT looking for love! Well, not in books, at least ;-) Romance in books is great. I like it. I really do! But, on occasion, I'm just not in the mood for it. And a book doesn't have to have romance to be amazing! I can't promise there's not a single mention of romance or feelings in all of these,...
 

Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels – iZombie Vol. 2, Whispers Vol. 1, Sex Criminals Vol. 2

In iZombie Vol. 2, zombie girl Gwen eats the brain of someone she used to know as a child and finds out some things she forgot about her own life while her were-terrier friend attempts to reconcile with his grandfather. In Whispers Vol. 1, a guy with OCD discovers he can travel in a ghost-like form separate from his body as he sleeps and manipulate people's thoughts. In Sex Criminals Vol. 2, Jon...