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Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Genre : YA FantasyDate Published : February 9th, 2016Publisher : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life… Continue reading Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Book Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Genre : Fantasy/Sci-Fi/GothicDate Published : September 10, 2019Publisher : Tor.com Publishing Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape.… Continue reading Book Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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Book Review: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Genre : Fantasy FictionDate Published : March 12, 2019Publisher : Grove Press HAPPY MONDAY! Following in Emory's footsteps, I'm starting off my review with a synopsis provided by the publisher: Set in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian peninsula, The Bird King is the story of Fatima, the only remaining Circassian concubine… Continue reading Book Review: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

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Book Review: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Genre : YA Fantasy / RomanceDate Published : July 9, 2019Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers Hello! This week I'm trying out a slightly different review format. Writing book synopses always gives me major anxiety, so this week I'm starting out with the synopsis provided by the publisher, then jumping straight into my review!… Continue reading Book Review: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

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Book Review | Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Book 1, by Diana Wynne Jones

Genre : Fantasy FictionDate Published : 1977Publisher : Macmillan Publishers Now that September is here (even if it is still 85 degrees in DC), I found myself wanting to read a book for this week's review that made me think of Autumn. I was browsing my bookshelf when the perfect book jumped out at me… Continue reading Book Review | Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Book 1, by Diana Wynne Jones

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Book Review: The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza (translated by Suzanne Jill Levine & Aviva Kana)

Genre : Speculative FictionDate Published : October 1st, 2018Publisher : Dorothy Whew! Summer is winding down and because of the holiday weekend I finally feel like I can breathe a little. The last few months have been fairly chaotic - I started another part-time job, moved houses, visited family, and got a promotion at the… Continue reading Book Review: The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza (translated by Suzanne Jill Levine & Aviva Kana)

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Book Review | Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin

Genre : FictionDate Published : January 18th, 2019Publisher : Riverhead Books In what is clearly becoming a pattern, I once again heard about this book in one of my classes. My professor described it as a collection of very unsettling, but beautiful short stories, and one of my classmates turned around to look at me… Continue reading Book Review | Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin

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Writing Community: Writing Groups

Being a writer can, at times, feel like a very isolating and lonely pursuit. As a writer you’re going to spend many long, uninterrupted hours brainstorming, plotting, reading, making coffee, editing, procrastinating, and maybe (on a good day) even writing a little. But the most important writerly habit I’ve learned this year is the importance… Continue reading Writing Community: Writing Groups

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The Publishing World: Grad School and Internships

For the blog post this week, I'm switching things up a little! Last week, I officially finished up my first year of grad school at George Washington University (and because of my finals/workload I may or may not have skipped out on reading the book I was supposed to read for a review lol). So… Continue reading The Publishing World: Grad School and Internships