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Why You Need to Listen to: “The Original”

The Original By: Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal                Audiobook: 3 hours 24 minutes Released: September 14, 2020                                                       Narrated by: Julia Whelan Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller             Have you ever listened to any audio story or audio narrative without the text or any visuals to follow along to? I believe the most familiar example of this would be Peter and… Continue reading Why You Need to Listen to: “The Original”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Cerulean Queen”

The Nine Realms #4: The Cerulean Queen By: Sarah Kozloff Published: April 21, 2020 Genre: Fantasy             I am Cerúlia, the daughter of the late, brave Queen Cressa the Enchanter and the heroic Lord Ambrice.              I. Am. Your. Queen, (Chapter Five).             When the end of a story draws near, there lies a range of emotion from sadness to anxiousness.… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Cerulean Queen”

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Why You Need to Read: "A Broken Queen"

The Nine Realms #3: A Broken Queen By: Sarah Kozloff Published: March 24, 2020 Genre: Fantasy NOTE: There are minor spoilers for the previous books in the series. You have been warned.              …sure that she was dying with her task unfulfilled, her people condemned to suffering, and the line of Nargis Queens judging her harshly, (Chapter Nine, “Aboard Island… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: "A Broken Queen"

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Why You Need to Read: “Realm of Ash”

The Books of Ambha: #2: Realm of Ash By: Tasha Suri Published: November 12, 2019 Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Coming-of-Age NOTE: Some minor spoilers from Empire of Sand. You have been warned.              “My blood—my Amrithi blood in this loyal Ambhan body—is part of the curse. But it’s also part of the cure. I just don’t know how. But the… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Realm of Ash”

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Why You Need to Read: “Daughter from the Dark”

Daughter from the Dark By: Marina and Sergey Dyachenko Published: 2006 in Russian; February 11, 2020 in English Translated by: Julia Meitov Hersey Genre: Metaphysical/Speculative Fiction/Psychological             Aspirin had to admit—he was his own worst enemy. He’d brought it on himself: the first time when he did not leave the girl alone where she was, and… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Daughter from the Dark”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Deep”

The Deep By: Rivers Solomon; with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes Published: November 5, 2019 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Folklore/Historical Fantasy             “Our mothers were pregnant two-legs thrown overboard while crossing the ocean on slave ships. We were born breathing water as we did in the womb. We built our home on the sea floor, unaware of… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Deep”

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Why You Need to Read: “War Girls”

War Girls #1: War Girls By: Tochi Onyebuchi Published: October 15, 2019 Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian Fiction/Historical Fiction/Young Adult             Their resources. The blue minerals buried beneath Onyii’s feet and, farther out, beneath the ocean floor. This is what the Nigerians are killing Biafrans for. Not a morning passes that Onyii doesn’t think about setting charges to those things… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “War Girls”

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Review of Season One of “His Dark Materials”

Season one of His Dark Materials, based on The Northern Lights/The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman has completed its run on the BBC and on HBO, and they didn’t alter the ending! Overall, season one was a great adaptation to the books and some of the “fillers” worked well for the narrative that was presented to the audience.… Continue reading Review of Season One of “His Dark Materials”

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TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials: Betrayal”

The season finale of Season One begins with both Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel—Lyra’s parents—preparing for what they’ve been planning for since the first episode. The former is planning to kill Lord Asriel under the orders of the Magisterium, and the latter is planning something that involves the aurora—a.k.a. the northern lights—and this involves his… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials: Betrayal”

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Why You Need to Read: “Darkdawn”

The Nevernight Chronicle: #3: Darkdawn By: Jay Kristoff Published: September 3, 2019 Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark, Historical Fantasy, Folklore NOTE: This review contains spoilers from both Nevernight and Godsgrave.             Goddess, if only we’d known what she’d become…(Chapter 33, Wellspring).              Darkdawn is the stunning conclusion to The Nevernight Chronicle. Jay Kristoff gives his readers a blood-soaked conclusion to his antiheroine that rivals… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Darkdawn”