Down the TBR Hole #2

Down the TBR hole is a weekly meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around clearing out all the books on your TBR you’re never going to read anyway. I’ll let Lia describe how it works:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

~ Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.

~ Order on ascending date added.

~ Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.

~ Read the synopses of the books

~ Decide: keep it or should it go?

My TBR has increased in size since my last post, even after removing the three books I decided weren’t worth keeping on there. Oops? Also, enjoy my slightly different formatting of the book covers from last week because WordPress is a nightmare when it comes to aligning anything off-centre.

Down the TBR Hole

#1: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson #5) by Rick Riordan

4502507I’ve always planned to get back to the Percy Jackson series. I remember being hugely fond of Percy’s narrative voice. It is a bit younger than my usual reading tastes, but I think the voice and the cool mythological shit is enough to compensate for that. Besides, I love Nico and wanna get to the spinoff series eventually.

I also own this book so that’s an easy decision. I like easy decisions. You don’t get those every day.

Verdict: Stay

#2: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson #4) by Rick Riordan

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Don’t ask why I added this to my Goodreads chronologically after I added the last book in the series. I don’t know. It was a long time ago and I had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t.

I think my decision for this one will be self-evident given the previous entry.

Verdict: Stay

#3: The Dead Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #2) by Carrie Ryan

6555517This is part of a trilogy I started reading as a teen. I think one of my friends enjoyed the first book or something. I do remember liking the first book, but I probably wouldn’t now. I’ve taken this book off my shelf and stuck it in my GET AWAY FROM ME pile because I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading it, but I am fighting some nostalgia.

Knowing how my tastes have changed, however, I don’t think it’s worth hanging onto this one. I kind of feel like I’m letting the last vestiges of my youth fly away from me or something, but I’ve got to be realistic here.

Verdict: Go

#4: The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #3) by Carrie Ryan

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This is the final part of that trilogy the previous book is from. I suppose if I ever get hit with such an irresistible wave of nostalgia that I absolutely must read these, I can probably find them at the library. I’ll most likely forget about them once they’re off my TBR and out of the house, though.

Verdict: Go

#5: The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

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As much as Maggie annoys me these days (*cough*bicho raro*cough*), I do have fond memories of enjoying her writing. It’s been a while since I’ve read anything of hers. However, I own the entirety of this series and hey there’s queer rep even though it’s not ownvoices. It’s not a priority, but I do plan to finish the series eventually. I can’t see myself bothering to review it, though, unless I’m really desperate for blog material.

Verdict: Stay

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Ten Favourite YA Book Covers

I’ve had the embryo of this post saved in my drafts forever and finally found the brainpower to actually write it.

Seeing the cover is often the first interaction a potential reader will have with a book. Cover reveals are a big deal on bookish social media and a great way to generate interest prior to release. And who doesn’t like looking at cool designs?

I have a lot of trouble picking favourites and always feel like I’m forgetting something, so let’s just say these are ten of my favourite YA book covers but not necessarily an exhaustive list. I’m also sticking to books I’ve read or own, which makes me feel a little less guilty about potentially forgetting something.

Ten Favourite YA Books Covers

These are in alphabetical order, not order of preference.

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While 27 Hours has its flaws (see review), the cover is not one of them. It fits the great descriptions found in the book and gives off the perfect otherworldly vibe.

I like Another Word for Happy‘s cover because it’s really cute and gives some clues about the story inside. I haven’t read it yet, but will definitely get around to it since I’m reading it for the Book by an Author of Colour square for Diversity Bingo.

How to Make a Wish‘s cover gives the perfect vibe for the relationship between Grace and Eva. They spend so much of their time by the water, and that’s actually where they first meet. Here’s my review of this book.

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The UK cover for Now I Rise captures the darkness within Lada, one of the two protagonists in this story about a female version of Vlad the Impaler. I also really liked painted book covers.

Shadowshaper‘s cover is just… so cool. It’s great to see a POC on the cover of a book. I don’t know much about Shadowshaper (yet), but you definitely get an urban fantasy vibe looking at this.

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Both of the covers for The Hate U Give are amazing, but this is the one that I have. It’s always great to see a black girl on the cover of a book. The paperback cover (pictured here) doesn’t have the protest image that the hardcover does, but it’s still gorgeous to look at. This is my review of the book.

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is a dystopian novel with an Aboriginal Australian protagonist, written by a Palyku author. This cover has such a cool mysterious vibe, which fits the novel wonderfully because I had no goddamn idea what was going on half the time… in a good way. Here’s my review.

I really like the cover artist who is apparently assigned to Julia Ember’s books at Harmony Ink Press. I’m really into the watercolour style used for Unicorn Tracks and other novels she is publishing with them. Review here.

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The When Dimple Met Rishi cover is so bright and sunny. I love the colour scheme. It’s lovely to see an Indian-American girl on the cover… as well as the infamous coffee that features within the story itself. This is my review of the book.

Wild Beauty is quite possibly my favourite YA cover of all time. Definitely my fave of the 2017 releases and small online images really don’t do it justice. The physical cover is even better because the flowers are embossed on the dustcover.


Clearly, there are some other amazing YA book covers out there, but if I tried to find all of them, I would never have time for anything else. Books like The Gallery of Unfinished Girls also have amazing covers, but I deliberately stuck to ones I have read or own in some form just to make things easier on myself.

What are some of your favourite YA book covers?

Review: Ripped Pages by M. Hollis

ripped pagesPrincess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.

Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

Ripped Pages is a Rapunzel F/F retelling in the format of a novelette

I received an ARC from the author, who did not put any obligations upon ARC readers to write a review but appreciates those who do.

Details at a glance:

Title: Ripped Pages

Series/Standalone: Standalone

Author: M. Hollis

Genre: Fantasy retelling. I’m putting it in the YA section of my review directory because of the teen protagonist but it doesn’t really matter.

First published: 2017

Format: e-ARC

Pairings: F/F, M/M (side romance)

Sexual content: None

Rep: Lesbian MC, queer LI attracted to multiple genders, two queer male side characters

Ownvoices: Author does not consider her work ownvoices

Content warnings: emotional abuse, forced imprisonment, child abandonment, minor violence, trauma recovery — as per Hollis’s trigger warning section at the start of the book.


RIPPED PAGES is, obviously, a Rapunzel retelling and the writing style emulates that of a traditional fairytale. As such, it’s a short read. I could’ve knocked it over in a single sitting if I hadn’t been hellishly tired at the time.

In keeping with the fairytale form, the writing is very simplistic and there is a lot of telling rather than showing. This is a feature, not a bug, due to the style it is emulating.

The story starts with Princess Valentina as a child and races through much of her early childhood with an abusive father. The first part of the story is primarily time skips, which can be a little disconcerting.

The F/F is a slow burn that forms a thin thread throughout the story. The focus is on Valentina’s journey from an abused child to an almost-woman. I would’ve liked a little more development in places, especially with throwaway details like a supporting character’s injury that’s never really explained, but it’s not a deal-breaker for me.

My fellow bisexuals, and other multi-attracted folk, should be aware that while it’s clear the love interest is attracted to multiple genders, no label is used. However, Hollis does use labels in other works.

This is a cute little story with a focus on recovering from trauma and learning to be your true self. That’s what it is, and all it needs to be. While it’s not my favourite of Hollis’s work, I found it to be a nice break from longer, more complicated novels.

WWW Wednesday

Hi! It’s Wednesday evening in Aus so let’s get cracking.

WWW Wednesday is hosted by The Little Book Owl and asks three questions:

  1. What Are You Currently Reading?
  2. What Did You Recently Finish Reading?
  3. What Do You Plan on Reading Next?

What are you currently reading?

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I got approved! I technically haven’t started it quite yet but I plan to start tonight. So, in the meantime, let’s just drool over the cover.

I am ready for the queerness. Let’s go.

What did you recently finish reading?

ripped pagesI just finished my advance reader’s copy of M. Hollis’s RIPPED PAGES. I will write a full review soon.

As you can see from the cover, it’s a Rapunzel retelling, which has a f/f relationship at its heart. It’s a short novellette written in the form of a fairytale, so it’s very simplistic but it’s a nice palate-cleansing read in between longer and more complicated books.

What do you plan on reading next?

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I think I’m in the mood for this one next. I’ve already rambled on about the fact I was tossing up about this and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR. I don’t think I’m quite ready for that one yet.

Review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

28526192Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

I received a copy from Netgalley, with help from Entangled’s publicity department, in exchange for an honest review. Full disclosure: Tristina and I currently follow each other on Twitter and I’m friendly with one of her close friends.

I’ve been excited to get my hands on a copy of 27 HOURS for months. While parts of it did live up to expectations, other parts did not. I liked the writing style, some of the rep and the characters, but other things did not sit quite right with me.

Details at a glance:

Title: 27 Hours

Series/Standalone: Series

Author: Tristina Wright

Genre: YA Science Fiction

First published: 2017

Format: e-ARC

Pairings: F/F, M/M, M/NB (background romance)

Sexual content: Steamy in places, those are definitely NSFW

Rep: Brown mixed-race (Indian, Nigerian, Portuguese–which is generally considered white) bi male MC with PTSD and panic attacks, Deaf pansexual Cuban female MC, gay MC, asexual MC with two mums, Afrolatina bi trans girl LI, gay supporting character, supporting character using they/them pronouns

Ownvoices: Yes for bisexuality.

Content warnings: PTSD, panic attacks, blood and gore, incorrect definition of asexuality, conflation of asexuality and aromanticism, possible aromantic erasure, colonialist writing, white saviourism, ableist language of the intelligence-based variety, fantasy equivalent of a “good” marginalised person being martyred


So, 27 HOURS is a very diverse book. All the protagonists, and most of the other characters, are queer–including multiple bisexuals, gay characters, a pansexual girl, an asexual guy and a trans girl. There is a character with very obvious PTSD and other characters that seem to show signs of it as well, and one of the characters is Deaf. The book also has a number of POC, but that’s not handled as well as it could have been.

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Discussing Bisexuality in Books AND IN LIFE

Since it’s Bisexual Visibility Month and I’m annoyed with the world again for multiple reasons including the goddamn marriage equality postal vote in Australia, I present to you a post. It’s long. I’m sorry.

This is primarily aimed at discussing the content of books with bisexual protagonists, but some parts will apply to other marginalised groups, and to life in general because people are dicks everywhere.

Before we go further, a reminder: I use the term bimisia to talk about hostile attitudes towards bisexuality, because -misia = hatred or dislike. You can also use the suffix for other forms of aggression such as homomisia, amisia (anti-asexual) or aromisia (anti-aromantic). The -phobia suffix used to talk about bigotry can harm people with actual phobias, and also often obfuscates the reality of bigoted attitudes that are typically described using it anyway.

With the housekeeping out of the way, let’s get talking.

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There are some common traps for readers discussing bi books, and queer books in general. These stem from the dominant and INCORRECT societal attitudes about queerness. I am probably going to swear a lot. Because I’m in a pissy mood.

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WWW Wednesday

So, I literally just found out about this because I am incredibly unobservant. Or I have seen it and just forgot. Either is possible.

WWW Wednesday is hosted by The Little Book Owl and asks three questions:

  1. What Are You Currently Reading?
  2. What Did You Recently Finish Reading?
  3. What Do You Plan on Reading Next?

I probably won’t do this every week because I’m not the fastest reader in the world, but who cares? Let’s go:

What are you currently reading?

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I am 27% of the way through 27 HOURS. The percentage is a coincidence, I swear.

By now, I’ve gotten a bit of everyone POV (I think?) and I’m enjoying the story and the queerness. There are a few things that are bothering me about it, such as the definition of asexuality not seeming quite right, and there have been hints of the colonialist problems that other reviewers have mentioned. I’m thinking this will probably end up being a three-star read. Enjoyable so far, but the problems are distracting.

What did you recently finish reading?

 

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I recently finished THE TIGER’S WATCH by Julia Ember. I wasn’t as into it as I would’ve liked to be, but it was interesting enough that I might consider reading the sequel when the time comes, especially since the POV character in the sequel is the one I probably liked the most. Here’s my review.

What do you plan on reading next?

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I need to shrink my physical TBR a bit before I get onto more ebooks.

Because 27 HOURS is so long, it’s so hard for me to even think about the next book. I’m tossing up between SHADOWSHAPER and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR. I’m also thinking about requesting WILD BEAUTY on Netgalley but I probably won’t get accepted since I’m outside the United States.

I’m most in the mood for WILD BEAUTY, but I’m gonna operate as if I’m not going to be approved. Of the other two, I’m more in the mood for SHADOWSHAPER at the moment, but TSIAAS has become a whole lot topical since one of the protagonists is on the brink of deportation.

Assuming I don’t get WILD BEAUTY, maybe I’ll go with SHADOWSHAPER because of my mood and read THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR right afterwards. We’ll see how I feel about reading more SFF right away after finishing 27 HOURS.

Down the TBR Hole #1

Like most Goodreads users, I tend to add books to my TBR like a kid at an all-you-can-eat buffet. And, like that kid which totally wasn’t me as a child, my eyes are bigger then my stomach… brain… whatever.

Down the TBR hole is a weekly meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around clearing out all the books on your TBR you’re never going to read anyway. I’ll let Lia describe how it works:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

~ Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.

~ Order on ascending date added.

~ Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.

~ Read the synopses of the books

~ Decide: keep it or should it go?

Because I’m a coward, I’m going with 5 books. We all know how bad I am at sticking to a schedule, so it probably won’t end up being a weekly thing, but let’s see how I go. Maybe I’ll surprise everyone, including myself.

Anyway… I have 391 books on my TBR, so let’s do this.

Down the TBR Hole

#1: The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker #2) by Paolo Bacigalupi

12814594I read the first Ship Breaker book years ago as a teen. It’s been a while, so I don’t remember the exact details. All I know is I liked it at the time and there’s a bit of nostalgia involved, but my tastes have changed dramatically over the last few years.

Let’s be honest: this sequel has been on my TBR since 2011 and I haven’t given it a moment’s thought until just now. I don’t even own it. I have enough books to read as it is, and the ones I own already are enough to carry me through until early next year at least, and those books aren’t based on my years-old tastes.

Verdict: Go

#2: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

7260188I can’t remember how old I was when I read the first two books in the Hunger Games trilogy. Pretty sure I was a teen then, as well.

I wasn’t really into Mockingjay the last time I tried to read it years ago. However, I already own the book and I read the first two books in the trilogy. I mean, come on. At some point, I have got to finish what I start.

I can’t promise I’ll get to it any time soon, but I’ve managed to remain (mostly) unspoiled and do want to know how a well-known book series ends. A lot of my own story ideas are series themselves, so… you know. It would actually help to see how various writers tie things up.

Verdict: Stay

#3: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon #1) by Alison Goodman

2986865Another book on my TBR from when I was a teen. And another one I own and just never got around to reading.

I’ve heard some mixed opinions of the book over the years. I think Daisy’s review from 2016 is a fairly balanced example of this. I’m pretty sure there’s also been some debate about the portayal of a trans woman in the stories but my brain was frying a little bit as I tried to sift through reviews. The wordbuilding apparently is a little questionable in the way it uses Asian influences, which is a red flag.

If I didn’t already own this book, it would be off my TBR in a heartbeat because I’m not wasting money or time at the library getting my hands on it. However, I already do own it, so I think it’s worth keeping for when I have a reasonable reading lull to take a stab at it. If I hate it, I can get rid of it.

Verdict: Stay (for now)

#4: Eona: The Last Dragoneye (Eon #2) by Alison Goodman

10644472Pretty much everything that I said about Eon holds true for this one. If I really hate the first book in this duology, I’ll get rid of this one. I’m not one to DNF very often, however, so that’s an extreme situation. I do tend to finish reading books, even if I hate them with every soul in my body.

(Sidenote: Don’t be like me. It’s a real time-waster but I constantly feel bad if I don’t finish books I start reading, even if I hate them.)

But since I already own both books, they may as well stay on my TBR for the moment for when I have the time and energy to take a stab at them.

Verdict: Stay (for now)

#5: Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix

1042542I’m think this is one of the books I pulled off my shelves to unhaul recently. I bought it ages ago, back in the days when I actually could make impulse purchases. This is before I got pickier about the books I decide to read. Going to my local bookstore is a pain in the butt because they rarely stock diverse books, and the ones they do are usually ones I’ve already read or don’t actually feel like reading.

I was probably influenced by a friend in high school who read Garth Nix books and seemed to like them.

I just don’t really care about this one. Bye.

Verdict: Go

 

Review: The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

28489382Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest… and rather late review. Sorry!

I really enjoyed Julia’s debut, UNICORN TRACKS, so I’ve been pretty excited to see more of her work, though I’ve been a bit snowed under with other books this year so I’ve had limited time to do that. Julia’s also really lucked out with her cover artist at Harmony Ink Press. Love the watercolour designs.

Details at a glance:

Title: The Tiger’s Watch

Series/Standalone: Series (Book 1 of Ashes of Gold)

Author: Julia Ember

Genre: YA Fantasy

First published: 2017

Format: e-ARC

Pairings: M/NB

Sexual content: Sex scene, not explicit

Rep: Genderfluid MC, worldbuilding and characters based on Asian cultures (I think Thim is based on Bhutanese culture and the Myeik seem to have been coded Chinese)

Ownvoices: No. (Author is a cis bi white woman.)

Content warnings: forced closeting and misgendering, implied rape threats, graphic violence


I have mixed feelings about this book, in all honesty. How much I liked it swung wildly throughout the entire read.

The thing that really shines through in THE TIGER’S WATCH is the worldbuilding. This is something I consider to be a strength of Julia’s from what I’ve read of her stuff before, so this should come as no surprise. I enjoy her brand of worldbuilding that introduces words and concepts that require figuring out through context rather than handholding for every single thing. When there were explanatory paragraphs, I felt they were necessary and didn’t detract from the story.

However, I don’t think enough time was given to explain why exactly one culture, Myeik, was invading the other, Thim. It seems that Myeik has a resource shortage but you never really get a sense that they’re desperate enough to invade a neighbour they haven’t had problems with before. To be perfectly honest, most of the Myeik characters were a bunch of dicks. I’m including Xian in that, and he was the least dickish of them all. I got the feeling we were starting to get some nuance about both countries strengths and flaws as the story progressed, but it never really got to a point where I would actually call it balanced.

I found some of the writing a bit clumsy in places. It wasn’t a constant thing, but I would occasionally get pulled out of the story by a weird collection of sentences or unnecessary additions that belaboured an already clear point. This levelled out as the story progressed.

We probably could’ve done without forcing Tashi, the genderfluid protagonist, to go into the closet and allow misgendering near the start of the book, especially since it turned out to be unnecessary anyway. I cannot begin to describe how relieved I was that we wouldn’t have to deal with that for the entirety of the book.

My opinion of Tashi as a character varied wildly throughout the story. I try to give characters some leniency when they make bad decisions or get on my nerves, but hoo boy. There were some bad decisions, like, beyond what I could justify. Other times, I completely sympathised with what they were going through and understood why they did certain things. The big plot-changing one, though, I feel was a little weak in its justification. All the reasons were given, but something about it just didn’t seem quite right. Tashi did manage to tug on my heartstrings sometimes, but just as often I wanted to shake them and make them get their act together.

At least I really liked their friend, Pharo, and the fact he seems to be the protagonist for the sequel does improve my chances of deciding to keep reading the series. I was also really fond of Tashi’s bonded tiger, Katala.

I mentioned Xian above and I want to get into him a little more. He is a compelling character, in his complexity–or just plan hypocrisy–regarding the fact he can be cruel to strangers and then turn around and say “I’d never do that to you” to someone he likes, even though that person isn’t all that different from his victims. That was an interesting thing to see, and I definitely sympathised with him at times of family crisis. I wanted to shake him a lot because he’s a dick, but at least he was interesting to read. And the blurb is a little misleading regarding how much of a romantic interest he actually is at this point, which was a huge relief to me because Tashi needs some better judgment at least some of the time.

So, THE TIGER’S WATCH was a compelling read, as much as it frustrated me at times. This review probably sounds more negative than I mean it to, but there were definitely things I liked about the story. I may decide to read the sequel when it comes out, because Pharo.

August Book Haul

August was an uncharacteristically large haul for me. I don’t read at a lightning pace and do occasionally have to think about the existence of money as a concept. I somehow got my hands on ten books despite this. I bought three from the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, three from a bookstore visit with Trish and Tasha, three in a book swap with them, and got one e-ARC from Netgalley.

This gets long, so I’m going to put part of it under a cut.

Bookstore Finds

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn—and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

Yes, I finally bought the damn thing. I don’t have the time to read it yet, though, between ARCs and Diversity Bingo.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

32601841Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

I have been told there is gayness involved in this book, but I haven’t found any reviews that mention it. Even if there is no gay, at least the reviews do seem to point towards it not being a tropey m/f romance, despite what the blurb implies.

Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin

32129370Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer. Nevo was not born in the wrong body. Nevo just wants everyone to catch up with all that Nevo is. Personal, political and passionate, Finding Nevo is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it.

This one has been on my radar for a while. It’s a memoir by an Australian non-binary person who has inhabited different queer identities over the years, depending on what felt right at the time.

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