When She Woke

When She Woke

In When She Woke, an antibiotic-resistant STD that gives men no symptoms but leaves women infertile and a nuclear terrorist attack on Los Angeles in near-future America have unleashed a social response so conservative that the United States has become a theocratic caricature of itself. Steep economic decline coupled with isolated technological advances and near-martial […]

The Female of The Species

The Female of The Species

I picked up Mindy McGinnis’ The Female of The Species because of its blurb on Amazon: Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a relentless and riveting contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives. A stunning, unforgettable page-turner. Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. Three […]

Attachments; Or: It Me

Attachments; Or: It Me

Attachments is the debut novel that kicked off a cult following for author Rainbow Rowell. It’s pretty simple love story with a very rom-commy meet-cute, but Rowell’s sarcastic humor and genuine human insight keep it miles away from the saccharine Nicholas Sparks bullshit it gets shelved with. Aside from Rowell’s writing talent, two things about this […]

The Lives of Tao; Or: Story Time With Andy Dwyer

The Lives of Tao; Or: Story Time With Andy Dwyer

The Lives of Tao is an action-adventure-sci-fi young adult book about a race of aliens whose enormous ship crash-landed on the planet 65 million years ago, causing the climatic changes that killed the dinosaurs. The aliens cannot live in our atmosphere, so they survive as symbionts in the bodies of animals, to whom they can […]

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

When Harry Potter came out in 1997, it was exactly the wrong time for me. I was too mature for the target demographic but not mature enough to realize there’s nothing wrong with enjoying books written for a younger audience. Plus there was the whole *magic* thing, but let’s not get started on my pearl-clutchy, uptight […]