The Fifth Day of Christmas: A Gathering of Shadows

Okay, now that we’ve been sufficiently impressed with one sequel to a really popular book, time for a disappointment. I am of course speaking of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, which happened to combine three major things that I hate. And unfortunately, the writing and characters weren’t enough to save it. Two mutually… Continue reading The Fifth Day of Christmas: A Gathering of Shadows

The Fourth Day of Christmas: Crooked Kingdom

I decided to read Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo after being moderately impressed with Six of Crows, and being kind of dragged into the imagination of the Shadow and Bone Netflix series. Having vaguely known that Crooked Kingdom had something to do with the dreggy Crows managing to stage a market coup, I was sufficiently… Continue reading The Fourth Day of Christmas: Crooked Kingdom

The Third Day of Christmas: Beautiful Disaster

This book, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, repeatedly caught my eye since I first encountered its alluring cover but I never carved out time for it until coming across it again at the library. Walking to the check-out counter, I knew it was going to be trash. But it kept popping up, so I finally… Continue reading The Third Day of Christmas: Beautiful Disaster

The Second Day of Christmas: A Modern Mephistopheles and Taming a Tartar

I picked this book up, containing two novels by Louisa May Alcott, with the understanding that the first listed story was a sort of first draft of A Long Fatal Love Chase, as its alternate title was A Modern Mephistopheles. However, despite sharing a similar concept, the stories actually diverge wildly enough in their characters… Continue reading The Second Day of Christmas: A Modern Mephistopheles and Taming a Tartar

The First Day of Christmas: The Once and Future King

Though one of the first of the modern fantasy novels, T.H. White’s creations of modern Arthurian myth seem to have been relegated to mere “children’s literature” in a way that even C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia haven’t been. Which designation, aside from being patently inaccurate, does an injustice to the depth and complexity of White’s… Continue reading The First Day of Christmas: The Once and Future King

May the Fellowship Be Unbroken, By and By: A Lord of the Rings Appreciation Post

I don’t know if anyone is aware of this “really old movie,” but The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 film adaptation of the 1954 book of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is the first volume of the larger work The Lord of the Rings, which helped define an entire genre… Continue reading May the Fellowship Be Unbroken, By and By: A Lord of the Rings Appreciation Post