Hi all!! I know it’s the middle of January and I’m just now getting to my Monthly Media Roundup from last month… But it’s been such a whirlwind of activity here in RI! As evening begins to fall, I switched on our living room lights… Only to realize that they’re dimmer than usual? I turned in a circle, questioningly, and then saw our tree. Our tree it still up! So—If you must know, that’s how busy I’ve been. Tree-up-Halfway-through-January-Busy. That really does need taken care of. But! Before I commit to any other things that need done, I decided that I must first look back on all the great things I read in December. …All five of them. There was shoujo love, 4-koma fun, shonen-ai tales, and one messed up sibling story! I feel positively about these books, and I need to tell the world before I end up having new ones to talk about. HERE WE GO!!
This month, I ended up reading all manga again… Heh. I was participating in NaNoWriMo and only had a few minutes at a time to sit down and read. Or eat. I didn’t do too much of the latter. When I get in the zone, I just keep going! I sat down for manga (or manhwa) breaks and ended up getting through all of Cynical Orange, though the rest of my reading was mostly me playing catch-up.
I am very happy to present another special interview—This time with Roy Huff, the amazing author of the Everville novels. They are young adult, with a focus on sci-fi and fantasy. The newest installment, The Fall of Brackenbone, will be released next week, so now is a great time to discover the vast world that Huff has created, as well as get a glimpse into to his thoughts on writing, reading, and everyday life.
Frenemy of the People is my favorite work by Nora Olsen. The voices of her characters—their hopes, wants, and fears—truly shine through their sometimes bumbling emotions. The book is well-written and bears the mindset of adolescents—which it should, as it is written in first person narratives of women in their teens. Continue reading
Recently, I finished reading Swans & Klons, a young adult dystopian novel by Nora Olsen. The story opens with Rubric—our heroine in a city brimming with only women—visiting her childhood caretaker. You can immediately tell that things are quite unlike our own world. Paper seems scarce; names may be nonexistent for lower classes. As the other woman enters the room and their conversation begins, we learn of Salmon Jo, Rubric’s girlfriend, and the fact that she may be an uncommon character for whom trouble lies ahead. This promising exchange had me all geared up to continue and find out more about this strange place.
Another, my first foray into the works of Ayatsuji Yukito, is a superb thriller; a tense page-turner; a horrifying mystery. I had a hard time setting it down. While it is more of a psychological thriller, there is certainly no paucity of gore.
I wanted to read Undertow because it promised to be a tale of aliens, hostility, school integration, and one of my personal favorites—doomed love. Excited to receive my copy, I tore into it as soon as I had the chance and boy does it deliver! I coasted through the book, savoring the way anything could happen. Continue reading