Review: Tangleweed and Brine

What if there were no happy endings? What if Rapunzel’s mother carried her to fill a cavernous void left by her need for fulfillment? What if the owner of the gingerbread house longed for something more in life, and built a house so she could help fill the hearts of those who felt as she did? What if the kiss that would bring the frog prince back to his human form meant a death sentence to the kisser? What if sister Fair tried to keep Trembling hidden to protect her, and not out of jealousy?

What if? What if?


Dear Holly: What’s a Girl Gotta Do?

It takes a good deal of courage to step outside the echo chamber. It takes courage to put pen to paper and painstakingly detail every single instance of what it’s like to be a woman in the Western world – something Angry White Men can’t understand, and will ridicule, because we’re women and don’t we know that other people have it so much worse? It takes immense strength to write something that is to go to print and be there, in the world, ready to be seen by those Angry White Men…

Lies we tell ourselves about ourselves.

We tell ourselves more lies than we’d care to admit. I had some thoughts on body image, positivity, and self esteem.

L.A. Weatherly’s Broken Sky: Lady Pilots and Other Great Things

Sometimes I love the circumstances in which a book happens to land in your hands. In this case, the impending L.A. Weatherly event prompted me to sit down with Broken Sky. Initially, I intended to read it for the sole purpose of knowing was Lee would be talking about. I hadn’t heard much about Broken Sky at all and I had not read Lee’s Angel series either, but as soon as I’d read the prologue I was sold. Broken Sky is the story of Peacefighter pilot Amity Vancour, set in futuristic 1940s…

Fall in Love With Yourself (on our terms, though)

Feminism is about equality. It is about women claiming their place in society, and essentially focuses on female empowerment, proving that we are worth more than just our faces. It is proving that we are capable, strong, valid

Star Wars’ Rey is NOT a Mary Sue

It appears that, aside from the casual racism I’ve seen pertaining to the inclusion black actors in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (though to even have to be happy about this in 2015 is sad in its own right; it should just be a given inclusion), there are a lot of people who feel Rey is an unrealistic Mary Sue.

Deconstructing Only Ever Yours

I picked up Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours from my TBR pile, long after I’d finished shedding tears over Asking For It. I vowed to never again read a book that I knew was thematically heavy without being in the right mindset for it. And so, I waited until a day when I was feeling good enough to sit down and begin it.