• Book Review

    Heart of Mist

    My Thoughts The plot has a lot of familiar fantasy elements: a heroine with unknown powers, a medieval high fantasy setting with kings and knights, political rivalries, forbidden magic, class tension, corrupt royalty, and rampant abuse towards women. As the story unfolds Heart of Mist adds some refreshing twists to the classic hero’s journey. The thing that made this book really stand out to me was how the plot tackles various social issues. Bleak copes with her magical powers by drowning herself in alcohol and her struggle with drinking opens up a conversation about alcoholism in young adults, a topic not often brought up in YA novels. Bleak is a…

  • YA Paranormal Romance Book Review

    I Wish I Weren’t a Djinni

    My Thoughts I Wish I Weren’t a Djinni is a run-of-the-mill genie story with a touch of romance. A young man finds a lamp, he gets three wishes, and the djinni wishes to be free. It’s a pretty standard genie story that is very predictable but still manages to be sweet. There is a little humor as the genie tries to figure out 21st-century life. After a while, though, it got a little tiring. “What happens to you once I make my third wish?” For a young adult story with mild hints of romance, there was no instalove and I found that to be refreshing. The connection between James and…