Thoughts on The “You” series by Caroline Kepnes (Spoiler-Free Review)

I will be completely honest. After the dumpster fire that was season 2 of You, I had not planned on engaging with anything in the You universe ever again. However, after about 3-months into a reading slump, I decided to give this series a chance in the hopes that it would be at least moderately [...]

Infidelity Isn’t Sexy: A Rant About a Tired Romance Trope

I want the record to stand that I don't consider myself the moral arbiter of fiction. While I will critique until I am blue in the face, I'm not one of those people that gate-keeps topics or disallows people to use certain tropes, provided there can be an honest and intellectual conversation about them. That [...]

Too Much Time on Your Hands: A Mini-Essay

I think most of us are guilty of uttering the phrase "that person has too much time on their hands." It could be prompted by any number of things: a Youtube video that splices clips of a politician's speech so they are speaking the lyrics to a pop song, an exact replica of Denmark made [...]

Thoughts on “A Feast For Crows” By George R. R. Martin

Warning: The following contains spoilers for the book and series of Game of Thrones. Yes, I am one of the 12 people that still cares about Game of Thrones and enjoys talking about it in spite of its dumpster fire ending. So today I was wanting to discuss my thoughts and feelings about one of [...]

Writers v. Beta Readers: Critique Series Part 1

Author's note: I have been wanting to write a bit more on the nature of critique and the relationship writers have with critics for some time now, but I have realized it will likely take more than one post in order to properly articulate all my feelings on the subject. As such, I will do [...]

Babes in Tropeland: Not ANOTHER Alcoholic Dad, Please

For decades the easiest way to get across to the audience the protagonist was a poor-unfortunate soul was to make them an orphan; someone with no northern star to guide them through this perilous hell-scape we call existence. It was a method to make the main character sympathetic from the get-go, but it was also [...]

Thoughts on “Malorie” by Josh Malerman

SPOILERS FOR "BIRD BOX" and "MALORIE" READER DISCRETION ADVISED Amazon Summary: Twelve years after Malorie and her children rowed up the river to safety, a blindfold is still the only thing that stands between sanity and madness. One glimpse of the creatures that stalk the world will drive a person to unspeakable violence. There remains [...]

Thoughts on “Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka

Spoilers: I know this book is over a hundred years old, but, you know, whatever. I will admit I went into this novella not expecting much. Based on some of the spoiler-light commentary I read on this novella, I was expecting there to be a lot of pseudo-psychological mumbo-jumbo and pretentious navel-gazing. ....Buuuuuut the audiobook [...]

Thoughts on “The Shadows” by Alex North

Summary from Amazon: You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile--always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that [...]

Thoughts on “Invisible Girl” by Lisa Jewell

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the novel. Reader discretion is advised. Amazon summary: Young Saffyre Maddox spent three years under the care of renowned child psychologist Roan Fours. When Dr. Fours decides their sessions should end, Saffyre feels abandoned. She begins looking for ways to connect with him, from waiting outside his office to [...]