• ARC,  Fiction,  Reading,  Review

    Recent Read: First, Become Ashes

     [TL;DR] First, Become Ashes is a faced-paced cult escape fantasy story. Caveat: this book contains extremely graphic scenes of rape and self-harm among other CWs. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Tor.Com in exchange for an honest review. Before we begin: I’m not covering nearly all of the content warnings required for this book; those at the front (at least at the time of reading the ARC) were far too vague. Here’s a list that seems fairly comprehensive to me. This review does not go into any details on potentially triggering subject matter. I requested this book on NetGalley partially because the premise was fascinating to me (more…

  • Fiction,  Reading,  Review

    Recent Read: The Unbroken

     TL;DR The Unbroken is a breathtaking anticolonial epic fantasy. Set in a second world echoing the French occupation of North Africa, the book explores war, politics, colonialism, love, trust, and belonging. It comes out March 23 and you’re going to want to read it ASAP. Here’s the first two chapters in case you already can’t wait: https://www.orbitbooks.net/orbit-excerpts/the-unbroken-by-c-l-clark/  Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit for providing an ARC in exchange for a fair review. Listen: in full transparency, I requested this book for the cover. Sure, people Tweeted about how great it is, but I’ve read a lot of great fantasy (and a lot of fantasy that was supposed to be great…

  • Gaming,  Review


    TL;DR: Oxenfree is a great game for those who want an interactive story with gorgeous art, excellent voice acting, and a truly remarkable atmosphere. For just $10, it provides more than its money's worth in emotional heft and loveliness.