Review: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

StarfishMy Rating: ★★★★★

Trigger Warning for pedophilia, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse.

This book is something I think everyone should read. Did it handle every topic perfectly? No. But for some of it’s mistakes it makes up for tenfold with how heartfelt and genuine it was.

Starfish is about a seventeen year old girl named Kiko who is about to graduate from high school, and desperately wants to change her life. She thinks that getting into the art school of her dreams will help her do this (and also free her from her oppressive and verbal/emotionally abusive mom) But when she doesn’t get into her dream college and her mom invites her childhood abuser into their home, she packs up her bags and leaves to go to California for a couple of weeks with a childhood friend and crush. It’s there that learns to get out of her comfort zone, and finally confronts her inner demons and begin her journey of healing.

To me, this book was just that. A book about a young woman learning how to forgive herself and how to take that first step towards healing after trauma and abuse. The topics discussed in this book hit close to home at times, and they aren’t topics easily talked about, but I thought the narrative was expertly crafted and handled them tactfully.

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Review: Talon (The Astor Chronicles #1) by Amanda Greenslade

Talon (The Astor Chronicles #1)Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Trigger warning for off-page sexual assault. It isn’t graphic, but it very much there.)
I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and thus the opinions stated here are mine, and mine alone. Thank you for the opportunity to read Talon by Amanda Greenslade!

The Pros:
+ Interesting world building
+ Dynamic and endearing relationship between Talon and his Icetiger, Rekala.
+ Banter between Talon, Rekala, and Sarlice are fun.

The Cons:
+ Prose felt disjointed at times.
+ Some Grammar/Spelling mistakes.
+ Plot devices used are sometimes clumsy and convoluted.

You can tell the author really cares about this story and tried their very best to craft a unique and interesting world. There was a lot of thought put into the setting of this world. It shows. I found myself really enjoying learning about the world, the religion, and the beliefs of the Kriites. The developing companionship between Talon and Rekala was endearing– though I do wish the story would’ve focused more on that rather than the (kind of?) love triangle.

There were things I appreciated about this story, but some plot points were a little strange and cliche, while others fell flat of the intimacy I was expecting from a book written in the perspective of first person, not to mention the unique emotional/mental connection between Talon, Sarlice, Rekala, and Kestric. While the story is told from the perspective of Talon, I didn’t feel like I was seeing things truly through his eyes a lot of the time? I just felt like I was a disembodied spirit looking over events happening in a play, rather than truly experiencing the story as it was unfolding. This story would have flowed much better if there was more showing and less telling.

(Rest of the review is under a cut due to spoilers. Click at your own risk!)

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In Which Cyberpink Returns After a Short Hiatus..

Hello everyone! I must apologize for my brief absence. Unfortunately my blog had to be set on the back burner for a short time due to health issues I was having. But I’m feeling much better now! I’m back, and eager to get back to reviewing! Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog during that time and has left encouraging feedback. You all rock! Please stay tuned for new reviews to be posted shortly!


~ Kris ~


Review: Dreamer’s Pool (Blackthorn & Grim, #1) by Juliet Marillier

Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn & Grim, #1)Rating: ★★★★☆

(TW: Mentions of Sexual Assault)
I have always been a fan of Juliet Marillier’s work, but this book was really something special. How often do authors write two anti-social, introverted protagonists? Ones whose character arcs don’t revolve around “fixing” their introverted personalities? And how often does a male protagonist’s strength come from his kind and trusting nature, rather than his violent exploits and a machismo disposition? Perhaps I’ve been looking in the wrong places, but I have found these things to be a rarity.
Considering this, it’s no wonder that I found Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier to be a breath of fresh air.

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Review: Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats, #1) by Sebastien de Castell

Review originally posted on Goodreads on January 29th, 2017. See the review here.

Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats, #1)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(TW: Rape)
My partner and I decided to do a book swap, and this was the one they chose for me to read.
I have many thoughts on this. Honestly it wasn’t the worst thing I ever read. Well, I thought that at first, until I sat on it for about a year and mulled it over.
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Review: Wolfblade (Hythrun Chronicles: Wolfblade, #1) by Jennifer Fallon

Review originally posted on Goodreads on August 22nd, 2017. See the review here.

Wolfblade (Hythrun Chronicles: Wolfblade, #1)Rating: ★★★★☆

I am still reading the third book in this series, and I initially wanted to write only a review based on the entire prequel trilogy at the end, but I decided against it, especially after letting the first two books sink in. Just an FYI, this review does has spoilers in it, but only for book 1.

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