I Read a Book Once
I Read a Book Once
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Emma Scovill talks about all of the books she has read once or maybe twice or maybe a hundred times. This podcast is full of spoilers as she doesn't hold back on what happens in the book or what her opinion is either.
A Very Unique Fantasy Novel (The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi - Shannon Chakraborty)
On the heels of one of the more average fantasy novels I've read recently, I picked up one of the most unique fantasy novels I've ever read. The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty follows the titular character, a 40-year-old mother who is both a pirate and a devout Muslim, as she comes out of retirement for one last job. I spend time detailing the many unique facets of this novel, talk about the pacing, and discuss the role religion played in this book.
Apr 23, 2023
38 min
Another Average Fantasy Novel (The Liar’s Crown - Abigail Owen)
Rounding out my vacation reads is The Liar's Crown by Abigail Owen. This YA/NA fantasy novel follows Meren, a secret princess, after she is kidnapped prior to her sister's coronation. I explore the one innovative plot idea in this book, pose multiple questions about the curse that makes no sense to me, and explain the standard fantasy tropes we see in this book that are used all the time.
Apr 16, 2023
28 min
My First Tessa Bailey Book! (Secretly Yours - Tessa Bailey)
I finally got on the Tessa Bailey train and picked up her newest novel Secretly Yours. It follows Hallie as she reeks havoc on a wine tasting business and writes secret admirer letters to her high school crush Julian. I talk about reading a Tessa Bailey book for the first time, go over why I thought this book was a blast, and complain about the cover.
Apr 2, 2023
33 min
I Wish It Wasn’t Over (A Fire Endless - Rebecca Ross)
I finally read one of my most highly anticipated books of the year: A Fire Endless by Rebecca Ross. This book is the conclusion to the Elements of Cadence duology and follows Jack, Adaira, Sidra, and Torin as they try to heal a mysterious illness and bring balance back to the island. I break down the character development of each of the main characters, express my joy at being back in this world, and provide a critique of the climax of the novel.
Mar 25, 2023
38 min
I Feel Conflicted on This One (Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute - Talia Hibbert)
I couldn't wait to get my hands on Talia Hibbert's highly anticipated YA debut novel Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute. This book follows Celine and Brad friends turned enemies as they compete in a camping expedition for a college scholarship. I provide an overview of the great representation in Hibbert's books, explain my conflicting feelings about Celine's character, and discuss aliens and conspiracy theories.
Mar 12, 2023
31 min
A New Series by One of My Faves! (Children of Ragnarok - Cinda Williams Chima)
When I found out Cinda Williams Chima was starting a new YA fantasy series, I couldn't wait to read it. Children of Ragnarok follows Eiric, who is trying to sail to a magical island with his sister Liv, and Reginn, who is a magic user working to uncover buried secrets. I spend too much time talking about Chima's other books, make predictions for the next books, and discuss the shady things going down.
Feb 25, 2023
36 min
This Book Was So Hard to Find (Blackmail and Bibingka - Mia P Manansala)
After searching tirelessly for months, I finally found a copy of Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P Manansala. This cozy mystery follows Lila as her untrustworthy cousin Ronnie moves back into town and becomes a murder suspect. I talk about my difficulty finding this book, discuss the guessability of this mystery, and wonder where the heck Jae was in this book.
Feb 18, 2023
29 min
This Was NOT a Friendship Love Story (Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow - Gabrielle Zevin)
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin has been absolutely everywhere and winning all the awards. This book follows Sam and Sadie the ups and downs of their friendship and career as video game creators over 30+ years. I complain about the false advertising, and dig into my main qualms with this book, and touch on the redeeming qualities.
Feb 12, 2023
35 min
A December Wrap Up in February
Back-to-back episodes where I cover two books at once! This time I cover Dava Shastri's Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti and In 27 Days by Alison Gervais. I uncover two random similarities between the books, detail how I found In 27 Days, and explain my feelings about both books.
Feb 4, 2023
36 min
My Thanksgiving Wrap Up Two Months Late
Over Thanksgiving I read The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. I'm way behind on my posting schedule, so that means I'm finally getting around to the books I read over Thanksgiving at the very end of January. I give an actually short plot summary for each and then do a deep dive into my thoughts and opinions on both books!
Jan 29, 2023
34 min
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