Book: Hunted by Megan Spooner

Genre: YA Fantasy

Title: Hunted

Author: Megan Spooner

Release Date: 14 March 2017



Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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Movie: Crimson Peak (2015)

Genre: Gothic Romance/Horror

Title: Crimson Peak

Release Date: 16 October 2015



In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers

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Book: Linemates by Van Barrett

Genre: MM Romance, explicit

Title: Linemates

Author: Van Barrett

Release Date: April 2016



Callan Jones is a bright new hockey star having the time of his life — and the hard-hitting, goal-scoring, trash-talking winger has the whole league riled up in a hissy-fit. Only one thing could ever trip up the invincible youngster: the fact that he likes guys. Good thing he’s managed to keep that secret under wraps …right?

Ever since Tyler Vance lost the Cup by a goal, his team’s been caught in a downward spiral — with him at the helm. The fans gossip that the captain’s heart isn’t in hockey anymore. Who knows? Maybe they’re right.

A shocking trade between two bitter rivals takes the hockey world by storm. Now it’s up to Vance to make sure Jones fits in with his new team. Will the truth about Callan’s trade come out? And will it have the power to change everything?

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Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: YA, Mystery

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Release Date: 20 September 2016



Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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IRL: The Books of the Resistance 2017

So, the political situation in the USA is a bit…tense right now.  Many people are angry and scared.  Many people have also started turning to books to help them understand what is happening, what might come next, and how to fight back.

The most popular book right now is 1984 by George Orwell.  You see people quoting it all over facebook and comment sections, and Amazon is now actually backordered on the paperback because of the sudden demand!

While I am happy that people are reading, I think that this situation calls for even more books to be pushed into the spotlight.  More dystopian novels that show a possible bleak future, more history books that show us what the signs are that lead down the darkest of paths, and more history showing the fights that we’ve fought before, whether they were focused on sex, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

So, here is a beginning list of what we should all be reading right now.  Books speak to our situation.  Books that teach us where we come from.  Books about the people who have fought these fights before.  Books that can inspire us in our efforts to fight back.

If you have any suggestions for books that should be added, please leave a comment!

Reading List of the Resistance

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
  • The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis by Patrick Kingsley
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
  • Virtual Light by William Gibson
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  • The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstader
  • Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
  • Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Stay strong!


IRL-Update on Why There Haven’t Been Many Updates

Hello, readers!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, updates on the blog have been a bit…sparse in the past couple of months.  There are a few reasons for this.

  1. I went back to work and also started playing hockey, so those take up quite a bit of time.
  2. My reading pace started to far outpace my review writing pace, which means that I couldn’t remember much about a book by the time I got around to reviewing it!
  3. I started this blog out at too ambitious of a pace.  I can’t believe that I was posting between 4-7 times a week in the beginning!

So, it’s a new year (and I can say that because it’s still January), so I’ve decided to get back into the swing of things over here at my blog.

So I don’t get so overwhelmed, I’ve decided to cut back a bit on the posting.  I promise to post at least 2 reviews a month.  This probably doesn’t seem like a lot, but I’ve discovered that I need to set sensible goals for myself that I can actually achieve without stressing myself out, especially since this blog is supposed to be a fun place for me to share my bookish thoughts and reviews.

Thank you, to all of my readers who have stuck with me throughout this review drought.

I will be posting again so!

–Rina B.


Movie: Rogue One (2016) — SPOILER FREE

Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Title: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Release Date: 16 December 2016



The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.

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