Reboots and Reconsiderations

Delayed take: I kinda hated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mild spoilers to follow. I went in with an open mind. I've read plays before, and I was willing to give it a pass on some things. But it was bad. There were some bad plot points and some horrible dialogue. Maybe with some talented actors … Continue reading Reboots and Reconsiderations

“Her body, their body, one body”: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me & Gymnastics

Megan Abbott's latest book, You Will Know Me (2016), may be set within the world of competitive gymnastics, but it is concerned with parents and children, adolescence and aging, sex and love, and goals and desires. In addition, it's a compelling portrait of what life—particularly, life during a crisis—might be like for a family with a young, elite female athlete. … Continue reading “Her body, their body, one body”: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me & Gymnastics

The Only Happily Ever After in the Reality TV World (Book Review: Romancing Miss Right by Lizzie Shane)

With so many years of reality television, faux-romance, and D-list (or is it F-list?) reality celebrities, many of us might feel disillusioned by the entire subject; yet, Lizzie Shane’s Romancing Miss Right proves that with the right (and light) touch, reality television romance can be surprisingly fertile ground for a fresh contemporary romance. Shane’s Romancing Miss … Continue reading The Only Happily Ever After in the Reality TV World (Book Review: Romancing Miss Right by Lizzie Shane)

Book Review: US/Russian (Romance) Relations(hip)

This review (by CoCo) was originally published (5/31/16) as a guest review on Smart Bitches Trashy Books.  Lunges, pivots, turns, spins, Salchows, loops, flips, Lutz jumps, axel jumps, singles, doubles, and triples. It’s okay if these terms don’t mean a whole hell of a lot to you. I’d consider myself a casual fan of ice … Continue reading Book Review: US/Russian (Romance) Relations(hip)

The Beauty and Tragedy of Maisie Dobbs

My granny introduced me to the first Maisie Dobbs book some time around 2008 or 2009 when I was in undergrad (though the first book in the series was published in 2003). We'd always shared similar interests, and she highly recommended this historical fiction / mystery series from author Jacqueline Winspear that was set in the 1930s—the … Continue reading The Beauty and Tragedy of Maisie Dobbs

The Secret Lives of Secondary Characters: Longbourn and Lost in Austen

I've recently finished reading Longbourn, Jo Baker's take on the lives of the servants waiting on the Bennet family in Pride and Prejudice. Longbourn focuses on Sarah, a contemporary of Lizzie and Jane and their maid.  She's a girl who wants for more, but at times fails to conceptualize what the more that she wants … Continue reading The Secret Lives of Secondary Characters: Longbourn and Lost in Austen

Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld Series and SyFy’s Bitten

If you have Netflix, you've probably been prompted to watch Bitten. You might have tried it. You might have been ambivalent about it. You mighta hated it, mocked it, etc. As someone else said, it's perhaps more of a "noflix" than anything else. I, however, easy prey that I am, watched the first two seasons and, more … Continue reading Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld Series and SyFy’s Bitten