Review Friday: The Sun and Her Flowers.

35606560The Sun and Her Flowers by: Rupi Kaur

Released: October 3, 2017

Pages: 256

Rating: * * * * *

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From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

This is the first time I’m reviewing a poetry collection. So forgive me if it’s not my best work. But I’ve really been getting into reading poetry recently, and thought I’d take a crack at reviewing it for the blog. So, here we are!

I’ve discussed this in various, recent posts: I’ve had a really hard couple of years. I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that I was in a toxic and abusive relationship, had to come to terms with the fact that my friends chose my abusers side over mine, had to deal with what it meant to be a victim, then a survivor of absue. It was a lot. And I found that the people that understood what I was going through the most, were women poets. And Rupi Kaur is no exception.

The entire first half of this collection felt like it was written entirely for me. There were so many things that she wrote about that I connected to so deeply, and really tugged on my heartstrings. The ones that really felt like they were coming from my own brain were “what love looks like,” and “the underated heartache.” Those two poems spoke about experiences and feelings that were EXACTLY like mine. It just felt so validating and comforting to read about someone who’d gone through similar things. It really made me feel like I wasn’t alone, or crazy, or being overly dramatic. I felt heard. And I felt safe, if you can believe that.

I wish that I could’ve connected to the entire collection as much as I did the first half, but there are some experiences that I just can’t relate to in this book. I wasn’t a victim of sexual assault. I’m not a person of color. I’m not a child of immigrants. And I haven’t been able to fall in love after my last relationship. But that didn’t prevent me from being moved by what Kaur was writing about, and sympathizing with her. I just couldn’t completely connect with it, and that’s okay. Those poems weren’t written for me. They were written for other people who need them. And I hope they find them.

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Sunday Fun-day: Best Books of 2018.

Welp! It’s a new year, and it’s time to reflect on all the books that blew my mind in 2018. And trust me, there were A LOT! But, I’ve managed to narrow it down to just twelve that were just, the best of the best. So, let’s get started!

12.) Magic Bites by: Illona Andrews

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This year, I went back to my paranormal-romance roots, and finally gave this series a chance after having it recommended to me forever ago. It’s everything I love about the paranormal-romance genre and more! There’s a kick-ass heroine, a kick-ass love interest, a complex world and magic system, out-of-this-world high stakes, drama, action, etc. I devoured the first five books of this series, and I can’t wait to get to more!

11.) Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by: Don Brown

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This was one of the most heartwrenching things I’ve ever read. So much about what happend during, and after, Katrina has been kept so quiet, and after reading this book I can understand why: it was horrific. The way that our government let down the people of New Orleans was a travesty. And this novel really shows that. The artwork really brings to light what mere words wouldn’t be able to convey. This really should be required reading for everyone in America.

10.) The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black

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Oh man, does Holly Black know how to write faeries. Brutal, coniving, vain, fickle, and beautiful. She really knows how to get them just right. I was worried, with all the hype that was surrounding this book, that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. But it did…and then some. The characters were all so flawed, and morally grey, and just awful some times, and I LOVED it. And all the tension was just TOO good. I can’t wait to get my hands on more of this series. Holly Black is the Faerie Queen.

9.) Sadie by: Courtney Summers

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Holy crap did this one hit hard. This book just, covers such a tragic and hard topic, but the thing that makes it THAT much harder and more tragic, is that it happens all the time. This novel really makes you open your eyes to the really ugly side of the world, and start asking yourself some REALLY hard questions. The way this book was written was also so brilliant, and intriguing, and suspenseful. And the audiobook was AMAZING.

8.) The Watch That Ends the Night by: Allan Wolf

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This was the second historical-fiction book I read that was written in verse. And I’ve learned something: when trying to write about tragic events, sometimes verse is the best way to go. The free form allws authors to express emotions and events in a way so much more meaningful than if they’d been stuck in structure. This novel was packed with so much information, and so many different POVs from people from all walks of life. I really learned so much from this novel, and can’t wait to pick up more Titanic books.

7.) Wildwood by: Colin Meloy

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This one was a complete surprise for me! I picked this up on a whim at Target YEARS ago, and started to think I was never going to get to it. Oh man, am I glad I changed my mind. This book was so much fun. The world is so unqiue, and quirky, and just, FUN! That’s what I felt all throughout this book. Even when things got tense, there was still so much excitement going on! This is such a great book about family, friends, and growing into yourself. I definitely recommend it to middle grade lovers.

6.) The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by: Kiersten White

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This book has become so important to me over the course of this year. The majority of this book deals with a character in an abusive and toxic relationship, and how she finds the strength to get herself out of it. This is a situation that I have been struggling with myself for the past few years, and to see in reflected in fiction, and handled so well, really meant a lot to me. Our heroine is strong, and loving, and loyal, but she also has her flaws. She was just an amazing character to be able to relate to, and I’m really grateful to White for giving me this book this year, when I really needed it. If you want to hear more of my thoughts about this book, check out my fell review here.

5.) Dietland: Sarai Walker

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This was another one that completely took me by surprise. This was a required read for school, and I was anticipating to not like it. Boy was I wrong. This book was so empowering for women, particularly fat women. If you want to know my more in-depth thoughts, you can check out my full review here.

4.) Godsgrave by: Jay Kristoff

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This was so good. Like, way too good. Mia got more brutal, and morally grey, and so badass. Plus, my wife Ashlinn is in it so, of course it was gonna land high on this list. But the stakes were so much higher in this one, and there were so many twists I wasn’t expecting. And it absolutely left me dying for the next installment. I can’t wait until the next book comes out, but Jay better leave my wife alone. Or we will have WORDS.

3.) Bridge of Clay by: Markus Zusak

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I bet this is surprising to y’all, isn’t it? Bet y’all thought it would be first. Well, as great as it was, it couldn’t quite claim that spot. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t amazing! Because it was. It was so touching, and heartbreaking, and beautiful. No one can string together a sentence quite like Markus. There were so many lines that left me gasping, they were so beautiful. It really was worth the agonizing wait.

2.) Muse of Nightmares by: Laini Taylor

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I’ve said this more times than I can count, and I’ll say them probably a million more times: Laini Taylor is a word witch. The way she can make worlds and characters come to life on the page is nothing short of magic. This sequal was so nail-biting, and emotional, and absolutely amazing, and I just can’t figure out how she manages to do it over, and over again. This duology handled such complex themes so brilliantly. I’m just, completely in awe of her. We all need to bow down.

1.) Circe by: Madeline Miller

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I can’t express how much I love this book. It came to me, just when I needed it most. Seeing Circe getting knocked down, and having everything in the world thrown at her, and her getting right back up? It really helped me get through this year. Everytime I picked this book up I felt so empowered, and inspired, and like nothing could touch me. And even if something DID get to me, I could beat it. Circe was such a beautiful character to read about, and all the other characters were so amazing too. If you want to hear me gush about this book more, check out my full review here.

Well that’s it! Those were my top books of the year! But, what about you guys? What were your favorites of the year? Did you read any of my favorites? What did you think of them? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Review Friday: Yellow Star.

217008Yellow Star by: Jennifer Roy

Released: April 1, 2006

Pages: 227

Rating: * * * *

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The niece of Syvia Perlmutter, one of only twelve child survivors of the Lodz ghetto in Poland, shares her aunt’s experiences of the Holocaust in free verse that relates the courage and heartbreak she lived during a time of terrible circumstances.

This semester, I’m taking a course on Holocaust literature, so get used to seeing reviews on books on this topic. This wasn’t one of the books required by the class, but it was one that I’d had my eye on for quite some time, and thought it would ease me into the mindset that I’m going to have to get into in order to handle reading all of these heartbreaking narratives in such a short amount of time. This one piqued my interest because it covers a topic of the Holocaust that I’m not very familiar with: the ghettos.

The ghettos were always a part of the Holocaust narrative that seemed to be skimmed over, or left out completely, in the books that I’d read. But, after reading Mapping the Bones by: Jane Yolen, which spends quite a lot of time in the ghettos, I decided to educate myself more on the topic. This is how I discovered Yellow Star. This book really showcases the brutality of living the ghettos, just as Mapping the Bones did. It especially hit home due to the book being from a child’s perspective. This child, a real one as the book is inspired by a true story, was one of only twelve children to survive living in the ghettos until they were liberated. That’s an incredible statistic. The things that she had to endure, like hiding in an open grave night after night, just to stay alive, are absolutely awe inspiring. This really was such an important part of what the Jewish people had to endure during this time, and I know so little about it. I really hope to change that this year.

Another thing that really made Yellow Star stand out to me was that it is written in verse. I’d never read a book about the Holocaust written in verse before, so I thought I’d see what it was like. Now, often times I find that books written in verse, really don’t need to be written in verse. That what the book is trying to say could be far better conveyed in prose. But, in the case of this book, it’s just the opposite. There were things that these people saw, and felt, and experienced, that sometimes can’t be told in plain style. Their pain can’t be contained to basic sentence structure. The freedom of verse gives all the emotion more room to move, and be expressed.

I think that this novel is an excellent place to start if you’re interested in learning more about what it was like for the Jewish people to live in the ghettos. It has its harsh moments, and it’s painful ones, as all Holocaust narratives do, but it doesn’t get as brutal as Mapping the Bones does. And it packs just as much emotion as any other novel written in prose on this subject.

Review Friday: Dietland.

25897894Dietland by: Sarai Walker

Released: May 24, 2016

Pages: 336

Rating: * * * * *

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The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed. 

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House — an underground community of women who reject society’s rules — and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women, and Plum becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.

“A giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under your skin” (Entertainment Weekly), Dietland takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight-loss obsession — with fists flying.

Dietland was a book that I had heard of, but never intended on reading. The title made me believe that it was some kind of trope-y, chick-lit story that took place in LA, or something. Really not my cup of tea. So imagine my surprise when I see it listed on my required reading list for college. The class was focused on Place and Space in literature. Basically, we talked about how places and spaces function on their own, and how they affect the people that exist within them. Now, this book being up for discussion in this class kind of still made sense with what I had assumed about the book. I figured we would talk about the way people in LA feel the need to be perfect, due to the proximity to Hollywood. But alas, I was so incredibly wrong. Dietland was absolutely nothing like what I was expecting, and I’m so incredibly glad.

Dietland is the story of Plum, and how she navigates the world as a fat woman. And as a fat woman myself, I found her story striking way too close to home many, many times. The way she tries her damnedest to make herself as small as possible, as to not take up so much space. The way that people around her try to keep her as out of sight as as much as possible, because they’re embarrassed by her size. The way she buys, and holds onto, clothes that are far too small for her, in the hopes that she’ll lose weight and eventually be able to fit into them. All far too familiar.

And of course this novel talks about dieting. It is in the title, after all. What I loved about its approach though, was the way it talked about how toxic dieting culture is. Again, as a fat woman, I’ve had my bouts of falling in love with some new craze diet plan. But, the goal of these diet plans isn’t to get people to a weight they’re happy with, finish with the diet, and them go on about their lives. No. How would they stay in business? The dieting industry is built on peoples insecurities. They need people to continue to feel bad about themselves, so they’ll continue to purchase their products, in order to “fix” themselves. This is a godawful spiral that never ends. And it’s dangerous. And this is the exact thing we watch Plum go through in this novel. We watch her invest every last penny in a diet program, a program that starves her, belittles her, makes her feel guilty, and makes her increasingly more, and more insecure. Diet culture is a slow moving disease. And this book doesn’t shy away from that at all.

Then there are the Jennifers. The Jennifers were definitely the hot ticket item of discussion in my class. They are quite controversial. While many in the class, the women in particular, could completely understand the rage that drove the Jennifers to commit their acts of aggressive resistance, there was still the undeniable truth that: they were dangerous. They acted with no real thought to all the possibilities of their actions, and many innocent people got caught in the crossfire. Which sucks. But at the same time, we couldn’t help but savor the sweet justice that came to the scumbags that were the actual targets. It really made us question just how far we’d be willing to go to get justice. And this was something that we got to go through with Plum, which made it even easier to relate to her.

This book tackled so many things that are constantly on my mind as a fat woman living in America today. But it also made me think about things that, unconsciously, were a part of my everyday life, but were never things that I gave even a second thought to. This book made me feel seen, and understood, and powerful. It really was a surprising, and incredible book, and it has become one of my absolute favorites. Even now, months after finishing it, I’m still thinking about it. I absolutely believe that it is a book that every woman, particularly fat women, should read.

 

Review Friday: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

38255342The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by: Kiersten White

Released: September 25 2018

Pages: 304

Rating: * * * *

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Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

As an English major, I’ve encountered the story of Frankenstein, and it’s many variations, more times than I can count. And in most of these variations, spin-offs, retellings, etc., two things tend to pop up: Victor Frankenstein is a dark, broody, dream-boat that we’re supposed to swoon over and root for, and the age-old question “who really is the monster here?” It’s been done ad nauseam at this point, and I figured that this novel would be just another to add to the list.

I was wrong.

This is, in all actuality, Elizabeth’s story, which is the best. In the original, she is Victor’s cousin and future wife, and plays a very small role, which I was always bitter about. I always wanted to get more insight into the major players in Victor’s life, and how they interacted with him, and how they humanized him, and whatnot. So, it was a joy that this book is so very much about Elizabeth, and her journey. And what a brilliant character she is. She’s so far from the typical love interests that we see in these different takes on Victor Frankenstein. She’s not a damsel. She’s not an angel. She’s not a sweet darling. She’s a beautifully complex, and grey, character. Sure, she has a good side, we all do. She’s a fiercely loyal friend, she fights for the underdog, and she can be very loving. But this is a girl who knows what it means to struggle. She understands that, basically, her entire life hinges on making people like her, and take care of her, and she has no problem keeping that at the full-front of her mind. She has no problem laying on the charm to keep her options open. Her survival depends on it. So even when we see her make some maybe-not-so-sweet decisions, we find it hard to fault her for it. She’s just a girl trying to escape a life of poverty, abuse, and misery. How can you blame her for that?

The portrayal of Victor Frankenstein in this version is everything I’ve ever wanted. From the get go, we understand that Victor is not right. The way he behaves is not okay. He’s not tall, dark, and brooding. He’s wrong. Just, naturally, fundamentally, and intrinsically wrong. We’re not supposed to see him as this romantic, misunderstood boy, even if that’s how Elizabeth sees him. We’re supposed to believe that this is unhealthy, and it’s set up that way immediately, which I appreciate so much. It makes both of them, Victor and Elizabeth, far more interesting characters, and it makes reading the novel that much more intriguing, and thought provoking. It keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, not in an action-y way, but in an emotional way. There are moments where we see Elizabeth’s humanizing affects on Victor, and we might find ourselves slipping, and rooting for this relationship to work, but then Victor will do or say something, and it’ll knock us right back into “this boy is not right.”

Where my feelings on this novel get a little confusing is here: this novel is very much about an emotionally abusive and manipulative relationship. And while I love that about the novel, because it makes the story so complex, and it’s such an important topic to talk about, especially in teen fiction, I also find it so hard to read. Because I was in a emotionally abusive and manipulative relationship. So, often times while reading this, probably more than most other people will, I found myself siding with Victor, or with Elizabeth when she’s making unhealthy decisions, just for Victor’s benefit. Then I’d have to stop myself and say, “No, this is unhealthy. I’m not supposed to be supporting this.” And that was hard for me sometimes. But, in saying that, I can admit that this was a very real, and accurate depiction of what being in a relationship like this is like. Yes, part of why Elizabeth makes some of these choices lies in her desire to stay off the streets, but it’s also equally just about Victor, and wanting to keep him happy, and make him love her. And that’s so toxic, and damaging. But it’s real, and it’s important to talk about, and I’m so glad that Kiersten covered it here, and that she did it so well.

This book, while hard for me to get through here and there, was so beautifully done. You can tell that it was painstakingly researched, and that Kiersten has a deep love for the story. The writing was lush, and poetic, but also brutal, and harsh. She did a fantastic job of marrying so many different moving parts: Elizabeth’s journey to self-reliance, Victor’s horror story, the mystery, the happy moments, the gruesome moments. All of it. Also, the friendships in this novel were outstanding. The girl love was so sweet, and genuine, I found myself smiling so wide whenever Elizabeth and Justine, or Elizabeth and Mary, were on the page together. Elizabeth and Henry’s relationship was also wonderful. It very easily could’ve devolved into the tropey love-triangle we’re all sick-to-death of, but it didn’t. It was handled just right, and I loved it.

This is, by far, the best re-telling of this story that I’ve ever read. Except for my own personal issues about the topic, which is of no-fault of Kiersten’s, this book was perfection, and I will absolutely be recommending it to anyone looking for more Frankenstein stories.

Review Friday: Check, Please!: #Hockey

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Released: September 18th 2018

Pages: 288

Rating: * * * *

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Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

So, if you’ve somehow managed to a.) be active on social media, and b.) not heard of this series: YOU ARE A WIZARD.

Like, no joke. I’ve seen this webcomic ALL OVER THE PLACE for the longest time, and I always intended on trying to read it, but I’m just, I don’t know, not into webcomics? Not the idea, or stories, or anything like that. After all, Nimona by: Noelle Stevenson is my all-time favorite stand-alone graphic novel, and it started as a webcomic. But, I’m talking about the actual “reading a comic on a computer” thing. I’m just too easily distracted. So, I never read them. Which is such a shame on my part, because I know I’m missing out on so many AMAZING things for such a silly reason. And this is one of those amazing things.

We follow Eric Bittle (Bitty), a closeted, ex-figure skater, and pie baker extraordinaire, from the south who starts vlogging about his first year at Samwell University, and his journey in joining the hockey team. We watch as Bitty learns all about this complex sport, his fellow teammates, and their dreamboat of a captain. It’s filled with hilarity, heartwarming moments, emotional struggle, and good ole fashioned dudes hitting dudes while on ice. It’ll make your heart feel as warm and full as one of Bitty’s famous apple pies.

Okay, so, this is probably the most straight-up, feel-good, fluffy, heartwarming, squee-inducing thing ever. Like, it just is. This book is everything you were ever hoping for when you typed “fluff fic” into the search bar on FanFiction.net or AO3. It’s gonna make you smile, it’s gonna make you laugh, it’s gonna make you go “AWEEEEEEEEE!!!” It’s a given. Bitty is an incredibly charming, relatable, funny, and ADORABLE character. All the side characters have these really cute personality quirks, and micro sub-plots that you get a little too invested in for your own good, and they’re hilarious, and ADORABLE. The story is simple, straight forward, and fun. It’s just, it’s a good time. Like, I don’t know how anyone could possibly NOT enjoy this.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s without its flaws. And really, you can boil them all down to one thing: MORE. I wanted MORE of EVERYTHING. I wanted more backstory about Bitty, more interactions with the side characters, more of the backstory of the side characters, more interactions between Bitty and Jack, more hockey, more EVERYTHING. It really felt like we were just getting little tastes, and tidbits, of everything, but never enough to be fully satisfied. This graphic novel covers two whole years of Bitty’s school experience, and it’s just, way too short. I know that there’s still more to go, I just wish that this had been more fleshed out.

Like I said, I don’t think that this was bad in any way. It was the reading equivalent of eating a cupcake, or a cookie. How do you NOT enjoy that? But I can see people being disappointed in it. I can understand people being upset that there isn’t enough cupcake or cookie. Or that the cupcake or cookie was too small. But, I would still recommend that everyone go out and read this book (and I have!). Go out and eat the cupcake or cookie. Even if it’s tiny. It’s still gonna be awesome.

Review Friday: Circe.

35959740Circe by: Madeline Miller

Released: April 10th 2018

Pages: 394

Rating: * * * * *

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Look, if this novel doesn’t make you want to rip out a man’s still-beating heart, and take over the entire world by the time you’re done with it? I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

We follow the life of Circe, wayward daughter of the mightiest of the Titans, Helios the Sun God. In a world where you are either beautiful, or powerful: Circe is neither. Or at least, that’s what all the other Gods think. But oh how wrong they are. We watch as Circe becomes a true force to be reckoned with. We watch as she interacts with this cast of characters that we’ve all heard the epic stories of, and how she forever changes each one of them. We watch her take what was never allowed to be hers. We watch her carve out a place for herself where others swore she would never belong. We see how the very first, and best, witch came to be. And it is so incredible.

This book is just, so freaking empowering. I literally felt like I could dismantle the entire patriarchy, BY MYSELF, the whole time I was reading it. And not just because Circe was herself being a bad-ass 100% of the time, cause she did have moments of weakness, but that’s when I wanted to burn things to the ground to protect her. That’s the kind of emotion that Miller was able to make me feel for this character. And that is incredible. And it’s not just Circe that Miller manages to make this larger-than-life, actually-feel-like-you-can-reach-out-and-touch-them character, either. Odyssesus, Daedalus, Aeëtes, Pasiphaë. They all effortlessly pop off the page. Miller just manages to create this incredibly intimate atmosphere over the course of this novel that makes you feel like you’re just standing in the corner of the room as each one of the scenes unfold. It really is unlike anything else I’ve ever read, and I’m hooked.

Of course, it was fun to see all of these characters that, for the most part, only got a mere mention in the tales of old get fleshed out so much more. And the story is an incredibly empowering one. But it’s not an easy read by any means. Circe’s story is filled with strife, and heartbreak, and violence. There is a rape scene in this novel, so be prepared for that. But even when the violence isn’t overt, it’s always there. Miller shows us just about every way imaginable that one can attack a woman, and bring her low, and it can definitely take it’s toll. But, as I mentioned, it is so empowering and inspiring to watch Circe face each one of these attacks, and come out the other side that much stronger for having survived it. It sends such a beautiful message, and I am 100% here for it.

There’s so much I want to say about how amazing this novel is, but I just don’t know how to put it into words. And trust me, I’ve been mulling it over for quite some time now. It’s just one of those books that really gets to your emotions, on a really deep level, and words just can’t explain what those feelings are. It’s just something you have to experience. So, I HIGHLY recommend that you go out and experience it for yourself. It’s absolutely worth it.