Mini Review: Recent Reads

Hello all, it’s finally autumn and maybe that’s why this month of October has been hectic! It feels like I’ve come alive. If not for this terrible flu I had these days, I mean. Anyway, I wanted to do something a little different and share mini reviews of my recent three reads! I really enjoyed them and hope you forgive the utter unrelatedness of them.

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The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall

It took me embarrassingly long to finish this. But that’s not any fault of this novella because it was very atmospheric and enjoyable. In fact, the stretched out reading period might even have added to the story’s vast feel. It takes you in and out of so many different realms and when you go through it slowly, it expands even more, if that’s possible. I love liminal stories. I enjoy portal fantasies very much. Something about the sad tinge of this novella made it stand out from the others. I should quote the author here because they say it best: “It’s a twisty kind of story, and no one is quite what they seem. Thematically, it has a lot to do with ideas of healing and justice, but there are also pretty demons with long hair and an exceedingly grumpy genocidal witch.”

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Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Modern Macbeth with a focus on Lady Macbeth. Words as sharp as the story at its core: It’s Dare Me and Kill Bill but fresh in a way that’s darkly enchanting. Our main girl, Jade, drives the plot with her equally and terribly (read: justifiably) mischievous coven. I haven’t read Hannah Capin’s debut Dead Queens Club yet (it’s on my TBR!) so this was my first introduction to her work and it was interesting to see how Foul is Fair made use of the original play and how, when it comes down to it, subverted it. It’s listed as the first book of a series, which I’m looking forward to. If you are into layered stories of revenge that doesn’t pull its punches, you’ll enjoy this one!

I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley. Foul is Fair comes out on February 4th by Wednesday books.

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Mooncakes by Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker

Mooncakes is the season of Fall in graphic novel form. Especially after reading a couple of intense books in a row, the quiet coziness and warmth of the full color pages and the lovable characters, the family dynamics, the inclusivity (it has deaf, bisexual and nonbinary rep as well as a Chinese American main cast!) and the magic of it was very welcome. I loved both main characters so much, but I couldn’t get enough of Nova’s badass grandmas and cousin Terry and wanted to know more about Nova and Tam’s backstory, as well as the magic system. Overall, it was so soft and lovely.

So, these are my most recent reads. What have you been reading lately, let me know in the comments and have an amazing day!

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