Author: Aila J.

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta: Too much exposition, too little action

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta: Too much exposition, too little action

What happens when you get a fantasy story that’s bogged down with lore and plot elements and explanations? Well… Shimmer and Burn happens. And honestly, it’s a decent book. The world-building is quite descriptive, and the plot twists will keep readers on their toes. But maybe it’s the writing and me that just didn’t agree (or […]

October 19, 2018 | 1 Comment
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens Edited by Marieke Nijkamp Review: Resilient and Resounding

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens Edited by Marieke Nijkamp Review: Resilient and Resounding

Beautiful cover, and beautiful stories to match the outside! I really enjoyed Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens. While all the authors are disabled, I’m not 100% sure their characters follow the exact disability. Either way, I love the intersections of the characters and the vast range of writing styles. They’re all written with care […]

September 18, 2018 | 3 Comments
By Aila J.
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Ignite the Stars Review: Ia is a Heroine You Will Fall in Love with!

Ignite the Stars Review: Ia is a Heroine You Will Fall in Love with!

How do I even begin describing this book? Ignite the Stars was grandiose, adventurous, and triumphant. It’s a science fiction that follows the journey of Ia Cocha, a daredevil rebel who’s escaped the clutches of the Olympus Commonwealth more than once. But when she’s finally captured, at the beginning of the book, everyone is surprised […]

August 31, 2018 | 2 Comments
Mirage Review: Readers Will Love This Moroccan-Inspired Fantasy Set in Space!

Mirage Review: Readers Will Love This Moroccan-Inspired Fantasy Set in Space!

Mirage: something that appears real or possible but is not in fact so. The title of MIRAGE may suggest an optical illusion of sorts, but the story in this book felt so real and touching when I read it. This Moroccan-inspired fantasy brings readers across planets and kingdoms. It touches upon colonization, oppression, and the […]

August 21, 2018 | 4 Comments
Defy the Worlds Review: A Sequel Set in Space That’ll Grip Your Hearts

Defy the Worlds Review: A Sequel Set in Space That’ll Grip Your Hearts

Note: This is the sequel to Defy the Stars, which you can find my review over here. Minor spoilers ahead! I was extremely excited to pick up Defy the Worlds because I adored the previous book! I loved the science-fiction elements, the determined characters who were also filled with self-doubt, and in general the questions that […]

July 27, 2018 | 4 Comments