Author: Aila J.

The Sandcastle Empire Review: It’s A Game Of Survival With Questionable World-Building

The Sandcastle Empire Review: It’s A Game Of Survival With Questionable World-Building

Apparently this book has been optioned for film, which I believe is a waste of time after finishing it. The Sandcastle Empire unfortunately rubbed me in all the wrong ways, and I wouldn’t really recommend it to readers looking for something with substance. The only thing it has going is the story of survival and […]

August 15, 2017 | 11 Comments
Chatterbox: About My Love For Non-European Fantasies + Recommendations

Chatterbox: About My Love For Non-European Fantasies + Recommendations

Eurocentrism, or Western-centrism, is prominent in both society and literature due to many reasons. It stems from the colonization that happened during the 17th century and continued with the way the colonial empires shaped the present day that we’re in. As such, many books in Young Adult literature focus on cultures, myths, and traditions that […]

August 1, 2017 | 18 Comments
By Aila J.
Posted in Chatterbox, Features
Successful Books Pushed By My Co-Bloggers

Successful Books Pushed By My Co-Bloggers

Hello everyone! If you’ve been following this blog long enough, you’ll recognize that Jeann, Jenna and I have varying tastes in books (although there are obvious overlaps of the more amazing ones). In this post, I’ll be highlighting some of the successful books (trust me, there were some that weren’t as successful) that Jeann and […]

July 15, 2017 | 7 Comments
By Aila J.
Posted in Chatterbox, Features
Defy the Stars Review: A Scintillating Story That Soars Beyond The Galaxies

Defy the Stars Review: A Scintillating Story That Soars Beyond The Galaxies

At first, I was actually quite hesitant to read this one. I didn’t have the best experience with Claudia Gray’s previous Firebird Trilogy, but I couldn’t resist an adventure and romance set in space. I’m extremely glad I picked it up in the end though, because Gray writes extremely complex characters in a star-filled world […]

June 27, 2017 | 14 Comments
The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue Review: Hilarious Historical Romp With Refreshing Characters

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue Review: Hilarious Historical Romp With Refreshing Characters

Getting attacked by highwaymen, held as hostage by pirates, and set on an alchemical journey with his best friend and snarky sister – what else would Monty want for his Grand Tour? The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a delicious blend of wit and research, showcasing how aspects such as a biracial romance, […]

June 20, 2017 | 12 Comments