Book Review: Dracula

Bram Stoker’s classic tale, a pillar in the vampire genre, a “study of evil,” terrifying work of horror– And it’s boring? Frankly, I’m not sure what this says about me as a person. But over the roughly 18 hour duration of the audiobook, the only constant thought I had was please get on with itContinue reading “Book Review: Dracula”

Book Review: Frankenstein

I stayed away from this book for years because of its reputation. This newfound obsession is entirely my artsy friend’s fault. She was watching the play version by the National Theater online during lockdown–and it is a wonderful production. But, being unaware of the greater requirements of the genre, she saw old-fashioned light bulbs andContinue reading “Book Review: Frankenstein”

Tolkien Reading Day 2021!

All hail the Ring-bearer and the master of words who brought us all to Middle Earth. It’s Tolkien Reading Day, everyone! So grab your nearest Hobbit, eat second breakfast, take a hike, and of course, start reading. In case you are one of the many (like me) who has lamentably finished reading The Lord ofContinue reading “Tolkien Reading Day 2021!”

Shadowhunters: City of Bones Page to Screen Review Part II

Rejoining our teenage monster-hunters for the first movie review on BookmarkedOne! Catch up on the first part of the book review here, or just pretend you did and keep reading at your own risk of mild spoilers. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is PG-13 for mild language, fantasy action/violence, and suggestive content. Personally, IContinue reading “Shadowhunters: City of Bones Page to Screen Review Part II”

We Hunt the Flame (Book Review/Rant)

Book: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal Series: Sands of Arawiya, No. 1 Genre: YA (Arabian-inspired) Fantasy/Romance Content for the Sensitive Reader: Cold-blooded murder, violence in relationships, torture, war, genocide, battle sequences, seduction (via backstory), sexism, passionate kissing and contact, plenty of innuendo, mild language in various tongues, implied mind control. Frankly, I didn’tContinue reading “We Hunt the Flame (Book Review/Rant)”

(Book Review) Land of Stories: Worlds Collide

Wanted thief Goldilocks, a baby on an adventure, witches in Manhattan, an old writer with memory problems, the fairytales you know and love in a bright shiny Land of Stories No. 6–what could possibly go wrong?

(Book Review) Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey

It’s been a really long time since I read a Chris Colfer book. And while it wasn’t Monte Carlo and Neuschwanstein castle, it was nice to have a reunion.
What did I like? Honestly, it’s hard to know where to begin. First off, it isn’t an “eleven-year-olds must save the world” book. The parents of the main characters are involved. More than that, they are vitally important. It’s a fabulous thing to see when most middle-grade books exclude parents entirely, dead before the opening, or write them as total killjoys (Harry Potter, All Four Stars, A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans–don’t get me started). Seriously, I dare you to name 5 that have healthy relationships.

Land of Stories: A Reader’s Odyssey

Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Literally. We have history. I’ve been reading it since 2012 when the first one made its way to my library. I can’t think of the series without remembering being up with a flashlight after midnight that Christmas Eve, reading page afterContinue reading “Land of Stories: A Reader’s Odyssey”

Book Review No. 25: MG Fantasy Ahoy

So it’s been a while! What with NaNoWriMo and my neglect of the Harry Potter Project, I haven’t posted a book review in some time. Never fear! I picked up The Castle Behind Thorns for a little light reading, swallowed it up within 24 hours, and now we’re back to the original purpose of thisContinue reading “Book Review No. 25: MG Fantasy Ahoy”

Book Release Thrill: The Captive Kingdom

I’m usually a very quiet person at home. But there are three things that make me yelp with excitement and alert my neighbors that some small creature might have been hugged to death. Getting exceptionally good results from a writing contest Getting a performance gig I really, really wanted New Book Pity about the squeal.Continue reading “Book Release Thrill: The Captive Kingdom”

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