There is a bleeding, red heart buried deep in this bookseller's layers of steely cynicism. You can't get there with conventional romance; nothing gooey or pink or covered in abs-tacular models. No cheesy poetry. No roses. Only something so well-crafted, so painfully beautiful; an arrow fit for Eros himself, could have pierced its way to that heart and made it bleed as profoundly and wonderfully after reading this book. It is a marvel. It is an enchantment. Go, damn you, and read this war epic of enemy-lovers in a dangerous time. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
I can't tell you what makes this book so awesome without major spoilers, so just take a trust fall into this ball pit of a book (wait, are those balls made of bones? Are there monsters, dad jokes, and awful epic poetry hiding underneath? Is there enough sass? Who else is in this ball pit? JUST JUMP OR I'LL PUSH YOU). ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
I've been a stan for Lindy West since Shrill, her collection of essays that confronted and changed the way I thought about myself and other women. The Witches are Coming took a different approach - it challenged me not to change my thinking, but to dig in, articulate it, and own it.
Including my stance on pockets, on which West and I will never agree. Sorry Lindy. <3 you!! ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
I began this book at the same time as I started a new job, and it proved to be a good companion novel to that experience. While it seems like a typical tale of a newcomer trying to find her place in a strange world, we ought to be reminded that these stories are numerous because we need them numerous times.
A great gift for a sci-fi lover who's about to start something new, exciting, and scary. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
I admit, I found this collection a little off-putting, and a little weird (of course). It felt like it was trying too hard. And then it blossomed into something beautiful; into sentences that I saved for later, shared with friends, laughed out loud at.
If you've ever had a poor first impression of someone, and later grew to love them, think of this book that way. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus