First Chapter Thoughts: In the Dream House

My partner is actually the one who recommended this book to me (the wonderful Davey at @NotLisaDavis <3) and so far, I'm enthralled. In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado is a creative non-fiction memoir that combines elements of slipstream, magical realism and literary fiction to talk about an abusive relationship from her past, as well … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: In the Dream House

First Chapter Thoughts: Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Gracia

A while back, I read Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Gods of Jade and Shadow, and fell utterly in love. Her prose, her characterization, her wry, dark humour, combined with Mayan mythology and clever worldbuilding - It's a fantastic novel, which I've reviewed over here. So, inevitably, I'm checking out more of Moreno-Garcia's work. The first I got my hands … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Gracia

The Gremlin’s Library: The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

TW: This book deals explicitly with homophobic violence, which I'll be discussing below. Damn. Damn, this book wrecked me. I read The Grief Keeper as the group book for Latinx Book Bingo, and I knew it was gonna be hard, but it just. It came right for my neck. The Grief Keeper follow two Salvadoran … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

The Gremlin’s Library: My Invented Country by Isabel Allende

It's been a while since I reviewed a non-fiction book, and I don't think I've ever reviewed a memoir on here before. I read Isabel Allende's My Invented Country for Latinx Heritage Month (back in October) and as somebody who knew very little about Chile beforehand, it was a great read. First of all, Allende is hilarious. She has … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: My Invented Country by Isabel Allende