The Gremlin’s Library: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

TW: This review and book deal with slavery and intergenerational trauma, as pertaining to the Black American experience. So I wasn't totally sold on the Riordanverse books, I'll admit. The idea seemed nice - but I wasn't sure how they were going to go. Dragon Pearl was incredible, and that helped ease my concern. But Tristan Strong? Tristan Strong … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

The Gremlin’s Library: Salt by Hannah Moskowitz

This book was fun! I've gotten into the habit of picking up books by covers and/or recs alone, because of the sense of mystery; either I'll love something or I'll hate it. One of the downsides of this, though, is that I don't always know which audience is written for. Salt is a middle-grade novel that follows … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Salt by Hannah Moskowitz

First Chapter Thoughts: Dragon Physician by Joyce Chng

One of the tropes that can go either tremendously well or terrifyingly badly in speculative fiction is the inverted gender role society; a matriarchy, usually oppressive, that denies men rights. Written by cis men, it's unbearably self-victimizing. Written by cis women, it's interesting but usually incredibly cissexist and binary. (There are a few examples that … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Dragon Physician by Joyce Chng

First Chapter Thoughts: Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky

I was recommended this book by the lovely LA Knight, and was thrilled to find that it's part of the Riordan Presents series, where authors write #OwnVoices takes on their own myths. So far, I'm not sure which myths exactly Tristan Strong is taking on, but I'm anticipating Anansi at least from the spiderweb charm! … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky