Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist takes place over one life altering afternoon in Seattle during the World Trade Organization protests. Shifting perspective from protesters, to police officers, to even a Sri Lankan financial minister, the story’s characters intertwine in unexpected & meaningful ways. Picture Vantage Point, but without Dennis Quaid, & if it were actually ridiculously good. Continue reading

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

Emma is probably most writer’s dream editor. She cares about her author as much as she cares about her author’s books, but does she understand her author as much as she understands her books? That understanding may be reserved for the author’s family. When the celebrated Brazilian author Beatriz Yagoda goes missing, Emma, Beatriz’s daughter & son, & even Emma’s poor boyfriend, are the most effected. There’s also some seedy publishers, some loan shark gangsters, & a team of confused hotel employees who get pulled into Beatriz’s disappearing act in amusing & even emotional ways. Continue reading

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Stiefvater, you sly minx. You’ve done it again. There’s just no way that I can’t love this.

IMG_5161I have a fear of spoiling absolutely anything, but I’ll just start with a disclaimer that I am an incredibly biased fangirl of this entire series. I want endless scenes of these characters doing nothing from day to day. I want to know where they are fifty years later, what they were like as babies, what their favorite movies/colors/songs are. (Nope. Wait. We already know. It’d be the Murder Squash Song.)

I love my copy of this book I received from Fountain Bookstore, located in Richmond, VA. Maggie signed each one with a cute skull king & it also came with a drawing from her &  bookmark.

I’ve reviewed the other three in this series, so if you’re new to The Raven Cycle then click here.

If not then read on, but be warned of SPOILERS. Continue reading

Twitterature: Black Box by Jennifer Egan

In computing, a black box is any device which can be viewed in terms of transferring information in & out, without any knowledge of its internal workings. Because of this broad definition, it has been said that almost anything might be referred to as a black box: a transistor, an algorithm, or even the human brain.

What originally started as an apology to her Twitter followers for accidental spam, turned into a popular spy-thriller. The story itself is deceivingly simple. It follows a beautiful female spy in the futuristic South of France. It manages to include patriotism, gender issues, racial prejudices, & more, without ever feeling like it’s jabbing opinions at you. Continue reading