Literature · Novels and Novellas

Faces of Fear by John Saul | Book Review

Faces of Fear by John Saul follows a teenage girl named Allison Shaw who shows some insecurity about her plain appearance. Her parents eventually get divorced due to her father turning out to be gay. Which leads to her mother, Risa Shaw, eventually marrying famed plastic surgeon Conrad Dunn whose wife had committed suicide. Conrad… Continue reading Faces of Fear by John Saul | Book Review

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Films · Literature · Novels and Novellas

Coraline: What I Don’t Like About the Movie

  Coraline is one of my favorite books. As kid I was obsessed with it – I checked it out several times from the library until I finally bought my own copy. My child brain was fascinated by the dark world the book creates and Coraline’s showdown with the other mother. All the images and… Continue reading Coraline: What I Don’t Like About the Movie

Literature · Short Stories

Where are you going, Where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates | Short Story Analysis

Connie is your typical attractive teenage girl – she likes going out with friends and flirting with boys. She’s annoyed with her family, especially her mother who’s constantly criticizing her. Her flirting is mostly innocent fun until she’s confronted by a strange older man named Arnold Friend at her home. Some may view this story… Continue reading Where are you going, Where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates | Short Story Analysis

Literature · Novels and Novellas

The Duff by Kody Keplinger | Book Review

The Duff is a Young Adult book about a girl named Bianca Piper who is best friends with two beautiful girls and is “plain” by comparison. She gets labeled a Duff (designated ugly fat friend) by a popular, attractive boy named Wesley who's known in school for sleeping around. Bianca throws cherry coke when he… Continue reading The Duff by Kody Keplinger | Book Review

Literature · Poetry

Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women by Aemilia Lanyer | Poetry Analysis

Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women is a poem by Aemilia Lanyer (1569-1645) that comes from her work Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum and when I first read it I was fascinated – the poem basically makes an argument that blaming all women for Eve’s sin is silly, and that if she is to be blamed… Continue reading Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women by Aemilia Lanyer | Poetry Analysis

Literature · Poetry

Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti | Poetry Analysis

Goblin Market is probably one of the most interesting and strange poems I have read. I mean it terms of lyricism and prose it doesn’t wow me. But the little story the poem tells and how drips with erotic undertones does. Come on it’s hard not to think of sexual innuendos when reading this poem.… Continue reading Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti | Poetry Analysis

Literature · Novels and Novellas

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad | Book Review

Hating Heart of Darkness is almost cliché at this point. Sure it’s a classic and all, but many people hate the book. Reasons range from it not being a fun read to the racism found within the text. Well I guess I’m a cliché when it comes to this. Heart of Darkness was not fun… Continue reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad | Book Review

Literature · Novels and Novellas

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte | Book Review

I suppose this is technically a re-read. When I was a kid I read Jane Eyre but I wasn’t that invested into it. So really, reading it was like reading something new. And I have to say I loved it. Jane’s experience throughout the novel was relatable to me. I loved her narration. Although, like… Continue reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte | Book Review

Literature · Novels and Novellas

Alice by Christina Henry | Book Review

*Slightly Spoiler-ish* Alice in Wonderland has spawned many re-tellings. And why wouldn’t it? It’s a great story that sparks everyone’s imagination. Many like to put a much darker spin on the story. Such is the case with Christina Henry’s novel “Alice.” The book follows Alice, a woman taken from a happy, privileged life and forced… Continue reading Alice by Christina Henry | Book Review