BOOK REVIEW: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Vassa in the Night is a YA book I received in the September OwlCrate subscription box. Written by Sarah Porter and published on September 20th, 2016, this book is 296 pages of the most cleverly crafted magic realism I have ever read. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter”

Musing over Music

We all have our muses, whether they be our own lives, mythology, or other works of fiction. One of my own most powerful ones is music.

As a musician myself, I am often hyperconscious whenever a song is being played over the radio or on my phone. While I am aware of the words, I tend to pay more attention to the notes that the vocalist is singing and the instrumental supporting those notes. My director often says that the singer and/or the melody parts are the icings atop the musical cake, and the rest of the ensemble play various levels of support, whether it be counter-melody or background. As a trumpet player, I often have the melody more often than the others in my ensemble, which consists mostly of saxophone players, but tend to switch easily to other parts as well.

However, I am sometimes stopped dead in my tracks over the lyrics of particular songs. When I am listening to the words of some songs, I am struck by the visual imagery that they can create, and the deeper layers added to that imagery by the instrumental beneath those words. While writing a piece for my first rotation turn on The Sisters of the Pen, I decided to take advantage of one of these instances.

Twin Skeletons by Fall Out Boy is a song that has always struck me as important to my own creativity. In my mind, it’s a very contemporary Gothic piece, and has just the right amount of creep factors. As someone who spends a lot of time within the contemporary Gothic genre, I found it an immense help in writing the piece.

What are some of your thoughts on music and writing? I think they can stick together like the perfect Oreo, or sometimes fall flat like an untuned instrument. It depends on the person, I suppose, as well as the type of music and writing being done.

Best wishes,


Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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Today I’m doing the Totally Should’ve book tag. It was created by the Youtube channel emmabooks, but I first found it on the Youtube channel ProblemsofaBookNerd, and then the website readerreyna. Well, without further ado, here we go. Please enjoy! Continue reading “Totally Should’ve Book Tag”

Currently Reading List and Upcoming Reviews

The books that I am currently reading are Challenger Deep by Neil Schusterman, Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman.

Challenger Deep should be finished by the end of the month, at least, and I’m hoping to have a review out for that two weeks after I finish it, or so.

I know I promised a Durarara!! review a while ago as well, and I promise that is coming as well. A review of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone is also on the way.

Thank you all for being patient. ❤

Best wishes,


Why You Should Read Fantasy

Today I want to talk about why I think that you should read fantasy books. Fantasy’s a really popular genre, and I’m going to give you some reasons why it has managed to attract such a vast quantity of readers. Here are five reasons, in no particular order of importance. Continue reading “Why You Should Read Fantasy”