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I am an avid reader of YA, fantasy, and romance, a librarian, and a writer of fantasy short fiction.

Currently reading

Cut & Run
Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Shel Silverstein
The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius
John Joseph Adams
The Thousand Names
Django Wexler
The Duchess Hunt
Jennifer Haymore
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party - M.T. Anderson This was my second go at this novel, having given up after 50 pages on my first try because I found the voice distancing and the pacing incredibly slow.I still found the voice distancing and the pacing incredibly slow, but I think the book's good points outweigh the bad. Viewing the American Revolution through the eyes of a young black boy is fascinating, and something that is all-too-often overlooked in history in general and historical fiction in particular. Octavian is able to wrestle with the ambiguity of right and wrong in this era in a way that more teenagers (and people in general) need to be exposed to. The Revolutionary War was not a clear cut fight between the Oppressed Patriots and the Tyrannical British, and this novel portrays some of the ambiguities, especially in regards to the hypocrisy of a group of people fighting for freedom while keeping millions of people enslaved, beautifully.If you're a fan of gorgeous imagery, beautiful prose, and historical fiction, this is the book for you, teen or adult. If you're looking for more of a fun, fast-paced adventure narrative (as I usually am!), you might want to skip it.