Articles Posted in the " Traditional Press " Category


  • Beauty is Power in “The Belles”

    Beauty is in the blood… for a special few. These are the most revered citizens of Orléans, and every generation is called upon to use their magic for the good of the people. This is the world of the Belles, who are pressed into service at a young age. They set the standard for beauty, […]


  • Bonfire Is a Tired Trope That Nonetheless Entertains

    Krysten Ritter’s Bonfire is nothing we haven’t seen before. Small-town girl longs to escape, but eventually something draws her back, and she must face the demons of her past. In Abby Williams’ case, she’s an environmental lawyer who returns to investigate Optimal, the company that owns and employs most of her hometown of Barrens, Indiana. Despite […]


  • Black Star Renegades: All Style With Little Substance

    The galaxy is in chaos. Praxis is on the brink of complete control, and only the Paragon can save the day. The problem is, the Paragon is dead. Black Star Renegades is the story of Cade Sura, whose dead brother was the galaxy’s one hope. Armed with a weapon that only his brother can wield, […]


  • The Cruel Prince Review: Gritty Fantasy With A Kick

    The world of Faerie is not like our own. This is something that Jude, the main character in Holly Black’s new book, The Cruel Prince, learns at the tender age of seven. That’s when her mother’s first husband tracks down her family and kills her parents while Jude and her sisters watch. Read our before commenting. Please […]


  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns: Delightfully Dark

    Before I started reading, all I knew about Julie Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was that it was very popular at this year’s BookExpo. After finishing, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about it. This morning, when I was reading other people’s reviews searching for a way to articulate my thoughts, I discovered something important. […]


  • Warcross Review: Entertaining, If Slightly Predictable

    Warcross isn’t just a game; it’s life. In Marie Lu’s ambiguously set future, Warcross is as ubiquitous as breathing. In present day, Warcross is an enjoyable romp through a partly-virtual world, an entertaining introduction to an intriguing mystery. Read our before commenting. Please do not copy our content in whole to other websites. Linkbacks are encouraged.


  • Iron Gold Returns Fans to the Vivid World of Red Rising

    I’ll admit it: I truly didn’t believe that it could get much better than the original Red Rising trilogy – and yet, with Iron Gold, author Pierce Brown broke the chains mold. *This Iron Gold review is spoiler-free* Read our before commenting. Please do not copy our content in whole to other websites. Linkbacks are […]



  • DC Comics: The Big Book of Superman – Review

    Focusing on an essential part of the iconic DC Comics Trinity, The Big Book of Superman by Noah Smith is an enjoyable introduction to Clark Kent for young fans. Read our before commenting. Please do not copy our content in whole to other websites. Linkbacks are encouraged.