Diversity’s Important in Books…and Their Reviewers

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Rhapsody in Hue

Write what you know. What what you feel. What what you want. As writers, our creativity frees us in expression and sensation. Yet, we to write what we want, we must remember to write a good story equipped with an awareness of our limitations as writers. Despite our best research, we will miss nuances we’ve never explored or had to explore, especially if we write a character of the opposite sex, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. No matter our best intentions, we must realize the impact one false move creates.

While this aspect’s drilled into our minds before we jot our first word, the publishing world exempts reviewers and critics. Who gets to review stories from another perspective, and often, why do they get to miss subtle and overt clues while defining the story’s existence without challenge?

Should book reviewers critique what they know, feel, or want, and at…

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Rae’s Rules to Remember #82: Fake Allyship

Fake allyship. Performative allyship. Whatever you want to call it, I’m sick of it.

If you’re unfamiliar with this bullshit trend, it’s when someone who claims to be an ally proves that they only say so to make themselves look and feel good.

I cannot tell you how disheartening it is to see someone that you once considered an ally, say and do something that proves they really aren’t. Every single time it’s a huge blow because it shows how much work still needs to be done.

It’s tiring.

This isn’t just “something I’m passionate about” this is my life. I don’t have the luxury to decide that “I don’t want to have to think or talk about race.” I don’t get to turn a blind eye to the battle over reproductive rights even though I’m having a hard time figuring out why the hell I have to fight to make decisions about my own damn body anyway. Especially as a woman who doesn’t want children. Why is it even a discussion for someone else to have when I had already made that decision in the second grade?

When you’re in the middle of fighting for social justice, it’s hard to accept that the people that you thought had your back have really been on the opposing team all along.

Don’t get me wrong, everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes you say the wrong thing or realize that you didn’t fully understand something when you thought that you did. That’s okay. The correct response is to apologize, recognize why what you did or said that was offensive and (if necessary) ask questions so that you better understand the situation and can prevent it from happening again.

What you should not do, is try to excuse it or ignore how someone is telling you they feel. It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand why they’re upset, because it isn’t about you. You hurt them, and if a friend had hurt you that way you would expect them to try to fix it right?

And when you apologize do not say, “I’m sorry IF I offended you.” You already know that you did and saying it this way just proves the apology is fake.

If you need a little help in becoming a better ally I suggest you read this. If you remember these simple things then you should be just fine. Otherwise, stop trying to claim a title that you don’t deserve.

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Once Upon A Recipe: Intro

Hi friends,

So I have decided to take your advice and go ahead with this recipe feature. It will officially be starting later this week. No set schedule, just whenever I try or create a recipe and have time to post it.

Special shout out to PatchworkKat for coming up with the name!

Stay tuned for some deliciousness 🙂


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Novella Review: The Queen’s Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5)

The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer



It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.


This was interesting.

I like that we got to see a bit of what’s happening on Luna and what Levana’s intentions are.

I’m curious about the relationship between Z and Ran now that Z has become the alpha. I think Ran was a bit dramatic the way he treated Z when he first saw him to be honest. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

3 out of 5 stars.

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Book Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer



Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.


Well this was quite an adventure.

As far as characters go, I really liked Cinder, Iko and Peony. I hated Dr. Erland at first because he seemed like a heartless jerk but I think he’s alright now. I’m sort of indifferent toward Kai. I thought I would like him at first but then he was super cocky about asking Cinder to the ball and it just went downhill from there. Plus, his reaction when he found out that she was cyborg is appalling. Adri and Pearl could both disappear from the series and I’d be okay with it. Levana….I mean she’s the villain. A good one in the sense that I hate everything about her.

I like that the history of Lunars was explained within the story and that we were finding out at the same time as Cinder. I was wondering where the title for the series came from so now I get it. By his explanation though, I knew that Dr. Erland had to be Lunar. When he asked Cinder why she was interested, I knew that she was probably was too.

By the end of Chapter 21, I guessed that Cinder was actually Princess Selene and I’m so glad that she is, because I feel like that’s going to make way for such a good series. I mean, I already think it’s good but it will definitely add to it.

I was really annoyed that Cinder made it to Peony in time but that she still died. I felt like that was a low blow. On the other hand, she saved the baby so that was good.

Things that I like about the structure of the book include the way it’s broken down and how there are quotes before each new section.

There were a few little things that I didn’t like though. I felt that the chapters ended abruptly. It seemed like many of them ended at a place where more could easily be said and a few times I would turn the page and be surprised that a new chapter was starting already.

I also could not help but notice the way that Dr. Erland described Fateen and it bothered me. She’s a dark skinned woman who’s name he can’t bother to remember and he constantly describes her as intimidating. It’s mentioned that part of it is supposedly her height but was that really even necessary at all. It’s such an annoyingly common stereotype that it felt like it served no real purpose.

Also, I know that there’s a war between planets and all, but I was bothered by the fact that everyone so willingly described Lunars as “savages.” Again, I’m looking at that from a standpoint of understanding historical context so I feel like there could have been other words used in place of that one.

I appreciate the bits of diversity in the book and I was wondering how much research Meyer put into this book since it’s set in Asia (in the future of course) and I found out from her blog that she did a good amount, so I’m glad to see that.

4 out of 5 stars.

I’m excited to see what happens next!

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Bookish Quotes #9

Welcome back to Bookish Quotes. I’m switching things up here and instead of posting these on Saturdays, this meme will take the place of This or That? and be posted on Mondays.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

~ The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I actually hate this quote with a burning passion. I hate the book and movie too honestly. You can read why here.

Anyway, I don’t agree with this quote. Unless you are an incredibly awful person you have no reason to think that you deserve to be treated like crap. I  mean really, what kind of person thinks they deserve abuse and heartache. That’s not love. The people who love you don’t hurt you.

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Rae’s Rules to Remember #81: Stop using the term “friend-zoned”

If you Google the definition of “friend zone” right now, this is what comes up:

“a situation in which a friendship exists between two people, one of whom has an unreciprocated romantic or sexual interest in the other.”

The key word in that definition is unreciprocated. 

You are not owed love, attention or affection from someone just because you have interest in them. Liking or even loving them does not mean that they have to feel the same way about you. Rejection happens to everyone. Sure, it may suck but you can’t force someone to like you. Get over it.

Stop trying to get sympathy because you didn’t get what you wanted and respect that person’s right to say no.

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