Protecting You From Yourselves

One of things I loved the most about Jessica Spostwood's Born Wicked is that it is an alternate history. I find alternate history novels fascinating and I loved how she tweaked around the real history of the witch trials for her book. In Spotswood's story, New England is ruled by the Brothers, a religious organization that is ruled by men who fear women having power....more
As much as I would like to think I would act out against their unfair tyranny, I'm a follower by ... more

Born That Way

In Jessica Spostwood's Born Wicked, Cate tries really hard to deny that she and her sisters are witches. Her society has told her that they are wicked and dangerous. She's tried not using her magic and that just caused it to leap out, uncontrolled, at unfortunate times. She uses it just enough to keep it in control but the magic wants out. It wants to be used and she can't completely stop it....more
When I try to think of natural abilities or talents I have a hard time coming up with something. ... more

Living With the Consequences

For every choice there is a consequence. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not. In Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked, Cate thought that she was doing the right thing by trying to keep her sisters out of the public eye. It turned out by not being in public she might well have exposed them all to greater suspicion. ...more
I used to just go with my gut without worrying a lot more when I was younger.  As I've gotten ... more

Do You Know Your Inner Wild Girl?

I tend to think that more adult responsibilities we get and the more grown-up we act, the more we lose our childlike enthusiasm for things. Some people might argue that's a good thing, but I don't agree. I think there's a lot to be said for maintaining our joie de vivre. It made me sad to see Cate's inner wild girl retreat farther and farther away from the surface in Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked. ...more
I think everyone has a wild girl inside them, she speaks to us all day long.  Sometimes we take ... more

Do You Know Your Inner Wild Girl?

I tend to think that more adult responsibilities we get and the more grown-up we act, the more we lose our childlike enthusiasm for things. Some people might argue that's a good thing, but I don't agree. I think there's a lot to be said for maintaining our joie de vivre. It made me sad to see Cate's inner wild girl retreat farther and farther away from the surface in Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked. ...more
I'm so afraid that years of motherhood and domesticity have squashed my inner wild girl so much ... more

Born Wicked: More Than Magic

Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked, the first in her The Cahill Witch Chronicles series, was not quite what I expected. I expected a novel about a young witch who was afraid of her powers. What I got what that and so much more. It reminded me a little bit of The Handmaid's Tale, a bit of The Scarlet Letter, and it's the first alternate history novel I've read in a long time that wasn't steampunk. It kept me flipping through the pages, torn between wanting to know what happened next and not wanting the story to end. ...more
Okay... it was alternate history?  I was so confused... LOL!  I guess it's all that dystopian ... more

Books as Comfort

If there was one place I felt a really strong kinship to Dominique Browning in Slow Love it was when she was talking about books. Packing her books. Weeding her books. What books she read to laugh. The number of unread books she had in her house and why she had them. Oh yes, I heard her loud and clear. ...more
There are certainly more dangerous things to find comfort in than books! Though there are also ... more

Stroller: Slow Love, Lost Love or Love Never Found?

In Dominique Browning's memoir, Slow Love, she spends a lot of time remembering and questioning a past relationship. In the book Browning calls him Stroller, a name that he chose for himself after rejecting Walker. Walker isn't his real name either, she chose it because he's best at walking away. And well, that sums up her relationship with Stroller. ...more
Couldn't agree more. Enjoyed the book but wanted to shake her shoulders when it came to ... more

Passing For Middle Class

The concept of passing privilege is one I’ve seen talked about a lot in both discussions of race and of gender. It means, most simply, that you pass for something you are not considered to actually BE when it comes to mainstream society. That means a person can pass as white – and receive the privilege that entails. That means a person can pass as cis-gendered – and receive the privilege that goes along with being cis-gendered (at least to a point)....more

This is entirely true.

I feel like, anymore, people are reluctant to admit to true ... more

A Discovery of Witches Left Me Wanting More Right NOW

Would it be enough to say "Edward Cullin has NOTHING on Matthew Clairmont!" and end my review there?No?  I suppose not. How about if I add "Who better for a historian than a man who has lived through history?"No?  Still not enough?...more

A big "here! here!" from me! I loved the book, am SO impatient for the next two to come out and ... more