Karena's Reviews

Karena is in a non-monogamous relationship with Speculative Fiction, Romance, Feminist manifestos and any other little ARC that catches her eye. Snarky heroines are her weakness. She spends her nonreading time playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family (but really still thinking about what she could be reading).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Šejić is one of my favorite comic book author/artists. I'm so very fond of this sex positive, LGBTQ friendly comic with its brilliant art and hilarious dialogue. Watching Allie and Lisa figure out their BDSM relationship and their relationship outside those boundaries is both sweet and heartrendingly realistic. - Karena

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Sunstone Volume 1 (Sunstone Tp #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781632152121
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Published: Image Comics - January 6th, 2015

I kind of have an obsession with books where a woman is raised in extreme religious families. This fictional tale of a girl raised on TV with her preacher father, machinating mother, and five siblings fit the bill perfectly. I love the way Essie figures out how to escape by  using the rules and restrictions her parents set up against her. It is fantastically written. - Karena

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The Book of Essie: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520313
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Published: Knopf - June 12th, 2018

Looking for a new fantasy series? Hawke's is a breath of fresh air. Told from the POV of a brother and sister, respectively, who are in the business of poison, I could hardly keep up with the many twists and turns of suspense and action. The character growth was well thought out and the world-building is complex, yet not overwhelming. - Karena

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City of Lies: A Poison War Novel (The Poison Wars #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765396891
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Published: Tor Books - July 3rd, 2018

Female friendships are beautiful, wonderful things and yet through media we've been told they aren't important, that women are shallow, and we'll outgrow them when/if we get married. I love that Schaefer reminds us to surround ourselves with women better than ourselves. As she says in the intro, "text me when you get home, let's continue the conversation." - Karena

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Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781101986127
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Published: Dutton - February 6th, 2018

This intersectional book about period-having people needs to be read by everyone. It removes the stigma of menstruation which has plagued us all, whether you have a period or not. There are essays from a transgender man, a homeless person, a disabled person as well as 9 other voices. It changed my life. No longer will I hide my tampons! Let's have conversations. Let's make it normal. - Karena

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Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250141941
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 8th, 2018

If you're like me, Robin Williams was part of your life at some point. I, unlike a lot of kids my age, was introduced to his standup first rather than his work in Disney. It broke my heart when I heard he passed. This biography is fantastic. It tells the story of Robin the man, not just Robin the performer. Be warned, it's a five alarm snot bomb so bring your tissues. - Karena

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Robin Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781627794244
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 15th, 2018

This is Sarah MacLean at her very best. She has a talent for showing you the side of Regency England that others decide to skip. She illustrates the difference in worlds between the nobility and the seedier side of London with an eye for detail and an understanding for what readers want. Felicity and Devil have an amazing dynamic and whip-smart dialogue. I am absolutely in love with her side characters and can’t wait for their stories. - Karena

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Wicked and the Wallflower: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book I Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062692061
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Published: Avon - June 19th, 2018

Right off the bat, I felt a connection with Paul, who keeps a journal to track her books. I’m fantastically obsessed with doing this (I have a database! she admits nerdily). Each chapter is centered around a book that has made a difference in her life at one time or another. What I particularly enjoyed is that you don’t have to have read each mentioned book to relate. Perfect for any bibliophile. - Karena

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My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250182548
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Published: Picador - May 1st, 2018

Roxane Gay has put something together here that is almost indescribable. The very essence of rape culture has permeated our society so subtly that we often don’t think of rape other than in the most physical sense of the word. But in this collection of essays, writers of all backgrounds talk about how their lives have been affected by rape culture. It is a masterful collection, unflinching and relatable. - Karena

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062413512
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 1st, 2018

I am always on the lookout for fantasy novels that aren’t based in medieval Europe, so when I discovered this story with its Chinese influence, I was immediately intrigued. It is a vividly told narrative about a young girl who, despite being an orphan without connections, lands a place in a military academy and vows to make a name for herself. In the process of going through the difficulties that follow, she learns more about herself and the country she calls home. - Karena

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The Poppy War: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062662569
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Published: Harper Voyager - May 1st, 2018

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