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I co-host the podcast Books That Burn where we discuss fictional depiction of trauma in books. On the blog Reviews That Burn I focus on books by queer authors and authors of color, or books featuring queer characters (regardless of the public identity of the author).

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Reviews

The Forgotten Lyric

The Forgotten Lyric by Carolina Cruz

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Graphic/Explicit CW for blood, violence, torture, murder, death. Moderate CW for grief, alcohol, vomit, injury detail. Minor CW for sexual content, child death.

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The Unwanted Prophet

The Unwanted Prophet by Carolina Cruz

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Graphic/Explicit CW for classism, religious bigotry, grief, confinement, drug use, emotional abuse, blood, physical abuse, violence, torture, murder, death. Moderate CW for alcohol, ableism, vomit, injury detail, self harm, suicide attempt, animal death.

Fantastic!

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A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams

A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams by Dax Murray

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Easy to switch to other tasks
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: Focus on the story solely
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Moderate CW for blood, violence, murder, death. Minor CW for sexual content, animal death.

The Beast of Loughby Island

The Beast of Loughby Island by Matt Doyle

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

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Tales of Mundane Magic: Volume One

Tales of Mundane Magic: Volume One by Shaina Krevat

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Death

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Caroline's Heart

Caroline's Heart by Austin Chant

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

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Blind Man's Wolf

Blind Man's Wolf by Amelia Faulkner

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Matches the story well

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Shades and Silver

Shades and Silver by Dax Murray

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Minor CW for injury detail, emotional abuse.

Full review posts 04/03/2024. I'm also working on an essay about how this story uses disability, identity, and allegorical gender.

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Three Kings

Three Kings by FreydĂ­s Moon

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Graphic/Explicit CW for sexual content. Moderate CW for alcohol, drug use, infertility, violence, injury detail, medical content, animal death, death.

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The Fall That Saved Us

The Fall That Saved Us by Tamara Jerée

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Moderate CW for sexual content, emotional abuse, physical abuse, child abuse, blood, violence, injury detail, self harm.

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Soultaming the Serpent

Soultaming the Serpent by Tar Atore

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Moderate CW for grief, confinement, blood, violence, injury detail, medical content, torture, death.

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A Case of Madness

A Case of Madness by Yvonne Knop

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Graphic/Explicit CW for cancer, homophobia, hate crime, mental illness, violence, suicide attempt. Moderate CW for cursing, alcohol, drug use, toxic relationship, blood, terminal illness, car accident, medical content.

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How To Sell Your Blood and Fall In Love

How To Sell Your Blood and Fall In Love by D.N. Bryn

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Graphic/Explicit CW for grief, sexual content, blood, violence, chronic pain. Moderate CW for drug use, bullying, kidnapping, fire, emotional abuse, physical abuse, panic attacks/disorders, stalking, gun violence, injury detail, murder, death.

The Thirteenth Hour

The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Graphic CW for grief, classism, religious bigotry, death. CW for cursing, toxic relationship, emotional abuse, physical abuse, kidnapping, confinement, institutionalization, mental illness, fire, injury detail, rape, torture, slavery, genocide.

Review posts on 4/14/2024

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Wolf, Willow, Witch

Wolf, Willow, Witch by FreydĂ­s Moon

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Moderate CW for cursing, sexual content, sexism, misogyny, confinement, emotional abuse, physical abuse, toxic relationship, panic attacks/disorders, alcohol, blood, violence, gun violence, injury detail, body horror, murder, death.

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Heart, Haunt, Havoc

Heart, Haunt, Havoc by FreydĂ­s Moon

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Moderate CW for grief, cursing, sexual content, dysphoria, blood, violence, injury detail, medical content, body horror, animal death, murder, death. Minor CW for racism, alcohol, vomit, gore, colonization.

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The Reanimator's Heart

The Reanimator's Heart by Kara Jorgensen

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Graphic/Explicit CW for grief, blood, violence, murder, death. Moderate CW for ableism, mental illness, sexism, misogyny, panic attacks/disorders, cannibalism. Minor CW for alcohol, self harm.

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The Reanimator's Soul

The Reanimator's Soul by Kara Jorgensen

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: Graphic CW for sexual content. CW for ableism, gore, blood, violence, medical content, medical abuse, conversion therapy, panic attacks, torture, murder, death. Minor CW for sexual assault, forced institutionalization, alcohol, homophobia, child abuse.

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