What makes Every Heart a Doorway unique, though, is how it shows the aftermath of those stories and the tenderness it gives to children with trauma.
I love when villains go absolutely feral, when they finally realize playing by the rules isn’t going to get them what they want.
Do you ever feel like a book just reaches into your soul? Like you’ve been seen in a deep, intimate way that leaves you breathless?
What blew me away about this book was how well it has interwoven Jewish culture and history while subverting harmful and all too familiar tropes.
Effortlessly balancing tension, exposition, and world building, Darling tells an increasingly dark tale of what happens to boys who don’t want to grow up.
Who we are is less important than who we could be.
Spanning over a decade, She Who Became the Sun is a slow-burn of a novel, moving at a pace perfectly suited for the kind of story it is telling.
A Dowry of Blood weaves a chilling tale of toxic love and the way it entraps us, sucking the very life out of us, until we can hardly recognize ourselves.
Mexican Gothic, in terms of punching-up, is an absolute slugfest.
Imagining other people complexly, particularly those with lives very unlike our own, is what brings empathy.