That Way Madness Lies: 15 of Shakespeare’s Most Notable Works Reimagined ↞ 2021 Full Anthology Review/Break Down

HI friends, welcome back to my blog! I wasn’t planning on doing a full review for this anthology but I was in a Shakespeare mood and I love talking about new releases so I figured I would do a quick breakdown of my thoughts on Dahlia Adler’s new Shakespeare Reimagined anthology that came out in March!

This isn’t a really in depth review because I didn’t take enough notes when I read it, but it does give you a good idea of what I thought of each story and the anthology as a whole (as someone who doesn’t typically enjoy short stories).

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That Way Madness Lies: 15 of Shakespeare’s Most Notable Works ReimaginedEdited by Dahlia Adler / Stories by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka, Mark Oshiro, Kayla Ancrum, Anna-Marie McLemore, Lily Anderson, Amy Rose Capetta & Cory McCarthy, Dahlia Adler, Brittany Cavallaro, Kiersten White, Lindsay Smith, Tochi Onyebuchi, Joy McCullough, Patrice Caldwell, Samantha Mabry, Melissa Bashardoust

YA, Short Stories, Reimaging, Fantasy/Contemporary/Sci-Fi/Romance, Queer

Publication Date: March 16, 2021

Trigger Warnings: racism, antisemitism, homophobia, child neglect, physical abuse/violence, child abuse, emotional abuse, grooming, loss of a loved one, self-harm, miscarriage

Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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2021 Releases Mini Reviews: You Have A Match, Across The Green Grass Fields & Klara and the Sun

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog! This year I have barely posted any reviews, mostly sticking to wrap ups and WWW updates but one of my goals for the year was to read more 2021 releases (which I’ve hardly been doing) so I figured to try and keep myself accountable I’d most some mini-reviews of 2021 releases and chat with you all about them!

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An Informal Review of The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

#1 The Duke and I

  • Problematic for literally no reason and definitely worse than the show’s first season.
  • I really really love the writing for this series and I loved getting to know the charcaters but overall, no matter how much I enjoyed this book I will never re-read it because it’s tainted by the rape scene, and by default I can never view Daphne (or Simon because he was not blameless in her lack of knowledge of understanding) in the same way again.

TW: rape, death of a parent, abuse/neglectful parent, death during childbirth, rape

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The Last Olympian (2009) Review // They Had a Spy on The Inside and it Wasn’t Hercules Mulligan???

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan

Book 5/5 Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade/Low YA

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: May 5th, 2009

Trigger Warnings: loss of a loved one, grief, dead parents (past), injury, war, parental abandonment, death, high places/heights

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The Battle of The Labyrinth (2008) Review // Kronos Isn’t Actually The Villain???

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)

The Battle of The Labyrinth – Rick Riordan

Book 4/5 Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: March 6th, 2008

Trigger Warnings: loss of a loved one (past), grief, high places/heights, fear of spiders, misogyny, anxiety, manipulation of children, depression, anxiety, dark/underground spaces, small spaces, physical fights, talk of parental abandonment

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The Titan’s Curse (2007) Review // Suddenly My Childhood is Making A lot More Sense…

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan

Book 3/5 Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: January 1st, 2007

Trigger Warnings: loss of a loved one, grief, dead parents (past), alcoholic parent, high places/heights, fear of heights, misogyny

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The Sea of Monsters (2006) Review // We Stan Percy Jackson

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

The Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan

Book 2/5 “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: April 1st, 2006

Trigger Warnings: Bullying, Homeless children, parental abandonment, use of word freak, r*tard (challenged) & fatty, feeling insecure about appearance, death, injury

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The Lightning Thief (2005) Review // You’re telling me THIS came out the same year as Twilight?? Oh God, I’m old…

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

Book 1/5 “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”

Fantasy, (Greek) Mythology, Middle Grade

Buddy read with Destiny

Publication Date: June 28th, 2005

Trigger Warnings: Bullying, talk of abusive relationship (marriage & parental) – mental & physical, control of money by abusive parent, gambling, loss of a loved one (past), arachnophobia, injury, confined spaces, caged circus animals, mistreatment and abuse of animals

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The Foxhole Court Trilogy *Spoiler Free* Review // Captive Prince x The Raven Cycle but badly written

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All for the Game Trilogy by Nora Sakavic | Bookshop Santa Cruz ...

Character Guide ⇩

Neil Joston → 18, main character, male, dad in jail, mother dead, not his real name, dark hair dye, brown contacts, father is a murderer, 18 but paperwork says age 19, speaks German, (real name: Nathaniel Abram Wesninski), #10 Fox
Andrew Minyard → 20, blonde, 5 feet tall, goalkeeper, spent 3 years in Juvie, twin, speaks german, weekly therapy sessions, takes medication that makes him manic, (required to take it for 3 years while on parole), gay, sort of has a “free pass” to do whatever he wants because of his mental health and traumatic past
Wymack → Coach 
Aaron Minyard→ 20, “the normal twin”, speaks german, likes Caitlin
Kevin Day → Face tattoo, Striker position
Nicholas “Nicky” Hemmick → has a long distance boyfriend, Minyard cousin, speaks german, sophmore, 100% the comic relief
Riko Morriyama → Kevin’s adopted brother
Abigail “Abby” Winfield → Nurse
Betsy “Bee” → Team therapist
Nathan Wesninski → Neil’s father, “The Butcher of Baltimore”
Matthew “Matt” Boyd → with Dan, has a brotherly relationship with Neil
Dan → Team captain, ex-stripper, with Matt
Seth Gordon → 5th year senior
Edgar Allan Ravens → Riko’s Exy’s team
Luthor → Nicky’s dad, homophobic, religious
Maria → Nicky’s mum, homophobic, religious
Lola Malcolm → got rid of the bodies of the people Neil’s father killed

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1) by Nora Sakavic

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