A quick review for a quick read. With a fantastic, high stakes, fun plot, this book manages to wrap us in the cozy ambiance of Italian art and architecture while also being an adventure worthy of the 2016 film of the same name.
In To Paradise, Yanagihara has invented a newer, subtler way to torture her readers and her characters: loneliness, helplessness, and self-delusion. All afflictions that more easily land close to home than the operatic suffering of A Little Life.
While I read a comparatively small proportion of contemporary fiction growing up, EJ Books keeps up with the latest and most interesting releases (according to me), particularly translations coming out of East Asian countries and novels by Asian-American authors.
I have always been an avid YA reader and the genre hasn’t lost any of its magic over the years. Some of the books I’m most passionate about are YA: An Ember in the Ashes, Six of Crows, and the OG Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men.
Dark academia has never been more in, more inclusive, or more interesting. But how do modern dark academia novels take on the sinister darkness within real modern academia?