Some thoughts I jotted down on a trip last weekend that I’m just getting typed up! Comfortably seated in the roomy chairs of an Amtrak train, I watch my surroundings whip past me in a blur. I actually prefer taking a train to my destination rather than fly. Crazy, I know. Why exchange a one-hour […]
Immediately after completing the first book in the duology, Six of Crows, I dove into Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. It was an enormously satisfying conclusion to the band of misfits that I’ve come to love. The best part? It reminds me so much of my favorite movie, Ocean’s Eleven. Read on for a spoiler-free review of […]
It’s rare to find a refreshing take on young adult romance, particularly when the story depends on political intrigue and complicated relationships to drive the plot forward. The Traitor’s Kiss, by Erin Beaty, is nothing if not archetypical, but I can’t help falling in love with the protagonists, and if you love young adult romance with […]
I was so excited when St. Martin’s Press sent me an e-galley of the follow-up to The Star-Touched Queen. That book was simply filled with wonder and mythology, dreams and nightmares. The prose was so elegantly written, with visceral details and heart-wrenching emotions. The main character there is a young woman who is determined to […]
Six of Crows is the first in a duology by bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo. You may remember her name from The Grisha Trilogy, or maybe from the upcoming Wonder Woman novel, Warbringer! Six of Crows takes place within the Grisha universe, but set a bit further into the future after the conclusion of her first […]
With the second book in the series making its way through Instagram feeds, I prioritized The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye high up on my TBR list. I knew almost nothing about the book before I started, except that it was based on Russian folk lore and culture, and the title seemed to imply a political […]
Hello reader! Thank you so much for celebrating the launch of my blog, Bette’s Pages, with me today- and I hope I’ll see you around in months to come.
Why start a blog after all this time (finally)?
I didn’t realize I loved retellings as much as I did until I read the Lunar Chronicles last year, which puts a futuristic spin on classic fairy tales, like Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood. When I was offered a copy of Ensnared by Rita Stradling, described as “a near future retelling […]
V.E. Schwab’s epic fantasy series finally came to a conclusion and I will never be the same. There are three books in the series: A Darker Shade of Magic A Gathering of Shadows A Conjuring of Light I didn’t start reading the series until the final book, A Conjuring of Light, came out. I get really […]
For those of you who have followed my Instagram journey from the beginning, you know that I started off as @bette.plans. A social media account with humble beginnings, I wanted to share my love of paper planners with the world and at that time, I didn’t have the time or commitment to work on a blog […]