The Assassin’s Blade ~ Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 3/5 I read this novella collection from the Throne of Glass series following my reading of Empire of Storms. Because I read this book so far into the series, Celaena's character felt less well-rounded than future books in the series, and the style is rather one-dimensional as all the stories are from just one-perspective. … Continue reading The Assassin’s Blade ~ Sarah J. Maas

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The Rat Tunnels of Isfahan ~ Alejandro de Gutierre

Rating: 2/5 This is a short novella about a man in a desert prison. A red scorpion wanders into his cell, and he is faced with the possibility of imminent death. The red scorpion provides a three day death to anyone unfortunate enough to be struck by his stinger. When faced with a guard who's … Continue reading The Rat Tunnels of Isfahan ~ Alejandro de Gutierre

Living on the Borderlines ~ Melissa Michal

Rating: 4.5/5 This book felt cozy and thought provoking. Full of emotion, Michal has compiled stories that share some Native experiences, from a sensory experience to discovering long lost family. This collection is simple and moving, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent reading. Short story collections can often be hit or miss, but … Continue reading Living on the Borderlines ~ Melissa Michal

At the End of the Century ~ Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Rating: 2/5 This short story collection comes from India, but is written in English instead of translated as Jhabvala is an immigrant to India herself. Anita Desai wrote a lovely introduction, and I don't typically read introductions, but have enjoyed some of Desai's previous work and trust her judgment. Jhabvala herself unfortunately has passed, and … Continue reading At the End of the Century ~ Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good ~ Helene Tursten

  Rating: 3/5 This noir short story collection follows an elderly woman named Maud. She has lived in her building for 88 years of her life with her mother and sisters before they died. When the apartment building was bought by her landlord, she received a contract to live there rent-free for the remainder of … Continue reading An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good ~ Helene Tursten