TV Trauma: The After Effects of “Gilmore Girls”

‘Ello ‘ello. It’s your favorite married blogger, Nikkie, saying thanks for taking a break from your murderous, psychopathic shopping sprees to feast your eyes on our humble little slice of the Internet. How will I reward you? By complaining about “Gilmore Girls” some more. You’re welcome!

I know what you’re thinking. “Nikkie, you were supposed to do another blog post before you go to the continuation of your ‘Gilmore Girls’ rage.” And you’re right about that. But then the election happened—enough said. So I’m sorry that this post, in conjunction with my last post, makes me seem all grouchy. On the other hand, I’m not that sorry! Sometimes things suck, and that needs to be conveyed.

Additionally, while I will be using “Gilmore Girls” as an example throughout this post, what I’m really trying to do is point out some issues I have with the way a lot of shows are being written. So, I arguably apologize for crapping all over this show yet again . . . but at this point, you should know what to expect from me. Continue reading “TV Trauma: The After Effects of “Gilmore Girls””

The After Word: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Howdy ya’ll! Super Hubs here with another short story anthology review. Today we’re talking Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, a YA collection edited by April Genevieve Tucholke. The stories in this one are of a darker variety, with many of them having an outright horror bent. Each of the stories is based on either a movie, a song, or another short story—though mostly they’re inspired by movies. Part of the fun, at least for me, was trying to figure out what each story was inspired by, so I won’t be spoiling that for you (and they list the influences at the end for your convenience)! We’ll be going through the stories one by one and giving a brief synopsis/review. S’gonna be fun!


“The Birds of Azalea Street” by Nova Ren Suma: A group of teen girls plots how to take revenge on a neighborhood pervert. Their parents don’t believe them when they try to tell them how uncomfortable the guy makes them, and when he all but molests one of their friends, they decide something has to be done. When the man comes home with a shockingly gorgeous woman, they think she’s been kidnapped or is a mail-order bride being held against their will. They break into the house to rescue her, but things take a supernatural turn. There’s a subplot about all the birds disappearing from the neighborhood and it’s heavily implied that the man has been killing them. The story is predictable but good, and the ending was interesting. I would give it a second read at least. It was one of the easiest to figure out the inspiration for. Continue reading “The After Word: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys”

The After Word: Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity

Bienvenidos, my lovelies. Nikkie here with another After Word, this time talking about a book that is coming out TODAY. That’s right, y’all: I got my hands on an ARC. I have my gig with the Barnes and Noble Teen blog to thank for that, so hooray for free books!

Since this is a new release, I will try to avoid as many spoilers as I can. This will be a little difficult because I didn’t actually care for the book, and some of my issues with it relate to plot. So it will be lightly spoiler-y.

You ready?

Continue reading “The After Word: Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity”

The After Word: Sara Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes trilogy

Greetings and salutations all you lovely bookies. By which I mean people who like books, not people who take bets and break kneecaps when someone can’t pay up. Although I suppose if that kind of bookie is here, hello to you too, and also why are you here? Anyway! It’s Nikkie here, typing up a bunch of words about Sara Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes trilogy.

I wish there were a different name with which to refer to the trilogy, by the way; it seems weird to call it by the name of the first book. I suppose it could be called the Primoria trilogy, as that is the name of the world (continent) in (on) which it’s set . . . But since I don’t think that’s the convention, I probably won’t use it so that no one gets confused! (It is now my headcanon though.)

As I’ve recently finished the final book in the series, Frost Like Night, I was planning to blog about it when I realized that I haven’t talked about the first two books (beyond bringing up the series in my review of A Torch Against the Night). I may have mentioned one or the other back when the blog was Lit’s Not Dead, but as that no longer counts, I should probably talk about the series as a whole. As such, there will be spoilers—fairly heavy spoilers for the whole kit and kaboodle. So, as always, if you care about that kind of thing, get the heck on out of here!

The rest of you: follow me! I’m going to start with a synopsis of the three books, and then go into my personal thoughts after that. Continue reading “The After Word: Sara Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes trilogy”