Real Rae

This post is going to be a bit different. It’s going to get real and gritty, but hold on. There’s light at the end!

Here you first see me on my way to visit family. I had a wonderful time and felt great. I love showing off this side of myself.

But then you see the side of me I like to hide. The side that battles chronic exhaustion due to various health issues. The side that straight up throws a tantrum (only on occasion) when her alarm goes off. The side who’s one goal is to survive work so she can go sleep the rest of the day. The side who pays for a day or two of fun with up to a week of Complete and Utter Exhaustion Mode, then comes out of it stressing over all the catching up she has to do.

But I think, that’s part of why I have enjoyed working on To Slay a Curse so much. Giselle’s quest to kill Devoron, this curse monster who lives within her mind, whom no one can see but has utter control of her life, has been so cathartic. And the best part is, she doesn’t do it alone. She has friends who stand by her, who show her she’s worth it, who remind her she is strong when she feels so weak.

So, for all my friends out there battling illness (be it physical, mental, or emotional), this is for you. On those days when you are certain you can’t do it. When you feel like your life is meaningless and all you want to do is go home and cry, remember this: you are strong, and you are worth it, and you are loved, and you are never alone. 
God’s got this. So take a breath, take a nap, eat some chocolate, and try again. Your Devoron can be beaten. He is beaten every time you refuse to give up. He is beaten every time you smile through the pain. He is beaten every time you laugh with a friend. So don’t give up: don’t let him win. And I’ll be right there with you, fighting on.

Skyward Review


I’ve always been more a fantasy than sci-fi kind of girl, but Sanderson just might change that yet! Though, to be completely honest, I’ve only read the first three Mistborn books. But I liked them and my brother is constantly going on about him. So, when I saw Skyward come across my desk at work, I figured that was a great place to start.

Synopsis: “Spensa’s world has been under alien attack for decades. Pilots are the heroes of what’s left of humanity, and becoming a pilot is Spensa’s dream. Ever since she was a little girl, Spensa has dreamed of soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her father’s legacy stands in the way—he was a pilot who was killed for desertion years ago, branding Spensa the daughter of a coward, and making her chances of attending flight school slim to none.”

The Good:

  1. The Mystery: I love the mystery surrounding Spensa’s dad. The answers aren’t quite what I was expecting, but it works. What I’m really looking forward to is seeing how Spensa handles the implications moving forward.
  2. The Characters: You know a book is good when you can love the teleporting caterpillar that hasn’t got a single line! Even the killjoy Jorgen grew on me. But my favorite character by far is M-Bot. And seriously, how often is an AI starship your favorite character? I love Spensa, too, of course! I’m always forgetting how small she is, until she climbs on a chair to chew someone out. It’s the best!
  3. The Science: Specifically that I understood it … mostly. I wanted to be an astronaut for a bit when I was a kid. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at math and science, which quickly put an end to that plan. It’s also a large part of why I don’t read much sci-fi, but Sanderson makes even the technicalities easy to understand without taking away from the story for detailed explanations!

The Bad:

Not much to say here. If anything it would be the technical aspects of flight school. But, as I said before, Sanderson does a great job with this!

My Rating: 5/5

I really loved this book and can’t wait for the sequel. I’ll try to catch up on the rest of his stuff in the meantime.

Top Five Tricksters

It’s April Fools, and while I’m not much of a prankster, I love reading about characters that are. So, here are my top five trickster characters: ranging the gamut from harmless pranks to straight up treachery.

  1. Loki: The Norse god of mischief runs this gamut all on his own: from pranks that backfire to bringing about Ragnarok. One of my favorite Loki stories is when he puts Thor in a wedding dress to steal back Mjolnir. I also love Hiddleston’s portrayal of him in the MCU.
  2. Odysseus: One of the best known tricksters in all of classical lit, Odysseus is alternately portrayed as a cunning hero or conniving villain. However, no one can contest the fact that this man has a knack for getting out of a tight spot! If only I could get my characters out of theirs with half his poise.
  3. Fred and George Weasley: These boys sure know how to have a good time! And though they cause such delightful mayhem, they never take things too far. That’s not to say they can’t put their skills to practical use when needed. Fighting Umbridge and then Voldemort wouldn’t have been half so fun without them.
  4. Travis and Connor Stoll: Though considered by some to be Fred and George knock-offs, I’ve always like them. The Weasleys will sell you candy at an exorbitant rate, but the Stolls will rob a convenience store during battle and pass around the loot.
  5. Shawn Spencer: “I know, you know, that I’m not telling the truth. You know, I know, you don’t have any proof…” the theme song says it all. And while Shaw is more of hilarious-man-child than legit-trickster, I can never pass up a chance for Psych shenanigans. Pineapple anyone? *Side note: I didn’t include Gus here because the poor guy usually just gets drug along for the ride. But I still love him!*

And there you have it! Guess I cheated a bit with all my pairs, but they really come as a package deal. Have you got a favorite trickster? Drop them in a comment below!