Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten TuesdayFrom The Broke and the BookishJuly 21: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.)

I have been thinking about and reading a lot about this type of character over the last couple of years, and especially because my summer course required me to read even more books about it. This isn’t my usual “top ten” but instead just a simple list of ten in no particular order.

Part-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher – Four very different girls, and best friends, experience the ups and downs of working at the local theme park.

Heaven by Angela Johnson – An African-American girl explores her roots and family in the town of Heaven.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – Without giving away too much, there is sexual diversity and discovery, as well as family interplay with the idea of acceptance.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – I think the title basically says it all for this one.

Ethan, Suspended by Pamela Ehrenberg – Jewish-American kid gets sentenced to a D.C. suburb and attends school with African-American and Hispanic kids who follow different rules than he is used to.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Socioeconomic and ethnic diversity culminate in a heart-wrenching love story.

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner – A diverse range of kids are involved with rescuing the Star-Spangled Banner from thieves.

The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne – A man with Tourette Syndrome performs strength training and works in a library, amazing story.

The Vow by Jessica Martinez – A girl promises to marry her best friend so he isn’t forced to leave the country after his father loses his work visa.

Night by Elie Weisel – One man’s tragic tale of life during the Holocaust in a concentration camp.

Book Review: Emma


Alexander McCall Smith was selected to rewrite the great stories of Jane Austen, however his execution left something to be desired.

There was very little about this version of Emma that was different from the original. Some of the language had been updated and the accompaniments such as a Mini Cooper, however, these slight changes were not enough to convince me that Austen’s tale had been updated or improved upon at all.

Emma is still the same self-absorbed rich girl that we all know who befriends simple Harriet Smith and proceeds to set about match-making everyone in sight except for herself. There are many of the same events and personalities as the original including the drawing of Harriet, the picnic with Miss Bates, the elusive Mr. Churchill, and the anxious Mr. Woodhouse. However these similarities made the story fall flat rather than stand up by itself.

While McCall Smith did an admirable job of sticking to the original story, it was done in such a way that was too strict. Not to mention the overly verbose paragraphs about the background of Mr. Woodhouse and the internal monologue of Miss Taylor.

The plot itself, having not changed all that much was still interesting, a slow love story mixed in with other love stories, misdirection, misguided help, and a rather harsh protagonist. Austen might approve of how little the story was altered, but I, however was not that impressed.

Overall, it was not as new as I had anticipated and hoped it to be, having just finished Pemberly Digital’s “Emma Approved”, so I reluctantly gave it a solid three stars and called it a day. There wasn’t really much “modern” in Emma: A Modern Retelling.

Goodreads rating: 3 stars

My personal rating: 61

  • Writing style – 6
  • Plot – 8
  • Dialogue – 7
  • Personality of Main Character(s) – 7
  • Love story – 6
  • Invokes emotion – 3
  • Synopsis accuracy – 8
  • Consistent level of interest – 6
  • Stays on topic – 6
  • Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 4

Top Ten Tuesday (even though it’s Thursday)

Top Ten TuesdayI was going back through The Broke and the Bookish’s Web site for Top Tens and noticed that I missed one I really wanted to do: June 30: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015. So I’m going to write this up for you now so you don’t miss out on it. I’m doing this list according to the number of stars something was given on Goodreads followed by any standouts that should also be mentioned.

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare – Possibly the best book by Clare, mostly because I love Magnus Bane, and who wouldn’t? Bane is fantastic.

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow – Historical fiction, very well done, great use of time hopping.

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood – Three sisters who are witches in a time when witches are being hunted, great first title.

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis – Snow White reimagined in a science fiction sort of way, not quite the style of Meyer but very good.

Fat Chance by Nick Spaulding – A couple on a weight loss show, rediscovering their love, passion, and habits.

The Lightning Thief graphic novel by Rick Riordan et al – Depiction of one of my fav books, ’nuff said.

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich – A hot guy with powers needs bakery chef with powers to help him find a magical stone.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – A distraught mother seeks answers after the suicide of her daughter. Told in an interesting style: texts, emails, Facebook posts, and prose.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Darrow discovers that his planet is not in as dire straights as he as always been told and transforms himself in order to infiltrate the society in power.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer – Novella, part of The Lunar Chronicles. A great story and depiction of why people end up the way that they do. Cannot wait for the final installment.

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer – A great chronicling of the events of the witch trials in Salem in the 1690s.

Part-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher – Four girls whose lives don’t go as planned and end up stuck at their summer jobs, only to figure out that it’s not so bad.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor – Alyss, Princess of Wonderland, is forced to leave her home and live in our world only to be ripped back to help overthrow the vicious dictator in power.

Zodiac by Romina Russell – Rhoma, of House Cancer, realizes there is a problem approaching through the universe but no one believes the girl until it is too late.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – Red vs Silvers, those without power and those with it, until one Red discovers that she too has powers and is pursued because of them.

Blameless by Gail Carriger – This book had five stars but is part of a series so I can’t technically just recommend it on its own but I think it was my favorite out of all of them, re: Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

Book Reviews: June/July

As always, I’m going to include the ones that stand out and aren’t part of a series that I haven’t been reviewing in succession. Brace yourself, I’ve read a lot of books since my last update.

part-time princessesPart-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher: 4 stars – My first graphic novel, black and white images tell the story of four teenagers who are working summer jobs until they can start the real world. Unfortunately, this does not go according to plan and they quickly find themselves sinking back into new roles while trying to redefine themselves.

The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines: 3 stars – A new take on some old fairy tale favorites, tells of the life of Cinderella after she marries her prince, and other princesses who are not what they seem. Entertaining and little a fluffy, good distraction reading.

The Lightning Thief graphic novel by Rick Riordan et al: 5 stars – A great depiction of the imaginative world of Percy Jackson. Same story but told with colorful pictures: 12 year old Percy discovers he is a demi-god and the gods think he stole a magical item from them.

Heaven by Angela Johnson: 3 stars – A melancholy tale about a young girl who discovers something about her family thatthis one summer conflicts with her image of them and the world. Reasonably done but without enough detail for my taste.

This One Summer by Mariko & Jillian Tamaki: 4 stars – Another graphic novel that spoke to me. This one about a young girl and her summer cabin where she goes every year with her parents. But this year, her parents are fighting, her childhood friend seems too immature, and she develops a crush on a local older boy.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer: 4 stars – I’ve tried to read this novel many time and this round, it actually stuck. Maybe because it was an audiobook about Artemis’ adventures to catch a fairy and save his family from destitution.

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich: 5 stars – What an amazing find. Magic, hot guys, and a little danger, this book has it all. Bakery chef, Lizzie, is in for a big surprise that comes in a hunky package. A guy named Diesel needs her help to track down a magical stone which turns people into gluttons.

ameliaReconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight: 5 stars – A wonderfully sad yet fascinating story told through prose, text messages, emails, and Facebook posts about how a young girl killed herself and the mother’s quest to find out why. Powerful and crushing, very realistic and the back and forth of past and present was excellent.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman: 4 stars – Humorous, sad, uplifting, heartbreaking. The tale of a young Indian who wants better for himself than being stuck on the reservation. But his adventures in the all white school down the road aren’t quite what he anticipated. Filled with drawings that add character.

Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings: 4 stars – A young boy embroiled in the after math of a tragic accident, how he is coping and how he feels responsible. This book is more about learning right from wrong and developing a moral code than anything else. Well done.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell: 3 stars – A family’s misadventure in Florida, young love, heartbreak, and death. The young girl who was right in the middle of everything and what she actually said about it. Set back after WWII, follows themes of that time including Antisemitism and post-war adjustment.ethan suspended

Ethan, Suspended by Pamela Ehrenberg: 3 stars – Ethan is forced to live with his grandparents in a black DC neighborhood after an incident at school. He is the only white, Jewish kid in this new place and it definitely causes more than one issue for him. An interesting read from a different perspective.

The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley: 4 stars – Two orphan girls find themselves surprisingly adopted by a strange woman claiming to be their grandmother, which is impossible because their parents said she was dead. Unfortunately, that’s the least exciting thing that happens in a town full of fairy tale characters including Prince Charming, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Puck.

Alooking glass wars World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull: 3 stars – Slow to pick up in pace, lots of over information without explanation at first, but eventually the speed increasing and the adventure begins! Jason has been thrown in a new world and he is trying to find a way to get back but along the way discovers lots of secrets that were better left hidden.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor: 4 stars – A revival of an old story, Alice in Wonderland. Told from Alyss’ perspective, the princess of Wonderland, as she gets tossed into this world following a coup staged by her aunt. Years later, she is sought out and must return to take her rightful place on the throne.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: 2 stars – I had a very hard time getting into this story. A wonderful idea about a young girl who discovers that her father can literally read books into life which means his life is in danger, however the style was long and drawn out and not as full of adventure as I had hoped.court of thorns

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: 4 stars – Feyre kills a wolf to help feed her family and is stunned when a High Fae comes to claim her life for the action. However, he gives her a deal: come live with him over the wall instead and he will leave her family in peace. She agrees and discovers that maybe she will be better off for it.

Book Reviews

I’ve been reading so many books lately and not having any time to write updates on all of them, so I’m going to give a quick rundown of everything I’ve finished in the last month or so, which hopefully catches us up!

Fat Chance by Nick Spaulding: 5 Stars – Comical and witty about a couple headed towards a weigh loss goal. British and humorous, endearing and sometimes humiliating and sad. Pick it up!

heartlessBlameless and Heartless by Gail Carriger : 5 stars and 4 stars, respectively -Books 3 & 4 in the Parasol Protectorate series about Alexia Tarrabotti and her many misadventures. Steampunk, werewolves, vampires, and other mysteries.

Captive by Brighton Walsh: 4 stars – A little creepy, a little erotic. Girl gets kidnapped, she and the guy fall in love. Romantic in a weird sort of way. Almost like Kenyon but less supernatural and a little darker in some respects.

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood: 4 stars – Can’t remember if I mentioned the Cahill Chronicles before but I’m a little obsessed with this Victorian era witchy series. 3 sisters entwined by fate, magic, and love. Definitely read.

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate: 4 stars – Wasn’t sure I would like this book, but it turned out not eve & adamtoo shabby. Very girl meets boy in a science lab sort of way. Ending was predictable but the middle was a fast-paced, interesting read.

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs: 4 stars – Definitely scarier and weirder the more I get into the Alpha & Omega series, and this addition was no exception. More werewolves and fae written in Briggs’ unique style. Romance and terror rolled into one…although not with the same people.

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix: 3 stars – Prince Khemri finds out that life isn’t exactly what he thought it was and is killed three times before he figures out some much needed answers. Science fiction set in space, little slow at first, lots to adjust to for names and places and rules, but solid.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: 4 stars – Realistic teen fiction about a nerdy Asian guy and an awkward redheaded girl who have a meet cute on the bus and have a quiet blossoming relationship interrupted by secrets, family and social lives. Speaks to the heart, sad but incredibly honest.

Witches!: The Absolutely Trufamily romanove Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer: 4 stars – Well done portrait of life in Salem during the witch trials for the accused and accusers plus the judges and other townfolk. Very much enjoyed, complete with some illustrations.

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming: 4 stars – Life and downfall of the last Romanovs in Russia including the meeting of the tzar and his wife plus the tales of all the children, including family secrets, diabolical plots, and lots of history.

Black Heart by Holly Black: 4 stars – Last book in the Curse Workers trilogy, nice, neat ending, more or less. Magic, mayhem, and the public opinion all collide in the final chapters.

I know it’s not up to my usual standards with my own rating system and all but I would say that the only one worth skipping might be the Nix book. Personally, it’s not my style. I liked Eve & Adam as well as Eleanor & Park, but I don’t think they will make the shelf of favorites. The rest of the series are pretty worth while although curse workers was definitely towards the book of the list of those here. Fat Chance was hysterical and the Cahill Chronicles as well as the Parasol Protectorate are worth reading. The history books were great if you’re into that sort of thing and I would never not recommend Briggs.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Stitching Snow

Once again, I’m playing catching up as the end of the semester gets to me. Last Thursday (when I was supposed to post this), I was on a plane to go home for my little sister’s graduation. Kind of important. But so are all of you! So you get two posts today and hopefully another book review by the end of the week 🙂

stitching snow

If you love fairy tales with a twist, like I do, then this could be another one to add to the list. I first became obsessed with this idea when I read Cinder and every one I have read since just reinforces the idea of awesomeness.

Stitching Snow tells the story of a young, troubled girl on a distant, frozen planet who wants nothing more from life than solitude and tinkering with her machine. Slowly but surely, that must change as she is quickly thrust back into the life that she has been trying so hard to avoid.

The book, as you may have surmised, is a retelling of Snow White, complete with a king, a queen out to kill the princess, and seven “dwarves” of sorts. There is a charming prince, a war to be fought, and lies to break through.

Essie doesn’t exactly know who to trust, maybe not even her own judgement. And the deeper she gets into the life she was running away from, the harder it is to leave, and the more difficult it becomes to do the right thing.

The former princess has a unique skill set which enables her to see things differently than those around her and be comforted more by machines than man. She is talented in many ways but maybe not in those that count towards winning a kingdom and keeping it safe.

Meanwhile, she is swirling with complex feels towards Dane, the young man who threw her back into the quagmire, and questioning her own sense of self. There is little to do except throw misconceptions out the window as the world unravels to reveal that few people are who they appear to be and there are many lives at stake because of that.

This book is science fiction woven into a fairy tale, but unlike Cinder, it is set out in the galaxy somewhere. On planets not too dissimilar to our own but enough not to be replicas. I really enjoy the style of writing and the dialogue. The plot was not as predictable as I feared it would be and the ending left me breathless. I was hoping there would be more but alas, it is a stand alone.

I wish there had been a little bit more of a love story early on but how it was done makes sense in the plot so I wasn’t overly upset about that. There were some other shocks along the way, however, that I was not prepared for. Brace yourself and dive into this creative universe.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars

My personal rating: 95

  • Writing style – 10
  • Plot – 9
  • Dialogue – 10
  • Personality of Main Character(s) – 9
  • Love story – 8
  • Invokes emotion – 9
  • Synopsis accuracy – 10
  • Consistent level of interest – 10
  • Stays on topic – 10
  • Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 10

Top Ten Tuesday

So I’m bringing back last week’s top ten topic because I was too busy to do it and I’m not as interested in this week’s. Topic: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.) As always, provided by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Are Snarky and/or Sarcastic

Top Ten Tuesday

infinityNick Gautier from The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon – I have rarely read such a robust character with so much snark and attitude. This kid gets kicked in the teeth a lot and his perspective on life is unique and endlessly entertaining.

Acheron from Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Yea, this is an extra, but Kenyon knows how to write these characters. Acheron has been alive for a really long, long time giving him extra dry sarcastic and endless patience…especially when dealing with Nick (see above).

Han from Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima – Street smart and devilishly wily, this character dishes out snark like he’s getting paid to do it and almost costs him his tongue on more than one occasion.

Lizzie Bennet from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen – Who doesn’t love a witty heroine? No one. Lizzie Bennet is an interesting girl whose tongue can be caustic and sarcastic at times but usually has the best interests of her family in mind. (Also, the reboot of this series is amazing. See post here.)

Cinder & Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – A double punch of witty sarcasm and grit, both of thesecinder girls pack a punch in these areas. They are smart and full of quips, snarky and intelligent.

Mercy Thompson from Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – A shapeshifter raised by werewolves has to learn to take care of herself, and occasionally talk herself out of trouble. Mercy is sarcastic and entertaining, her inner musings never fail to delight.

Sophronia from Finishing School by Gail Carriger – A girl who isn’t a lady and doesn’t quite feel the need to become one, Sophronia definitely has her own take on living life and isn’t afraid to snark back at those who would tear her down.

Alexia Tarabotti from Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger – Basically a grown-up and spinster version of the aforementioned Sophronia, Alexia is quite the character. She has biting sarcasm and you always know where you stand with her.

blood of olympusPercy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – I never thought being inside the mind of a boy could be so delightful but Percy has sarcasm in every other word and isn’t afraid to show it…except maybe to his mom or the gods.

Sage from The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen – A street rat orphan with nothing left to lose, Sage uses his sarcasm as a weapon and a tool to keep himself safe and to keep others from getting too close, a good thing when you have secrets.

Bonus: Iggy from Horns by Joe Hill – His sarcasm is a little dark but his view is absolutely phenomenal and entertaining. Kudos.

Lizzie Bennet Diaries

I need to take a minute to shout from the rooftops about this addiction. I discovered The Lizzie Bennet Diaries less than a year ago and after binge-watching basically the entire thing in about a week, I fell in love. It was an amazing modern interpretation of a classic story that is one of my favorites: Pride & Prejudice. The characters are colorful and witty and very well done. The little snippets of Lizzie’s life that we get to witness and her interactions with the various people are incredible. The depictions are very well done and the twist to make it fit into today’s more modern world is two big thumbs up! If you want to watch, all the episodes (including bonuses with other characters) can be found here.

Unfortunately, I quickly forgot about this sensation as I dove headfirst into grad school last fall.

About 2 weeks ago, one of my school friends brought up “Emma Approved” during a group chat. I inquired about it and discovered that it was created by the same people who brought us LBD…except this story was based on the Austen novel, Emma! I was completely floored when she said this and excitedly went home to begin watching the episodes. I finished all of them in about a week, in between classes and avoiding homework and final papers. The classic tale was once again transformed in a modern re-telling and formatted to fit the small screen. Episodes (and more bonuses) can be found here.

LBD videos range from 3-5 minutes on average, Emma a little longer at about 5-7 minutes a piece. Pemberly Digital took on Austen’s complex worlds and made them into something great, something wonderful, something that I want to watch on repeat….maybe one day on DVD!

So if you want to “waste” some time on entertainment but don’t feel like watching something modern, check out one of these great features for hours of enjoyment 🙂

Book Review: Born Wicked

You know that feeling like you’re missing something but you can’t quite figure out what it is? Welcome to how Cate Cahill feels and when her life really begins to be turned upside down.

Hiding magic in a society where magic users are hunted isn’t exactly easy but Cate Cahill and her sisters have been doing itborn wicked for years. Witches used to be in power until a group known as the Brotherhood determined that they were all wicked and deserved to die. Now, New England is bereft of almost all magic and slowly turning into a submissive cult where women are the lesser beings…which is pretty much spot on with history.

This book, Born Wicked, follows the extraordinary life of Cate Cahill as she attempts to be a normal girl with ordinary problems and strives to do little more than effectively protect her sisters, from others and even themselves. The setting is a little archaic (in a good way) and it takes you back to a time when the Salem witch trials had just died down but the fear and persecution were still happening, especially the inconvenient women who crossed powerful men.

Cate tries to protect her sisters and prevent them from heavily practicing magic, but one event after another begins to topple her world view and her perspective on the whole scenario, beginning when the motherless household gains a governess. It slowly comes to light that magic is much more pervasive than Cate realized and everyone is keeping a secret (or three), including her deceased mother, some of them deadly.

Not to mention that time is running out for Cate to make a decision about the next step in her life. She has six months to take a husband, or take the vows of the Sisterhood; neither seems like a good option. Especially after she begins to fall for a man of a lower social class and continues to make other gaffes which do little for her reputation.

There is a marriage proposal (or two), a love story (or two), emotional backlash between siblings, interference from the Brothers, and more women who practice the arts than you would think. The plot builds and builds until you can no longer look away, although it isn’t quite clear from the beginning where it is going. I like a good intrigue and surprise, although some of it became predictable, that didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

The book is well written, the characters are engaging, and the love story wasn’t sappy or overwhelming. It was a little old world and history with curves thrown in; what the past of New England may have been like if witches had ruled for awhile, and we never moved past the 18th century. The relationships between the sisters and the fears described are quite real and relatable, making this story worth reading.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars

My personal rating: 92

  • Writing style – 10
  • Plot – 8
  • Dialogue – 10
  • Personality of Main Character(s) – 9
  • Love story – 8
  • Invokes emotion – 8
  • Synopsis accuracy – 9
  • Consistent level of interest – 10
  • Stays on topic – 10
  • Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 10

Book Review: The Forgotten Seamstress

the forgotten seamstressHistory and fiction bound together in a tight plot of love, loss, family, royalty, war, and grief that I could not put it down. Every turn of the page was an experience to behold and I never wanted it to end.

The book follows two intersecting story lines. That of Maria, a young orphaned girl who becomes a seamstress at the British royal palace just before WWI, and present day Caroline, a recently dumped and fired woman who is trying to figure out what to do next when she comes across the most beautiful quilt at her mother’s house.

I randomly found this at the library and picked it up. Like all of the books I select this way, I begin reading the first couple of papers to see if it will intrigue and suck me in; and this one did! It’s always exciting when that happens because it’s usually the discovery of a new author or diving in a genre I don’t normally read. This book is filled with such drama and exciting story-telling that it was hard to let go of at night.

The plight of Maria, as told through a series of tape recordings when she is in her later years, are colorful and witty, and then heart-breaking and slowly spiraling into misery only to again turn uplifting and triumphant. Caroline’s issues begin from the first pages and continue on through the story, she hits so many roadblocks that you begin to cringe and hurt at every unanticipated one.

And then the stories begin to intersect, I’m sure the words “quilt” and “seamstress” can give you a hint as to how, but it slowly becomes more and more the plight of the female (and human) condition. Not in some sort of feminist way, but just unique problems that used to and/or continue to plague women. There is stress and triumph, difficult decisions, lasting friendships, and new adventures.

Both leading ladies are stronger than they realize and though it takes them time to recognize and adapt to their circumstances, they are resilient and hardy, adjusting when they need to and becoming more solid over time, rather than weaker and falling to whims. There are men and love and even the mention of children, but I wouldn’t say it’s a romance. It’s more of a fictional look at things that likely could have happened. There are some twists that you can sort of peek at around the bend, but all the threads don’t really fall into place until last couple of chapters, making it worth the wait.

I enjoy historical fiction now and then, especially if I can keep all the names straight, and this one was an easy, although not necessarily light, read. I would definitely recommend picking it up if you see it, and even seeking it out.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars

My personal rating: 95

  • Writing style – 10
  • Plot – 10
  • Dialogue – 10
  • Personality of Main Character(s) – 9
  • Love story – 9
  • Invokes emotion – 9
  • Synopsis accuracy – 10
  • Consistent level of interest – 9
  • Stays on topic – 9
  • Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 10