Review: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)

coePublication: October 20th 2015
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Pages: 492 pages
Source: Christmas Gift (thanks Dad!)
Genre: Adult, Fiction, Mystery, Horror, Thriller, Detective, Contemporary
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

My Thoughts

I swear, each new book in the Cormoran Strike series is better than the last. While I wasn’t too engrossed in The Cuckoo’s Calling I was completely obsessed with The Silkworm and the same goes for Career of Evil. Unlike most mystery series, the stories don’t follow the same formula each time (murder, questioning, sleuthing, solution), each book differs from the last making each new mystery new and exciting. Continue reading

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Review: Bones and All by Camille DeAngelis

IMG_20160602_171204 Publication: March 10 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 304 pages
Source: Christmas Gift (thanks Dad!)
Genre: Young Adult, Adult, Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal
Bookish Song: Maneater by Nelly Furtado
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

The first thing that made me want to read this book was it’s gorgeous cover, the second was it’s description. From the description alone I knew I was going to love this book. To sum up, this book is about sixteen-year-old Maren Yearly who has a tiny bit of a problem, she’s a cannibal. As an infant she ate her babysitter when her mother was out and ever since she’s been a literal maneater, moving all across the United States after she does “the bad thing” (a.k.a. eats someone) with her mother so the two will not be caught and put in jail. The day after her sixteenth birthday, Maren’s mother leaves as she is unable to cope with moving around the country and being a mother to a daughter who can eat someone at any given moment. Maren goes searching for her father, who left before she was born, to find out why she eats people and who she is along the way. Continue reading

Review: The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

IMG_20160531_181721Publication: October 1st 2015
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Pages: 286
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, Paranormal, Magic, Magical Realism, Romance, Writing Resource, Anthology, Short Stories
Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Among my family and a few close friends, it’s no secret that I hope to be an author one day. And with that hope, I’ve tried to read everything I could to become a better writer with little success. The writing “how to” books I have stumbled across were written more like technical manuals that gave advice but didn’t actually show how to use the advice in actual creative writing.

I read Stiefvater’s, Gratton’s, and Yovanoff’s anthology on short story writing The Curiosities last year and fell in love with it. I loved seeing how these three very different authors each with their own unique style come up with stories which originated from the same prompt, and I loved reading their comments and edits on each of the stories.

After reading, I found out that The Anatomy of Curiosity would be published in late 2015 and would focus on novel (or novella) writing. This was the exact type of book on writing I was looking for, one that not only gave advice for how to write but gave examples through the authors’ own writing for how they progressed through their stories.

To better explain the book, I’ll highlight each authors story and what they hope to get across to readers. Continue reading

Review: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, Paranormal, Magic, Romance, Mythology (Welsh)
Source: Bookmobile (first three), and Andrea a.k.a. Mermaid Tales for The Raven King
Overall Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

I read The Raven Cycle series over a span of a few weeks so naturally it made sense to make one giant review for each of the books!

I’ll also note that I hadn’t read a YA novel in a long time before this series and I really enjoyed it! Maybe I’ll have to look into more YA series…

Also shout-out to my friend Nimra for recommending the series to me! 😀 Continue reading