Review: The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

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Publication: June 14th 2016
Publisher:  Knopf
Pages:  768 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Horror, Psychological, Adult
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

If you asked me to describe this book in two words, it would be this: Fucked Up. While those two words definitely sum up certain parts of the novel, it doesn’t even begin to sum up the novel as a whole. Continue reading

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Review: Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

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Publication: May 17th 2016
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Pages:  384 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Once again, Brenna Yovanoff has the uncanny ability of writing a book which crawls right inside my skull.

Like with my review of her other novel, Paper Valentine, it’s hard to know where to begin. Yovanoff’s novels always cover a lot of ground from characterization, setting, to flawlessly meshing genres into a perfect amalgam.  Continue reading

Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Publication: September 20th 2011
Publisher:  Ecco
Pages:  378 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mythology, Greek Mythology, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQ*
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

When I think of Achilles, I think of the maybe gay invincibly strong Greek hero with a weak heel who threw a tantrum on a beach to his sea-nymph mom after losing his slave girl to Agamemnon. This book made me completely rethink my perspective on Achilles. Continue reading

Say hello to Six Blue Marbles Book Reviews!

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Unless you’ve already read my post on Instagram, this name change probably came as a surprise to you. Sorry about that, I hope you weren’t too confused!

But yes, for those wondering Stuck in a Story Book Reviews is now Six Blue Marbles Book Reviews!

But why did you change the name?

I’ve been debating it for a while because the production company my sister and I started was also using the name Stuck in a Story (Productions). It was my idea to use the name for the production company because I had given up blogging for a bit because I didn’t think I was doing well at it, but here I am trying again! It just got too confusing having a production company and book review blog with the same name, so it made more sense to change the blog name to something more bookish.

But where does the name come from?

Like I mentioned above (and made obvious in the picture) the words “six blue marbles” comes from a book. The book is We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I read it last year and it quickly became one of my favourite novels. The protagonist Merricat talks about the six blue marbles as one of the items she uses in her practices of sympathetic magic to protect herself, her sister Constance, and their house from evil. I loved the image and phrasing of it when I read it, and then when WiseBraveGirl on Instagram revealed she had gotten her username from another Shirley Jackson novel, The Haunting of Hill House, it seemed like a sign that I should change mine to a Shirley Jackson theme as well!

So yeah, welcome to Six Blue Marbles Book Reviews! Same reviews and memes, new name, maybe more Shirley Jackson in the future. Who knows? 🙂

Review: Samhain Island by Taylor Thomas

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Publication: October 30th 2015
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages:  148 pages
Source: Author (Thank you!)
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Supernatural, Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When the author, Taylor Thomas, messaged me about this novel, I immediately became interested because of the title. You see, I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween that is much more hate than love. I love the magic that Halloween brings, the myths, the stories, and the magic. But I absolutely hate being scared, and that seems to be the main focus of the holiday. From reading the description, I didn’t get any scary vibes that I usually do when reading the back of horror movies, but instead the feel of a cute, spooky mystery that reminded me of Gravity Falls. I wasn’t wrong.  Continue reading

Review: The Umbrella Tree by Nicholas A. McGirr

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Publication: June 4th 2016
Publisher: Amazon
Pages: 27 pages
Source: Author (Thank you! :D)
Genre: Novelette, After-life, Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Umbrella Tree is incredibly different from the first book in the Tree Collection. It isn’t ambiguous like The Life Tree which I found very comforting. When I received this book in the mail, I wondered whether or not it would be a direct sequel from The Life Tree following the protagonist and whether or not they came to the realize that they had committed suicide and been transformed into a Life Tree. I was surprised to find that the novel followed a new character, a man named Strickland, an alcoholic who had his full memories of life and was transformed as an Umbrella Tree in his next life. Continue reading