Review: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

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Publication: February 1st 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Pages:  368 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating: ⛤⛤

“Everything he knew about loveliness began and ended with her” (Giles 122).

Well this was one weird book. It’s hard to even think about where to start with this review because it was NOTHING like how I expected the story to be and it was just so weird.

Some people on Goodreads thought this book was going to be a Contemporary, I thought it was going to be a Contemporary turned Dystopian, or a recent Dystopian society that hasn’t turned into full Dystopia yet, but it’s none of the above! Instead The Edge of Everything is a strange paranormal fantasyish romance. Continue reading

Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Publication: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages:  407 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Decent people…always believe other people can be virtuous…” (Garber 249).

It’s one of 2017’s hottest books, and after many weeks of it mysteriously disappearing in the library catalogue, and getting through my horrifically long TBR Pile, I’ve finally read it. And guess what…I LOVED IT! Mostly, but we’ll get to the mostly part later.

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Review: Heartless by Leah Rhyne

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Publication: May 10th 2016
Publisher: Polis Books
Pages:  320 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Horror, Retelling, Science Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

“Expect the worst and you’ll never be disappointed” (Rhyne 67).

Jo Hall is dead. Well, kind of. She can still think, walk, and talk like a person is supposed to. She can still crack jokes with her roommate Lucy and tweet like a fiend. But her heart doesn’t beat anymore, she doesn’t have to breathe, she’s starting to smell (like, really smell), and her body has kind of started decomposing before her eyes. Jo remembers being taken in the middle of a snowstorm and then waking up in a morgue, now a monster. Jo wants to find out who did this to her, and her best friend Lucy and maybe boyfriend Eli are ready to help, but who knows what dangers Jo’s search will uncover.
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Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

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Publication: January 24th 2017
Publisher: Katharine Tegen Books
Pages:  387 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“‘Well, people tend not to think clearly when a black girl is suspected of killing a little white girl.'” (Jackson 222).

Mary Addison killed a baby when she was nine-years-old. Allegedly. She never hardly spoke when questioned or at the trial, and when she did she said she didn’t remember what happened to baby Alyssa, and that was enough to lock her in jail for six years before she was released into a group home, which is where the reader first meets Mary. Continue reading

Review: Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

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Publication: August 20th 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages:  429 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Adult, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Mystery, Speculative Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

Radiance, I love you right in the face!

I went through many different emotions when while reading this book. It started with interest, confusion, frustration, excitement, awe, and then getting unexpectedly hit with THE FEELS!

When I finished Radiance, I couldn’t help thinking about how long this must have taken Valente to write. Not only is it a fairly large book, it’s also written in a variety of styles from editorials, letters, diary entry’s, film scripts, noir, gothic, surreal, and a whole slew more I’m sure I’m forgetting. But then I found out it only takes Valente 30 days to write a novel, even a radiant one like this, and I got jealous, but she’s an amazing author so it only makes sense that a brilliant person could write such a brilliant story. Continue reading