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

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The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo

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Publication: January 5th 2016
Publisher:  Grove Press, Black Cat
Pages:  304 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Sci-fi, Dystopia
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

Hey Finland, how’s everything going on your side of the world? With all the dystopia literature set in the States (and the current dystopia narrative currently being written), sometimes we North Americans forget that dystopia narratives can happen in other parts of the world?

You doing okay? Your society hasn’t become a feminist dystopia? Just checking in. Continue reading

Review: The Merciless by Danielle Vega

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Publication: June 12th 2014
Publisher:  Razorbill
Pages:  279 pages
Source: Bookstore (Chapters)
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
My Rating: ⛤⛤.5

I wanted to love this book so much. I was so excited to read it just from how the back of the book started alone:

“Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.”

I mean, when a back of the book starts like that, how could you not want to read this book? I wanted messed up high school girls who thought were dark and twisted and just wanted to hurt one of their classmates, but instead I got literal demons. Continue reading

Review Round-Up!

Hi everyone!

I last posted a month ago and that is way too long! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts on here, as well as on Instagram. In September I got hired in three different jobs: one full-time, one part-time, one occasional. I’m still trying to organize my time for when to post and write reviews, but I have been keeping up with my reading which is good!

I thought it was best to do a Review Round-Up of some of the books I read over the summer/recently.

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Review: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

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Publication: June 7th 2011
Publisher:  FirstSecond
Pages:  221 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Graphic Novels, Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Why don’t I read more graphic novels?! I’ve loved all the ones I’ve read, and I still don’t read enough of them!

Anya’s Ghost is a fun read about an angsty teenage girl named Anya who accidentally falls down a well on her way home from school, finds a skeleton in said well, and then befriends the ghost of said skeleton, Emily. At first Anya isn’t too happy to have a ghost friend following her around, but when she learns that Emily can help her improve her miserable high school existence, she immediately listens to everything her new ghost friend suggests.
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Review: Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong

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Publication: April 5th 2016
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Pages:  448pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

Let me start by saying I love Kelley Armstrong. I love that she is a Canadian author, that she experiments in many different genres, and that she just keeps writing. She has so many books to her name and her stories are loved by many readers, including me.

What I don’t love about Kelley Armstrong are her series. But that isn’t completely true either. Continue reading

Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Publication: July 5th 2016
Publisher:  Greenwillow Books
Pages:  464pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal,
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤.5

This book has been buzzing around my bookstagram for so long I knew I had to read it. I’ve heard so many good things about Victoria/V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series, so I thought it might be good to start with her newest book. It was getting rave reviews, so it must be a good place to start, right?

Yes, it was. I really really enjoyed This Savage Song, but I’m really torn about how to rate it. I felt one way when reading the book, another when it was finished, and another way again when I found out it was a part of an upcoming series. So I’m going to keep my 3.5 rating for now, because it seems the best middle ground to sort out my feelings for the book. Continue reading

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