Review: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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Publication: March 7th 2017
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Pages:  336 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

A bittersweet end to a beautiful duology, once again Schwab packs action and emotion into a YA series that will be missed by many.

In Our Dark Duet we’re back following our favourite monster hunter Kate and favourite monster August and see just exactly how their lives have changed since Our Savage Song. Kate is still hunting monsters, but this time in Prosperity where she’s found an underground team of vigilantes who want to fight Prosperity’s monsters but don’t know Continue reading

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Review: Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

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Publication: February 23rd 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Inc.
Pages:  336 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
My Rating: ⛤⛤

“Everyone wanted to touch us. Including you. So remember the seven places you touched me. That’s where you’ll find the truth. In my words.
Start at the beginning” (Savage 12).

Oh boy, where do I begin.

The synopsis of this book offered so much. It sounded like a mix of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Virgin Suicides when ultimately it doesn’t hold a candle to them (or at least The Virgin Suicides. I haven’t read Thirteen Reasons Why. Yet.). Continue reading

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

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Publication: February 24th 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages:  398 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Adult
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

Magic, thieves, and three different London’s (well, four, but we don’t talk about that last one). These are all aspects of the world V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series, but there’s also so much more.

A Darker Shade of Magic follows Kell, one of only two people part of a dying race of magicians, the Antari, magicians who can travel to parallel universes. There’s Grey London, with little to no magic, White London, a world where magic is taken and controlled  by any violent means possible, Red London, Kell’s London, which thrives with magic, and Black London, a myth, a nightmare, a world consumed and lost to magic. Continue reading

Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell Review

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Publication: June 24th 2016
Publisher:  Self-published
Pages:  338 pages
Source: Author (Thank you! :D)
Genre: Romance, Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult, New Adult
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

Let me start by saying, I am not a fan of romance. I find the plots to be predictable, the characters to be annoying, and the romantic relationship to be too fluffy. But when I was asked to read and review this book, I accepted because I hadn’t read a romance novel since high school (unless you count the old Classics from university) and I was curious about what my thoughts would be after not reading one for so long. Continue reading

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay Review

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Publication: 1967
Publisher:  Penguin Classics
Pages:  208 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Classics, Gothic, Australian Literature
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Where most books have a small disclaimer on the fiction of the novel readers are about to read, written just below the publication date and other nonsense no one bothers with, Picnic at Hanging Rock has a blank page with this:

“Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction, my readers must decide for themselves. As the fateful picnic took place in the year nineteen hundred, and all the characters who appear in this book are long since dead, it hardly seems important.” Continue reading

Change Places with Me by Lois Metzger Review

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Publication: June 14th 2016
Publisher:  Blazer + Bray
Pages:  224 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Another long time without a review! I keep apologizing for this, and I keep getting worse at writing more reviews. But I’m not giving up yet. I just need to learn to organize my time better, write reviews whenever I have the opportunity instead of procrastinating.

Let’s hope I stick with it this time. 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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