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

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong (Casey Duncan #1) Review

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Publication: January 2nd 2016
Publisher:  Sphere
Pages:  352 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary, Adult
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

I was given an ARC of the second book in the Casey Duncan series, A Darkness Absolute, to review from the publisher. Since I hadn’t read the first one, I decided to read it first so that I could fully understand the book I was asked to review.

I am now convinced that Kelley Armstrong can write anything. Paranormal teen romance? She’s got you covered. Fantasy? Been their done that. Contemporary? Hell yeah! And now she can write mystery and thrillers. 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: 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: 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

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