Review: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

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Publication: July 31st 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages:  384 pages
Source: Library
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤

“Pain isn’t supposed to teach you anything. It only exists to hurt you,” (Thomas, 5).

I’d been looking forward to reading The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas for a while. It was the cover that got me, I love me some minimalism and the beige with the cheerleading skirt and splashes of blood sold me on it before I even knew what the story is about. Continue reading

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Library Loot

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Happy Wednesday bookworms, it’s time for another Library Loot! It seems like my library holds just can’t stop, I keep getting more in, but luckily I’m keeping good track of them. Continue reading

Review: The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey by Peter S. Beagle

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Publication: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Pages:  165 pages (PDF)
Source: ARC (Thanks Tachyon Publications!)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher (Tachyon Publications) in exchange for an honest review. 

“What good is their fear to us? Let them
rather fear each other, as they do every minute they live, let them fear the world they make. They’ve never feared Hell as they fear their own lives” (Beagle 92).

Let me start by saying that getting the chance to receive and review this book was an honour itself. I adore Peter S. Beagle, have since I watched and fell in love with the movie The Last Unicorn as a little kid and later the novel when I was older. It’s a story that has stayed with me and in many ways has made me who I am today. But enough about me, let’s get on to the book. Continue reading

Review: What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

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Publication: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Harper
Pages:  368 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Adult, Adult Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Tamed. A word for a wild girl made obedient. A word for a hawk with clipped wings, a declawed tiger. A word that made me safe,” (Fine 245).

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. I wouldn’t say I’ve been in a reading slump the past few months, but I’ve read more blah books than good books. Sure the good books are there, but it’s maybe one book that really hooks me a month with the other dragging by. Not bad per se, but forgettable. Entertaining at the time but not in the long run.  Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Happy Top Ten Tuesday bookworms, I hope it’s been terrific so far!

This week’s theme is Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach. Now bookworms, I love reading, every book blogger does, but I cannot read by a pool/beach. It’s not like I’m afraid of getting the book wet or anything like that, it’s that if I’m near water then I’m swimming in it! I just love swimming too much! The idea of sitting on a deck/beach reading when I’m so close to the water is just mind boggling to me, but you do you!

So I’ve tried to choose some water-themed books that you might want to read by some water and I might want to read because it makes me want to swim! Continue reading

Review: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

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Publication: October 11th 2005
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Pages:  216 pages
Source: Niagara on the Lake Book Shop
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Feminism, Mythology (Greek), Historical Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

I’m a Greek Mythology junkie; give me a book on it or a book focusing on one myth or character and it’s mine to read. With all the talk of Circe by Madeline Miller, I’ve been itching to read it or something similar to tide over my mythology craving.

I’ve had The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood since last fall so it was the obvious choice, plus I’m also an Atwood junkie so it was like giving myself an extra treat to read. Continue reading

Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Publication: October 10th 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Pages:  386 pages
Source: Gift (Thanks Dad!)
Genre: Fiction, Sci Fi, Feminism, Dystopia, Gender Studies
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Gender is a shell game. What is a man? Whatever a woman isn’t. What is a woman? Whatever a man is not. Tap on it and it’s hollow. Look under the shells: it’s not there,” (Alderman 381).

TW/CW: Rape.

I’ve been waiting to read this book a good long time. Whenever you are waiting to read something that’s been on your To-Be-Read pile for a long time, you can’t help but get notice. The hype to reading the book is so great, will reading the actual book be as good as the wait? With Naomi Alderman’s The Power I can safely say it is. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and I’ve been looking forward to this theme for quite a while!

This week’s theme is Top Ten Frequently Used Words In (Insert Genre/Age Group) Titles, and just think about all the words that are possible for this theme! First you choose which genre/age group and it’s the best theme in the world!

I was debating doing YA, but after some thought knew I had to do common words in Thriller Titles, because I keep getting so annoyed by the recent trend of calling adult women protagonists “girls” (in fact, it’s the first word on the list!). Let me know in the comments below what words you’re tired of seeing in certain book genre/age group titles!

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