Review: Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), and Matthew Wilson (Illustrator)

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Publication: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Image Comics
Pages:  144 pages
Source: Christmas Gift (Thanks Rachel and Chantal!)
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fiction, Sci-Fi,
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

For anyone who ever wondered what Stranger Things would be like if it followed a group of girls instead of boys, this graphic novel is it!

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Stranger Things, but the show did make me very aware of the fact that there are very few stories that follow a group of girls in a coming of age story without them hating each other or stabbing each other in the back. So I was so happy when my friends gave me this for Christmas a few years ago because I had wanted to read it for forever! Continue reading

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Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

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Publication: July 3rd 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:  305 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, YA, Sci Fi
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Now I know that there are just some things so terrible you can’t cry about them, because if you start, you will never stop,” (James 191).

I saw this book on bookstagram and it peaked my interest with it’s beautiful cover and interesting title. Yes, it’s another title with “girl” in it; I don’t know if that’s a trend the publishing industry is ready to give up on any time soon. But I learned its science fiction, and since I hadn’t read a sci fi novel in a while and so much of the book already intrigued me I decided to check it out. Continue reading

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.

Time for another Library Loot bookworms! I’ve actually been doing a pretty good job of finishing my library books in a pretty timely matter. Let’s see if I can keep it up (and reach my Goodreads Reading Goal for 2018!). This week I got two books The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James and The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley. Continue reading

Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Publication: September 24 2013
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages:  371 pages
Source: Bought (Indigo)
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adult
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human” (Schwab 289).

V.E. SCHWAB I AM ADDICTED TO YOUR BOOKS! HOW DOES YOUR BRILLIANT MIND WORK? HOW DO YOU MAKE SUCH COMPELLING, INTERESTING, AND DARK CHARACTERS AND MAKE ME LOVE THEM? WHY ARE YOU SO AMAZING?

So if it isn’t obvious, I loved Vicious and I love V.E. Schwab (which is bound to become an old mantra very very soon). Vicious has been on my reading list since last year when I first read and fell in love with the Shades of Magic series (and V.E. Schwab), and if it weren’t for my many many holds at the library last year I probably would have read it sooner. But then Schwab announced that Vicious was getting a face lift to match the cover to its sequel Vengeful, so I made myself wait until the new cover came out to buy it. And am I ever glad I did. 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

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