Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars 

As I was reading this, I remembered the story of Tamlin that I read several years ago. It too, is a story of love between a human woman and a faerie man. There is a curse and tasks must be completed in order for them to be together, but the cost will be high. I loved this one, and I am intrigued to see where it will go from here. It ends nicely enough that those who don’t want to read more wouldn’t have to, but there is so more to tell. The writing is beautiful. I haven’t read Ms. Maas’s other series, but now I plan to add it to my list.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was delicious. I love it when the second book is actually better than the first, rather than just a place filler. So much drama, action, tenderness. So much more to come. Squee.

It does veer into more adult territory, btw.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book opens with Minnow being arrested after beating up a boy, taken to the police station, questioned, and made to hand over the contents of her pockets, which include two skeleton hands wired together with gold. The hands belong to her, she has only stumps at the end of her arms. She's convicted of attempted murder, because the boy she beat/kicked almost dies. After being put in juvenile detention facility she tells her story in flashbacks, to her cellmate, an FBI man who makes a deal with her for the truth, and her memories.

Minnow has spent the last twelve years of her life living in the woods as part of the Kevinian cult. The Community has burned to the ground. The people are scattered. The Prophet is dead. Minnow alone holds the keys to what really happened that night. But will the truth matter to a justice system that seeks only motive and shows little compassion for victims who strike back against their abusers?

I have not read such an amazing retelling of the Handless Maiden, before. Very modern, very disturbing.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review: The Women in the Walls

The Women in the Walls The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm not a fan of creepy book. But I will read them, because so many of my students love them. This one had me intrigued, but confused. I had a hard time getting the setting figured out. I thought it was historical because they dress for dinner in this old Victorian mansion, and have fire places in their bedrooms that they use for heat. But Lucy and Margaret are schooled at home, online. Oh, that means computers. So, current day, I guess. Dad is distant and secretive. Margaret goes mad after her mother disappears. There are noises in the wall. Lucy cuts herself to release her pain. But Lucy is the strong one? I know this us jumbled, but so were my thoughts as I read this.

Spoiler for the ending on Goodreads.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Taylor, a good girl, nicknamed the Ice Queen by her classmates, wakes up in Evan's bed, not remembering how she got there. Evan, an admitted player, isn't too worried, but Taylor freaks out. This sounds like an opening to one of the many rape books books I've read this year; but nothing happened, really! Instead this is a super cute YA romance, clean, funny, with just a little bit of angst.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Review: Angel Catbird, Vol. 1

Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think Angel Catbird has potential. The writing felt very simplistic for an Atwood story. So much of issue one is world building but I still wanted more details. The characters are half animals/human and certainly act more animal like than human. Eat a rat? check. Scent a bird? check. Insta-lust? check. The drawing and coloring are detailed and fun to look at. I'll read the second one because I'm in for a new superhero who's human/cat/bird.

There are a lot of banners at the bottom of the pages with animal friendly messages and information. Also,there is tons of exploratory art in the back so you see the progression of the designs for the characters.

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