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I like books. A lot. I buy them when I should buy clothes, or you know, food. I like to talk about books. A lot.

 

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Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

I am totally prepared for this book to screw with my head!

Why Fantasy Trumps Contemporary (for Me)

Those of you who are familiar with this blog know that I love fantasy. Most of the books that define me as a reader are YA fantasy types. Today I thought I’d share with you the reasons why fantasy generally works for me better than contemporary novels.

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Dear Goodreads, Kindly GTFO

This post. All of this. My sentiments exactly. I could not have said it better. 

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The Real Boy - Anne Ursu, Erin Mcguire I always love Anne Ursu. I wish I had been able to read her books when I was younger. Still, as an adult, they manage to hold a lot of appeal.

Skylark

Skylark - A very strong, solid 3.5 stars. There is a lot going on in Skylark - dystopia, post-apocalyptic, magic, AND steampunk - but Spooner makes it all come together pretty well, for the most part. A few unexpected twists and turns amp up the stakes, and it all reads easily and fast.
The Gods of Heavenly Punishment - Jennifer Cody Epstein Bleak, uncompromising, honest, raw, and hard to put down.Real review to follow.

Daughters of Rome

Daughters of Rome - Kate Quinn

Okay, Ms. Quinn, here's the deal: I really like your books, but some basic research would go a long way to improving them.

 

Vocabulary, basic knowledge of how a vomitorium works.... these things are important if you want to write a solid historical fiction novel set in ancient Rome. Just a note.

 

I will still keeping reading this series but don't make me hate myself over it.

Find Me

Find Me - Romily Bernard

 

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I'd been looking forward to Find Me for months. Another case of an excellent cover, plus a promising blurb... I was sold. And, for the most part, I happily found that Romily Bernard's debut holds up to the expectations I had going into it. This is a rather strong debut, though one not without its faults. I raced through this in an afternoon, because Bernard's talent added to Wicket's pulse-racing story was not something I could set down and come back to later. It's an incredibly readable story; thoroughly entertaining with just the right dashes of creepy.

I liked what Bernard had to offer - the prose can lean a bit more to the "telling" than the "showing" of the standard writing rule, but this is a taut, often suspenseful read. From the first chapter, I was intrigued and the tension was palpable. The beginning is especially well done - the readers are plopped down into Wick's life and it's a maze of trying to figure what's really going on, and who to trust. The pace is breakneck and pages fly by with ease and alacrity as Wick begins unfolding the mystery around what happened to her former friend Tessa.

Wicket is a pretty good protagonist. On a scale of Bella Swan to Karou, she's definitely more on the Karou side. Meaning: she's rather well-fleshed out, she has a definite personality. and she doesn't let her growth come as a result of her love interest. She does make some mistakes and is imperfect, but I liked her and I liked how proactive she was as a main character. Her sister Lily is the main reason Wick gets through all the crap that has happened to her, but Lily remained a bit flat throughout the story. She is more important as a plot device than as a real person, and her characterization showed that.

Sadly, as much as I liked Wick and wanted good things for her, I really was left cold by the romance. It was unnecessary and it just didn't fit in well with the thriller/mystery vibe of the story. I found myself wanting to skim over the less plot-centric segments. I probably could have without missing anything essential, and that is Not Good. The love interest himself is not the problem --- it's the inclusion of any romance at all. Find Me is a perfectly engaging story of suspicion and suspense and the love storyline only subtracts from the better elements. Wick is plenty sufficient to carry the story, and the rest just reads and feels like filler.

Though the main events of Find Me are wrapped up pretty finally and neatly, though the author leaves a little wiggle room at the end. I didn't mind because there is plenty of resolution to be had for this particular plotline. It all feels resolved, and I wouldn't be averse to continuing a next book with Wicket pursuing a different antagonist. All in all, I was pretty satisfied with this young adult thriller and look forward to whatever Romily Bernard writes next.

Paper Towns

Paper Towns - John Green This picture sums up my feelings quite nicely:

Mistress of Rome

Mistress of Rome - Kate Quinn Good, but could use some editing. As Renae pointed out, the vocabulary is anachronistic and once you notice that, it's hard to not to see it. Still, I enjoyed it, and plan to read the sequels.

Burn for Burn

Burn for Burn - Siobhan Vivian, Jenny Han

 

I really liked this, but there was definite room for improvement. The supernatural? aspect felt weird and unnecessary, some of the characters were exceedingly one-dimensional. That aside, this book is pretty darn fun and very readable.

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace Epic readalong with Flannery, Catie, Bonnie, Molly, Maggie, Nomes, Michelle, and Heidi!
Painted Hands: A Novel - Jennifer Zobair As a white, atheist, Irish-American feminist, I am having a hard time analyzing this book. I'm certainly going to try, but what do I do know about Painted Hands is that it is exceedingly well-written, gripping, and thoughtful.Review to come.

Conjured

Conjured - Sarah Beth Durst In a nutshell: Intriguing concept, decent writing, problematic characters, erratic pacing.Review to come.

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