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Book Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Though a bit of a drag in some parts, it is undeniable that this book had a grip on me. In part this is due to the unique premise, and the tantalizing memory surrounding it, but also because the narrative voice is strong and different and mesmerizing.

The Summary

April May notices a peculiar statue during a late night journey home in NYC. She calls up her friend Andy to film her analyzing this statue, that she believes to be an art installation. This video leads to overnight viral fame. The statue April dubs “Carl,” is not just in NYC, but in dozens of cities throughout the world. And April might have made first contact…

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Book Review: Muse of Nightmares

Though Strange the Dreamer is delight and sweetness and mystery, Muse of Nightmares is a different story altogether. It is dark and solemn and so, so heavy. Where Strange the Dreamer hinted at horror, Muse of Nightmares brings that out to the forefront. The book leaves a bitter taste, but not for lack of quality or investment. It’s just the nature of the story Laini Taylor is telling.

The Summary

Sarai is dead, now a ghost under Minya’s control. This changes everything. Instead of looking in fear at Weep, those around Minya hope to save it.

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Book Review: Mirage

Mirage is one of those books I didn’t know I needed until I read it. It’s a very relationship-centric book, and mostly builds up to a plot without getting deep into it. In another book I might have hated the lack of “plot,” but here I loved it.

The Summary

Amani is kidnapped and secretly brought to the royal palace. Here she discovers that she has an uncanny resemblance to the horrible half-Vathel Princess Maram. To protect against attacks on Maram’s life, Amani must learn to talk and act like Maram, to be Maram, in order to stand in her place in dangerous situations.

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Book Review: The Way You Make Me Feel

If you compressed a million bursts of sunshine into a food truck, you get this book. That probably sounds like nonsense, but this book was an entirely new experience. I didn’t like it for any reason other than that it made me laugh, and it made me happy. Sometimes that’s all you need from a book.

The Summary

After she takes a prom night prank too far, Clara is stuck working on her father’s food truck all summer with her archnemesis. That means no summer days by the pool, or overseas vacation away with her mother. Worst. Summer. Ever.
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Book Review: Catwoman Soulstealer

Maybe it’s because of Queen of Shadows. Maybe it’s because I still haven’t managed to enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses enough to finish reading it. Maybe it’s bad Internet buzz, tainting my own opinions. Whatever the reason, however, I can say one thing for certain. I approach Sarah J. Maas books with caution, even though her hits far outnumber her misses in my eyes. And so, with that caution, I picked up this book. And somehow managed to be surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

The Summary

Like the other titles in the DC Icons series. Catwoman: Soulstealer focuses on a famed DC comic character in her youth. Unlike the other DC Icons titles, this one does not a character that fits under the name of Soulstealer. Wonder Woman had a Warbringer. Batman had Nightwalkers. Where is the literal Soulstealer?
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Book Review: Our Dark Duet

I enjoyed this one less than I’ve enjoyed Schwab’s other books, but even Schwab’s weaker book manages to be better than most others.

The Summary

Weeks after the events of This Savage Song, Kate is no longer on the run, but instead rooted in Prosperity, finding purpose in fighting its monsters. August remains in Verity, fighting the monsters Kate left behind.

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(Bonus) Book Review: See All the Stars

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

For a book where not much happens, I suppose it was decently interesting.

The Summary

In a Now/Then narrative format, readers watch as Ellory’s life falls to pieces. Then: Ellory meets Matthias, falls in love, and sees her life change forever. Now: Ellory returns to school, forced to face a painful past.

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Book Review: Sea Witch

On some level it was probably dumb to read two Little Mermaid inspired stories in such close proximity of time. Even so, I didn’t find myself comparing Sea Witch frequently against To Kill a Kingdom. The former is moreso a prequel than a retelling, and though both focus on antiheroes, they are different in tone and execution. Despite the differences–the books can hardly be compared beyond where its inspiration comes from–one of these titles is clearly superior. And it isn’t this one…

The Summary

Evie has always felt like an outcast in her community, a feeling that only grew after her best friend drowned. When Anna seems to inexplicably reappear in the form of a mermaid-turned-human named Annemette, Evie thinks she might have her chance to fit in, and to make up for losing her friend so many years ago.
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