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Book Review: This Adventure Ends

It’s a week of reading contemporaries! I’ve wanted to read more from Emma Mills ever since I read Foolish Hearts several months ago. I loved that one, and felt a strong connection to the main character. Between her two previous titles, This Adventure Ends is the one that interested me the most.

The Summary

Sloane’s family moves from New York to Florida. She expects to live her new life with no friends, but under weird circumstances finds friendship with social media influencer Vera and Vera’s tense group of friends, including Vera’s brother Gabe. When a painting from Vera and Gabe’s late mother is accidentally sold, Sloane finds purpose in attempting to track down the missing painting.
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Book Review: Ruin and Rising

As my review earlier this week said, Leigh Bardugo has done the impossible. I don’t think I’ve ever fallen so immediately in love with an author’s entire body of work. It took me years to get to them, but they are some of the best books I’ve ever read.

The Summary

Once again on the run from the Darkling, Alina and Mal have a new goal in mind: find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. Only then will Alina have the power to stand against the Darkling.
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Book Review: Siege and Storm

Siege & Storm gets all the stars for two things. The first being that it introduced me to Nikolai, and the second being that the ending is AMAZING.

The Summary

Mal and Alina are on the run from the Darkling, who not only survived the incident at the Shadow Fold, but also developed new powers in the process. Alina once again finds herself back in Ravka, navigating what remains of the courts and the Grisha after Shadow & Bone.
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Book Review: Uprooted

Primarily, I read this book because I heard about Spinning Silver. Rumpelstiltskin is my all-time favorite fairy tale, and in fact the story that got me to love reading in the first place, so I go crazy whenever I hear about an adaptation. Spinning Silver, however, only came out in July, so it is too soon for me to pick up a copy at my local library. I decided to read Uprooted instead, to judge whether or not I should give Spinning Silver my time.

The Summary

This is yet another adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, however, it is only a loose retelling of the story you know and love/hate. Every 10 years a powerful magician, the Dragon, visits the valley to select a woman to serve him. Agnieszka is his unexpected choice. Continue reading “Book Review: Uprooted”

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Book Review: Choose Your Own Disaster

If you’ve been here since the beginning, you know that I’m a fan of Dana Schwartz. She’s one of the funniest people I know of online, and I’ve been low-key following her for so long that everything she writes is an automatic must-read. That explains the selection of Choose Your Own Disaster for reviewing on this blog…not only do I rarely read memoirs, but even if I did, it feels odd to me to write about someone’s real life. Since I do find writing about someone real to be weird, it’s only because I really, really loved this book that I’m reviewing it.

The Summary

Choose Your Own Disaster is Dana Schwartz’s tell-all of her high school, college and early adult life in the format of a choose your own adventure book, with personality quizes fit in to guide you while reading.
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Book Review: Ace of Shades

Every so often, I hit upon a very specific genre I don’t link. Mysterious-game oriented YA books must be one. Caraval and Ace of Shades give off similar vibes (and that brief description is the best I can think of to compare the two) and I didn’t particularly enjoy either of them.

The Summary

When her adopted mother goes missing, Enne travels to New Reynes (the Las Vegas of this fictional world) to find her mother. She seeks the help of hot-shot street lord Levi, a choice that pulls her into the darkside of this mostly dark city.
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Book Review: My Plain Jane

When I read My Lady Jane two years ago, it became an immediate favorite. I laugh so much in real life, and also when watching movies or TV, but not so much when I read. My Lady Jane was irresistibly funny, so My Plain Jane was an anticipated read from the moment the cover was released and its arrival became oh so real.

The Summary

My Plain Jane is a loose retelling of Jane Eyre, told from the POV of Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (a real person!) and ghost hunter Alexander Blackwood. Ghosts and supernatural beings are abundant in this one.

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Book Review: Fatal Throne

Fatal Throne, most of all, was a change of pace from my usual reading . I don’t read a lot of historical content, fiction or not, but the topic of this one had my interest. Most of my knowledge of the wives of King Henry VIII is from watching The Other Boleyn Girl…which, if you know anything at all about that story, you probably know that movie to be wildly inaccurate. Fatal Throne didn’t have the kind of gripping narrative that usually sucks me into a book, but it was interesting. Very interesting.

The Summary

As mentioned above, this book covers the story of each of King Henry VIII wives. Multiple authors contribute to the book, with each wife having a section from their own POV (penned by a different author), alternating with commentary from Henry.

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Book Review: Save the Date

This book was pitched as a modern day Sixteen Candles, which made it an automatic TBR on my Goodreads. Most people go for The Breakfast Club as the best rat pack/John Hughes movie, but Sixteen Candles is by far my favorite. And if I’ve said it once, I can say it a million times…but despite preferring fantasy as a genre, it’s the YA contemporary books that consistently impress me. Morgan Matson is on my radar, as is the revitalization of my interest in contemporary reads.

The Summary

After more than a year of separation from one person or another, Charlie’s family is back under one roof for a weekend to celebrate her sister’s wedding, and as a secondary task, promote the end of her mother’s famous, nationally known comic strip. It wouldn’t be a good book about a wedding for characters we’ve never met if everything didn’t go catastrophically wrong…

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