An unexplainable force drew me to this book. And clearly that force knew what it was doing because Nice Try, Jane Sinner was a surprising delight. It’s a book I needed, even if I didn’t know I needed it until I was reading it.
A personal incident sends Jane’s life spiraling out of control. When Jane decides not to finish high school, the only acceptable course of action as dictated by her parents is to attend the nearby community college. She agrees to do it…as long as she may move out. What she doesn’t share is that she is moving into the home of the college’s low budget YouTube reality series. Jane is all in to win it.
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I find that my opinion falls in the same camp as everyone else. This book is beautiful on the outside, both in physical nature and in summary, but dark and twisted and rotten on the inside. And I mean that in a good way. The Belles is a book that makes you think. Then think some more. It’s been a few weeks since I read this and I am still thinking about it.
Camellia is a Belle in the world of Orléans. Belles are beloved above all else because they control the beauty in Orléans. It’s not just enough for Camellia to be one of the Belles, however, she wants to be the Favorite Belle…the one who has most say in beauty standards created in Orléans. As Camellia gets closer to the royals, and to the role of Favorite, she discovers that a lot of sinister happenings are hidden behind the happily portrayed world of the Belles. It’s part fantasy, part mystery, and all social commentary, as I’ll discuss below the cut.
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I first watched the Anastasia movie a few years ago. The story, after all, sounds amazing. The movie, however, bored me. I could hardly focus on it. Despite my movie boredom, my appreciation of the story made me eager to read Heart of Iron. Unfortunately, this led to yet another Anastasia disappointment. Maybe I’m not as enamored by the story as I thought I was.
Criminal Ana is on a mission with metal (robot) D09 (Di) and alien (by our standards) Jax to find coordinates that lead to a long forgotten ship that could save D09 from a memory core glitch fatality. This mission puts them in the path of Robb, of semi-royal blood, who needs the coordinates to find his long missing father. After a lot of sci-fi intrigue and some royal revelations, I’m still not sure how I feel about this book.
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If this book is in fact adapted to film, I have high demands. It must start in black and white, and have dated costumes and lots of drinking and smoking and an excess of pressed suits and trench coats. If the pre-Hinterland action is styled to fit in with the rest of film noir history, then the adaptation is a failure. I don’t want it to be a failure. This eerie, film noir fairy tale book was impressive and unique and would make such a great movie if stylistically it is done accurately.
Alice and her mother have been on the move their entire lives, cursed with bad luck hitting them at every place they live. When Alice’s grandmother dies, it seems like the curse may lift. After an unwelcome coffee shop visit from a deranged fan of a book Alice’s grandmother wrote, however, Alice isn’t so sure the curse is gone. Then her mother is kidnapped…by the very people her absentee grandmother once wrote about.
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Credit where credit is due. I may have, in the end, been bored by this book but it still gets credit for touching on elements not often portrayed in YA.
Shalia agrees to a political, arranged marriage with King Calix in hopes of bringing some peace in the midst of an unending war. The arrangement soon becomes very dangerous indeed when Shalia discovers she has earth Elementae powers, something she has to hide from her Elementae-hating husband.
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This was a weird one. Even weirder is that the parts of the book I liked were the weird parts.
Zara Cole’s criminal past takes a dark turn when prison suddenly becomes the safest place for her to be. Then she is selected by the Leviathans, an alien race of spaceships, to become an Honor, a group of humans permitted to travel with the Leviathans. Seeing no better options for her, she accepts the new title. If only she had known just how dangerous the journey would be….
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Mare’s life is suddenly on a roller coaster of luck. First she finds a way to escape the draft, but then ruins that chance by also ruining her sister’s livelihood. Then she makes an unlikely friend who gets her a servant job for the royals. Then she falls on a force field and discovers hidden lightning powers. Then, to cover up for a Red having powers reserved only for Silvers, Mare is pulled into a nonsense plot to have her married to a prince. Did I catch it all? This book is very plot-driven, and I couldn’t bring myself to care about any of it.
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[Here’s my belated Friday post…life was busy this weekend!]
I continue to expect oversaturation of Beauty of the Beast…there are so many adaptations…but once again my skepticism was proved wrong. Hunted, despite taking its framework from a tale as old as time, manages to be its own unique story.
When Yeva’s family loses everything, and is forced to live in a cabin far away from town, she is the only from her family who isn’t feeling down on the move. It puts her in the wilderness, where she can do what she loves most: hunt. Things take a tragic turn when their father disappears while searching for a strange beast in the woods.
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Whatever I am, let it be enough.
A Gathering of Shadows is the low-key sequel to the excellent A Darker Shade of Magic. It’s no surprise that my newly discovered adoration for V. E. Schwab extends to this sequel. What is surprising, however, is the reasoning for my love. A Gathering of Shadows is a different kind of book, and excellent on its own.
Four months have passed since the events of A Darker Shade of Magic. Red London is preparing for the Element Games, an international competition for magic users. Whether they want it or not, the competition proves effective at bringing these reluctant allies back together.
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I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Elena has always been on the run with her father. Overnight, life gets crazier than that when she finds out her father is a dragon, deals with him dying by a dragon, and then gets whisked away to a school where either you are a dragon, or you ride a dragon. Everything becomes about dragons, and some way or another, Elena has to find a way to fit in.
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