Replica by Lauren Oliver

Replica by Lauren Oliver

  I think what Lauren Oliver set out to do here insofar as format is really interesting and original – Replica is a flip book, meaning that instead of having an integrated POV, you can literally flip the book over and start the other POV afterward… or read chapter-by-chapter.  Reader’s choice!  As an audiobook listener, the choice was made for me (all one, then the other) but I do appreciate the concept and think it was a cool idea. The audiobook read’s Lyra’s POV first, then flips the book over to Gemma’s POV, so I’m going to address it like that… […]

Posted March 29, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud

The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud

  It’s such a different experience listening to the Bartimaeus trilogy rather than reading them.  Neither is bad, they’re just different.  I’ve read these books a couple times in hardcopy, and while I’ve listened to The Amulet of Samarkand a couple times… this is the first time I have listened to The Golem’s Eye.  In my memory, I liked The Golem’s Eye least of the series (I like The Ring of Solomon best) and never really felt the need to go on when a wave of nostalgia incited me to pick up something from my high school years.  I’m not sure if it’s the […]

Posted March 28, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson

  I am endlessly fascinated with espionage during WWII.  Or, really, any major war.  I blame the fascination on repeated viewings of Goldeneye when I was a child (it’s the best James Bond movie – I will fight you).  While Madame Fourcade’s Secret War has a little to do with Bond’s MI-6, for the most part, it tells it’s own story.  And this story was… incredibly good.  It is really everything I was looking for in a narrative this type. Marie-Madeleine Fourcade’s biography is exactly the type of strong female narrative we need in this world.  Lynne Olson writes Marie-Madeleine as a […]

Posted March 27, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Book vs. Movie:  Little Women (2019) (SPOILERS!)

Book vs. Movie: Little Women (2019) (SPOILERS!)

I’ll admit, the first time I saw a trailer for the 2019 Little Women movie, I balked.  This has nothing to do with the trailer or the fact that this movie was being made… and everything to do with the fact that I loved the 1994 version and dislike when there are remakes of perfectly good movies. But I love Emma Watson and I love Saoirse Ronan, so between that and the 100% always positive reviews, I wore down and went to see the film at the end of January.  And man, I am going to acquire so much hate for this post […]

Posted March 26, 2020 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments //
The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing and Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This was an unexpectedly beautiful book and exactly what i needed right now… and isn’t that a wonderful feeling? The Sisters Grimm is loosely tied into the Grimm tales, nodding and given respectful referential treatment to stories like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.  It is it’s own magic world, playing upon the use of portals and shadow realms, where the barriers […]

Posted March 25, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. First things first – I think that those who enjoyed Wicked Saints will enjoy Ruthless Gods.  There’s a lot of the same aesthetic and I personally thought the characters were constant.  Unfortunately, I’m coming at this from an angle where Wicked Saints was not quite as good as I wanted it to be, and Ruthless Gods did not improve the situation. There is still a little of the landscaping aesthetics I really liked […]

Posted March 24, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //