Category: Reviews

Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad by Sally Green

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Half Bad and Sally Green’s writing in general, but if I’m being perfectly honest, this novel was a bit of a struggle for me.  The world she was building, and Nathan’s story itself – all that was fine and lovely and well built and fascinating.  It’s not the story I struggle with, but the speed of the story. The format of this story is steady,  but slow.  It started well, in the. Idle of Nathan’s captivity, but then we go full stop and rewind to Nathan’s early childhood and work our way […]

Posted December 10, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea was a book worth waiting for. The beautiful worldbuilding made me fall in love with The Night Circus despite the slow pacing because it was a world I wanted to be pulled into, to exist within the book’s pages because it is a beautiful place, if somewhat tragic at times.  The Starless Sea has that same magical aesthetic. Even after having read it, I feel as though there are so many mor doors to open, so many more paths to walk.  It is ripe for a retread, because the Harbor is not a place that can be […]

Posted December 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides by Matt Inman

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides by Matt Inman

Reviewing comic books like 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth is tricky because it all comes down to sense of humor and personal preference.  Immediately from this title, I’m sure you all are thinking “she found a book about punching dolphins hilarious?  She’s a monster!”. … This book isn’t really about punching dolphins so much as it is full of observational humor and a lot of clickbait-sequel titles. I, yes, found it hilarious, as I often do with Matt Inman’s comics. My husband, on the other hand, was not amused when I kept handing him […]

Posted December 6, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

So, this book is fun and quirky and has a lot of diversity and fun characters.  It’s even a bit memorable in its way, so I’d have to say that… generally?  I liked it! There are a lot of good talking points in The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.  First of all, there is the voice it’s told in:  the voice has that dry, fun wit that I relate to a lot of British science fiction writers.  I really like that voice, because it catches me by surprise and makes me laugh with its subtlety and pointing out the […]

Posted December 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Just Ella was one of my FAVORITE books growing up, and the reason is so obvious to me.  There is so much girl power in this book, especially because it’s a middle grade book about princesses. Something to note: the cover rebranding for this book is a hot mess.  The original cover (which I’ve used in this review) shows a medieval-garbed princess with a tearaway to reveal her in common garb.  This tearaway affect so much better exemplifies the book and show Ella’s struggle.  The rebranded version is a modern looking ballerina princess on a pastel cover and is so misleading […]

Posted December 3, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

I’d be lying if I said The House of the Scorpion didn’t completely hold my attention. While the pacing in this book was a bit slow and meandering, I quickly became interested in what happened to the various characters.  I immediately loved Maria for all her spirit and care and her character arc made so much sense to me – I felt like it moved flawlessly.  But it wasn’t just Maria.  Matt, the main character, was interesting enough within the confines of his existential crisis.  The side characters were all interesting in one way or another and I really appreciated the […]

Posted November 28, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //