Category: Reviews

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

Posted February 14, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  This book is absolutely heart-wrenching. It contains a beautiful friendship, but it contains even more horrible people.  There is so much pain written into this book, so many things happened that should not happen.  Girls Burn Brighter makes you fall in love with Poornima and Savitha and then shows what the world does to women, to Indian women, to poor women, to strong-willed woman.  The world, in case you have forgotten, is a dark and cruel place and so many people are selfish animals. So while I didn’t enjoy reading Girls Burn Brighter for all the pain and rage it left […]

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Posted February 11, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  I have always been utterly transported by the story of Inkheart.  The magic and simplicity of Cornelia Funke’s ideas makes me feel as though I could never be a successful writer because of how creative and clever she is, and also, sometimes it feels like all the very best stories are taken.  And I mean that in the best way possible. Sure, Inkheart isn’t perfect.  For one, at about 550pgs., it is far too long.  The pacing is quite slow and our characters spend a lot of time sitting around and waiting and worrying about things.  For that, I’m not sure […]

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Posted February 10, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Oh wow.  Okay.  Where to start with THIS book. I guess I’ll start by extending Shepard the benefit of the doubt.  I think she was trying to write the most sensational, over-the-top, unrealistic and ridiculous teenagers ever.  I think.  I think this was on purpose and not bad writing.  Right? The next thing I’ll do it give Emily some props.  Of all the characters in this nightmare of a novel, I think that Emily was the most… human?  Her character is the only one here who I think could have had an actual, interesting, “doesn’t make me groan aloud and roll […]

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Posted February 9, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  I have read The Golden Compass so many times, I know its beats as well as I know the rhythm of my own heart. This book is an old favorite – I’ve listened to the audiobook three times, including once with my husband; my old box set paperback copy has seen better days.  I have distinct memories of reading this book on my lap in high school French and hoping le professeur did not notice (I’m pretty sure she did).  And as I come back to The Golden Compass and His Dark Materials time and time again… it’s still good. There’s […]

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Posted February 4, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Um. Well. This book is immensely overhyped.  And I just don’t get the appeal. Okay, so the world building is really good.  You can tell early on that Mahurin has put a lot of time and effort into the magic system and political hierarchy and I would have loved to know a lot more about these things!  This world is ripe for a good witchy story, or an ill-fated adventure.  All that was marvelous.  It was there, haunting in the background, ready to be used and exploited!  But it wasn’t.  Because this is not an adventure book.  It’s a romance.  […]