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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

While I appreciate a few of the unique and creative ideas in Gravemaidens, there are a few things that made me pause.  At its bare bones, this is an interesting book with characters that could be loved. But it doesn’t quite get to that raving fan point.  Gravemaidens is a forgettable book, and honestly?  I’m disappointed. In a rare event for me, I let myself wait a day to write this review.  Usually, I’m scheduling these reviews within hours of finishing.  Gravemaidens required some additional thought, because I needed to find the right words to express the weird feeling I had […]

Posted October 16, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart

I had zero expectations for this book, and it blew me away.  What a fantastic debut. Scars Like Wings combines so many of the things I enjoy in contemporaries, and attached them to an amazing girl and an important topic.  How many times have we judged people by their outside, or thought less of them because of some sort of difference that makes us, for no good reason, feel uncomfortable? Difference is not something people like to talk about.  Because we all want to believe we have no unconscious bias and that we are all perfect humans. Ava is the sole […]

Posted September 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

The first word that pops into my mind to describe Shadow Frost is “indulgent”. This isn’t, strictly speaking, a bad book.  It’s relatively entertaining, but it’s extreme and predictable.  It has that Disney-esque quality of good triumphing over evil.  The characters are highly powered with limited training and few consequences.  There were some pretty cool ideas in the skeleton of this novel, but I just didn’t believe it.  At all. And, yeah, okay, this is a fantasy and requires suspension of disbelief.  I get that, I really do.  But I also have a problem with characters who achieve the highest levels of […]

Posted September 16, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

It took me a little while to untangle the threads of this book, but once I did, I thought it was wonderful. Six Goodbyes We Never Said is a story about grief and growth.  Both characters have a mental health condition – Naima has generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) while Andrew “Dew” has PTSD.  Both characters are orphans.  Both characters are trying to process the loss of their parents.  Candace Ganger opens up in the introduction to say that these mental health conditions are one she is or has experienced, and she’s split them into the two […]

Posted September 11, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I have some mixed feelings about The Grace Year.  On one hand, this book is really conceptually interesting. It has some serious The Handmaid’s Tale vibes and it’s atmospherically very creative and interesting.  But The Grace Year tried to do a lot of things all at once and I think it over-reached itself. For starters, the pacing was really weird.  Sometimes, we were able to really absorb the situation and the world, and when the story slowed down, the bits and pieces were excellent.  But there were other places that the story seemed to fast-forward and it was easy to get lost.  I […]

Posted September 4, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

I LOVED this book.  I feel like it did a pretty good job of filling the hole Moxie left behind when I finished that earlier this year.  It’s smart, the characters are great, and it doesn’t hesitate to take on a difficult topic. Before I go and squeal about it some more, I do want to leave some possible trigger warnings for the book, and turn-offs, depending on your politics.  Rebel Girls discusses extreme bullying, and there is one scene where a character’s locker is covered in graphic images of unborn fetuses.  Additionally, one of the themes of this book is […]

Posted August 29, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //