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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Posted January 17, 2019 in Reviews // 10 Comments

I wish I had this book when I was 13.  My dad, totally ignorant, used to tell me that my responses were emotional because I was a girl and discount me completely.  I wish I had this book when I was 18.  On my 18th birthday, my boyfriend-of-the-time drove 400 miles to surprise me at college, and when I went to the hotel to spend the night with him, he expected sex.  I was sick as a god that weekend and I didn’t want to, but when he explained to me all that he had sacrificed to be here for me […]

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Posted December 27, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a story about an alien invasion, a girl who become unexpected famous overnight, and why it’s super dangerous to be a rash person.  On some levels, I thought this book was fantastic.  On others, I didn’t like it. But the overall takeaway I want people to have from An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is that it’s an absolutely remarkable book. Starting with the things… okay thing I didn’t like: April May. I couldn’t relate to April at all.  This doesn’t have anything to do with how she is written as a character or Hank’s choice in personality traits being flat […]

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The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Posted December 13, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

In many ways, The Queen’s Rising was a painful book for me to read.  I could see the fantastic ideas just below the surface, like viewing them through a simple gossamer curtain, but they never materialized.  At its very best, The Queen’s Rising is disappointing.  At its worst, it is raw and tedious.  It’s such a shame. Out story starts out with a rushed boarding school montage, where we learned Brienna is trying to become impassionated (a master of an art or skill) but doesn’t really fir any of the passions.  The idea that people have an affinity to or connection with […]

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Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Posted November 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

My brother got me this book for my birthday, because he read it and it’s one of his favorite books ever.  He loves it with a fiery passion and I’m so happy about that, because my brother has never been a heavy reader.  For myself, I am not quite so in love with Jane, though I did enjoy reading the book. I find Jane Sinner, as a character, frustrating.  She’s selfish and destructive.  In many ways, that works well but as a reader there were times I had difficulty connecting with her as a character, because she is so intentionally […]

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A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

Posted November 12, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I’ve got to be honest, I wasn’t in love with A Blade So Black.  The more I learned about the book, the less excited I was to be going into it.  There were areas near the beginning where I almost DNF’d it – but I am glad I didn’t.  As far as Alice in Wonderland retellings go, it wasn’t the worst!  There’s a lot of different aspects here I’d like to talk about, so I’m going to try and hit them one by one. First of all, as if my photo doesn’t scream it, I’m white.  My family came from Canada […]

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